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Dr Muhammad Mazhar Awan

Author Detail:"After my graduation in 1982 from Sindh Medical College, Karachi and house job in JPMC, I worked with a leading ophthalmologist Dr. Akhtar Jamal Khan, FRCS, and at Aga Khan University Hospital to complete my training. After this I got my post-graduate Membership Diploma from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan in 1991.

Coming from middle class myself I always felt the pain of people who were denied service at these prestigious institutions for lack of resources for decent but expensive health care. Working for more than two decades in similar circumstances, at-last became at peace with myself when in principle I decided to dedicate the remaining years of my career for the service of less fortunate.

Better late than never, formed and got registered, Danishsra Welfare Association in 2004, and established an Eye Hospital as its pioneer project by the name of Sheikh Aziz-ur-Rehman Eye Clinic. The details of this project, now in in its fifth year of operation, can be seen on We have so far, provided decent consultation services to more the 20,000 patients, and State of the art cataract surgeries to more the 2,000 patients, on highly affordable or free of cost basis, to the middle and poor class individuals respectively.

Having accumulated enough experience of setting up, and running successfully a smaller unit, now I feel the time is ripe for us to switch over to a larger scale and scope to meet the challenges in their actual dimensions and magnitudes."