By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui 671/Latif
Ex-Cadet of Cadet College Petaro
Syed Naeemul Hassan was born on 9th February -1960 at old Sukkur in the province of Sindh He belongs to an educated Syed family from UP. His grandfather was a Pesh Imam (a highly respected position in British India), while his profession was hikmat (traditional medicine).His father migrated to Pakistan on 14 August 1947 under very difficult conditions along with his wife and Naeem’s elder brother who was only 14 days old. (this child became an Air Commodore in Pakistan Air Force). Naeem has five brothers and two sisters. His father settled down in Old Sukkur and worked for Pakistan Railways.
After two years at Petaro as a N-Cadet (1976-78), Naeem joined Pakistan Navy and got his commission in 1981. As a lieutenant, he chose to take early retirement on medical ground and decided to go into privateservice. He joined the local representative of Emerson Electric UK/USA in Karachi to get into sales and marketing of electrical equipment.
Subsequently, he moved on to Makkah in Saudi Arabia where he worked in the same field. During the course of his stay in Makkah, he had a slip disc which led to a state of immobility. He performed his last Umrah on a wheelchair before returning to Pakistan. He made a promise to Allah that he would enter into welfare work in Pakistan if the Almighty would bring him back on his feet.
Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT)
This was the turning point in his life. As he recovered, Naeem kept his promise and joined LRBT (Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust) in 1990- a prominent NGO in Pakistan providing free eye treatment to the poor- where he was exposed to charitable work and a greater desire to serve humanity.
Naeem was part of the team at LRBT till establishment of 7 purposely built hospitals at Korangi Karachi, Tando Bago, Tando Adam, Gambat, Lahore Township, Akora Khattak and Kalakalay (Swat). This fast progress continues and till 2012 LRBT is operating 16 purposely built hospitals and 27 outreach facilities.
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
He then moved on to join lmran Khan’s SKMT (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust) as the General Manager for the Karachi region. Among his contributions to SKMT was the acquisition of a 20 acre piece of land to build a hospital in Karachi, and 2,275 sq yds of land from DHA as a donation to build a Diagnostic Centre. During his tenure, he raised over Rs. 2 billion from Karachi for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital over a period of 10 years.
This was a great learning period for him where hundreds and thousands of people suffering from cancer were treated. Truly the real cure comes from Allah alone. But at the same time, man must also make his own efforts and Allah rewards him for it.
Children Health and Education Foundation
Naeem was thus blessed by Allah where he devoted himself to the service of mankind. After great thought and an internal desire to do even more, he made his next move. He left a very highly paid job with SKMT to start an NGO that would aim to do a lot more for the poor children. Naeem established and started CHAEF – Children Health and Education Foundation in 2002. The primary objective of CHAEF is to work in the fields of health and education. In this regard, within this short period of time, CHAEF
has done wonders.
- Providing free treatment for common diseases
- Diagnosing deadly diseases at an early stage
- Utilizing state of the art technology for early diagnosis
- Providing medical consultation, medicines and laboratory tests free of charge
- Establishment of vocational training centres for girls
- Imparting free technical education to the under-privileged
- Providing primary and secondary school education free of cost
Many prominent Pakistanis and companies have come forth to recognize his work and have provided monetary and other support to CHAEF.
Syed Naeemul Hassan told me that idea of providing Free Primary Healthcare Services to the poor and needy came
to mind in 1989 and proposal was submitted to Mian Nawaz Sharif then Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Proposal was appreciated and was forwarded to the concerned department but was not implemented. He then established a Foundation (CHAEF) a NPO which started operation in August 2002.
The objective of the Foundation was based on the premise that large Specialty Hospitals were being built at exorbitant cost to manage end-stage Diseases whereas at a fraction of a cost these very diseases could have been detected prevented and treated in a Primary Healthcare facility.
This was based on his over 22 years of experience at the LRBT and Shaukat Khanum cancer Hospital where blindness could have been prevented and cancer could have been treated had it been detected earlier at an extremely low cost at a Primary Healthcare Centre Conviced with this idea he developed a vision of establishing these much needed Primary Health Care Centers all over Pakistan so as to provide Free Consultation Diagnoses, Treatment and Medication for common ailments which if left undetected, untreated at the intial stages can lead to kidney failure, terminal Cancer, blindness, heart disease, the list is endless. A unique model was established to provide (at the same premises) Education activities in the morning, Vocational Training in the afternoon and Healthcare in the evening.
