Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Launches Online Medical Assistance Application

Last week, President Arif Alvi launched PBM’s smartphone app for the handicapped.

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To decrease the time taken in reaching out to the needy and streamline its services to those in need of urgent medical treatment, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) is launching an online assistance application.

Elaborating further, Managing Director PBM Aon Abbas Buppi said “We are committed to reaching out to the neediest on merit, without having them to run from pillar to post, or to beg someone for a ‘special favor’,” said.

He said that this decision was made to cut down on bureaucratic procedures and help provide the needed funds in seven days, which could consume a lot of valuable time.

Last week, President Arif Alvi launched PBM’s smartphone app for the handicapped. Its goal was to provide customized wheelchairs on a first come first served basis and to make the process easier.

“We already have spent over Rs two billion on providing medical care to 12,500 patients last year,” he said.

The president added that 198,635 deserving people were provided assistance last year. Out of this 40,000 were provided educational assistance, 5,500 orphans were given basic amenities in Dar-ul-Ehsaas Centres, 204,142 women were given vocational training and 47,000 students were given education stipends.

Aon Abbas said that the organization (PBM) is currently working on seven projects. These projects are aimed to help the poor segments. Out of all these projects, Aon is focusing more on cochlear implants.

“Imagine a child hearing the voice of his mother, hearing the Azan, for the first time, how would he feel,” Buppi said.

He also added that PBM has just started providing cochlear implants to children who are speaking and hearing impaired.

One cochlear implant costs around Rs.1.3 million to Rs.1.8 million. However, the PBM has agreements with four private hospitals to carry out the operation in Rs.1 million.

“We had a paucity of funds, we made an appeal and people in days donated Rs 180 million.”

Now, all of this has been made online. So far, 534 families have applied for cochlear implants. Their operations will be carried out in six months.

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