In 1995, the first batch of Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) pondered upon the need for a welfare organization in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where many patients died or were left inadequately treated due to very high expenditure of treatment. A welfare society was required to ensure that these underprivileged patients were provided with financial and moral support so that they could become a part of a healthy community.
Thus on 25th December 1995, the first batch of KMDC inaugurated an organization by the name of H.O.P.E.S. (Help Of Patients in Exigency by Students) which had the sole purpose of helping the underprivileged, Zakat deserving patients of ASH.
H.O.P.E.S. started as a free Drug Bank in a small room in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital which later became famous as ‘Room No. 41’. Volunteers spent 3-4 hours of their day in this room and provided the patients with free medications and diagnostic facilities.
For seven years H.O.P.E.S. remained confined to this room with limited resources and funds from which it could only help 4 out of 10 patients admitted in the hospital. Volunteers collected Zakat and donations from their friends and families to ensure a dynamic budget.
In 2003 a No profit-No loss pharmacy was established in ASH where every patient of ASH and even outside ASH could get medicines, surgical items and other medicinal articles at the lowest price in the city. Gradually more pharmacies opened, this time outside ASH, in Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and Dental OPD of KMDC.
In 2005 when a catastrophic earthquake hit Pakistan, the volunteers of H.O.P.E.S. stood up for their nation and provided medical aid to the victims of Punjab and NWFP. Since then H.O.P.E.S. has been working for the victims of various natural disasters throughout the nation including the flood of 2011, 2012 and the latest earthquake which hit Baluchistan in 2013.
Today H.O.P.E.S. provides the following services:
- Free Drug Bank for patients of ASH
- No profit-No loss pharmacies at ASH, KIHD and Dental OPD of KMDC
- 24 hours Casualty Drug Bank for patients of ASH
- Diagnostic facilities
- Arrangement of Blood and Blood products
- Relief work for victims of natural disasters nationwide