With the support of well wishers and supporters like you the vision has, now become a reality. Over 8000 diseases of patients daily are being treated with the help of 142 health and education activities in Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, & Khayber Pakhtunkhwa receiving free Consultantions, Diagnostic Test, including Ultrasound Facility Mother Child Healthcare and quality Medication (to date in a short spam of 9 years a total number of over 9.5 million diseases of patients have been treated with medication} The Schools are laying special emphasis on Computer training and English Language skills besides providing basic education to all the students of these deprived areas mostly Kachi Abadis of Pakistan.
Cancer Care Hospital & Research Centre
Recently, Syed Naeemul Hassan and Dr. Shaharyar FCPS, Professor King Edward Medical College, Head of Department of Oncology and founder of cancer Research Society have signed and registered a trust deed for forming of a Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation, which has the plan to establish at Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta Cancer Care Hospitals and Research Centres followed by basic diagnostic I Primary Healthcare Centres all over Pakistan to be linked on computerized networking system so that basic diagnosis, treatment and medication and research for poor and needy patients of all types of diseases with focus on diagnosis of terminal diseases at stage 1 Emphasis shall be given on cancer so that patient can be treated before his disease becomes incurable and even if his disease reaches the incurable stage he would still be referred to palliative care department of the hospital which is being introduced first time in lahore.
A new Trust was registered on April 20th 2012 with the name of cancer Research & Treatment Foundation on which shall establish State of Art cancer Treatment and Care Hospital with Research Centre at Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Peshawar and Quetta .
Dr. Shaharyar Professor of Clinical Oncology King Edward Medical University Lahore and Chairman Cancer Research Group Foundation of Pakistan has been elected as the President and Syed Naeemul Hassan as Chairman of the Foundation respectively.
The Primary objective of the cancer treatment and Care Hospital is to treat and care all types of Cancer patients whether it is treatable or non treatable as Hospital will be having all facilities for treatment, Radiation ,Surgery Chemotherapy state of art Laboratories and Diagnostic Centre Emergency Service Out Patients and the most important the pain management Palliative Centre with Hospice so that patients pass their last phase of life PAIN FREE and poor people may not sell out their homes ,jewelry, house hold items to reduce the pain of their loved ones.
Shield of Honour By Amnesty International
Syed Naeemul Hassan received a shield of honour awarded by Amnesty International at a meeting held on August 22, 2006 at Rawalpindi in recognition of his enormous contribution in the field of social welfare and society’s development. Ms. LatimerHodgson, Regional Director, Amnesty International, Mr. Thomas McDermott, Representative UNICEF, Mr. lmran Khan, Chairman, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Qureshi, Chairman, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Mr. Fayyaz ur Rehman, President, Amnesty International-Pakistan were also present. Amnesty International also awarded their membership.
Honoring as Patron in Chief by Shaheen TB Foundation
Shaheen TB Foundation Lahore was eastablished by a group of Doctors and business men some 15 years back had very kindly requested Syed Naeemul Hassan to help them for raising funds and acquiring a piece of land for Construction of a full fledged T.B. Hospital. The Chairman and Board of Shaheen TB Foundation also requested Syed Naeemul Hassan to be the Chief Patron of the foudation which was gratefully accepted by Syed Naeemul Hassan.
While he worked for SKMT, he continued to support other charitable organizations as well. He worked for the following purely on a voluntary basis:
- Adviser to the Islamic Mission Hospital Trust (Now Indus Hospital)
- Member Executive Committee of Eye Care Society of Pakistan (JPMC)
- Adviser to Feroza Hashim Foundation
- Adviser for Fund raising to R.E.A.D. Foundation
- Member, S.O.S. Villages
- Adviser to the Petarian Foundation
Other philanthropists who sought out Naeem’s services included the late legendary film star Mohammed Ali who wanted to establish a kidney transplant centre in Lahore, late Hakim Saeed who shared ideas on establishment of a Women’s college in Madinat-ui-Hikmat. The Governor of Sindh recommended to the Sindh Health Dept to utilize Naeem’s expertise for betterment of conditions of the poor in Sindh.
For more information on CHAEF, please visit its website, or call Naeem at (0300) 820-2828. Email: email@example.com