Karachi -- The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and the Patients Behbud Society for AKUH (PBS) have entered a partnership with Eli Lilly Pakistan Pvt. Ltd. (Lilly) to provide access to targeted therapy treatment of cancer patients with limited financial means. The partnership was announced during an official signing ceremony held at the University Hospital premises in Karachi.
Under this partnership, Lilly will support 60% of the cost of Lilly's medicine for gastric, lung and colorectal cancer of all eligible patients from AKUH.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, every year, over 100,000 people are diagnosed with various types of cancers in Pakistan, with breast, lung, and colorectal cancers being the most commonly diagnosed in the country.
AKUH's Patient Welfare Programme and PBS' support for zakat Mushtehiq patients will cover the remaining cost of treatment. This initiative will provide many patients with hope for treatment and will improve their quality of life.
Ms. Shagufta Hassan, CEO, AKUH, Mr. Ammad Siddiqui, GM Lilly and Mr. Nadeem Mustafa Khan, President, PBS signed and exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding. Other senior officials from both sides were also present to witness the ceremony.
Mr. Ammad Siddiqui, General Manager, Lilly Pakistan said, "Lilly has a presence in Pakistan that goes back over half a century, and we remain committed to bringing our innovations for patients in Pakistan.
"Lilly has always pushed the boundaries of science to make conditions that are incurable today, treatable tomorrow, with a focus on 5 therapeutic areas - diabetes, cancer, immunology, pain and neurodegeneration. We are committed to bringing our innovative treatments to people who need them by ensuring patients have access to our medicines. - a commitment that...