Bilqees Sarwar Foundation continues to provide free plasmapheresis treatments for patients in Pakistan6 Mar 2016
NRS International‘s family-run charity Bilqees Sarwar Foundation (BSF) has renewed its partnership with Pakistan Myasthenic Welfare Organization (PMWO) through a PKR 1.3 million (USD 12,402) investment to provide free plasmapheresis treatments and create a new public online signup application to ensure access to all patients in need.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), BSF will continue to provide 100 free state-of-the-art plasmapheresis treatment kits for patients suffering from neurological and chronic medical disorders. The treatments will be done at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore, one of the oldest and largest hospitals in South Asia. The MOU expressed the goal of both organisations joining its endeavors to provide the best possible life-saving service for patients, free of charge.
“Chronic medical disorders can have a major impact on the families of the patient and we wanted to ease the burden of care through financial support,’’ stated Mr. Farhan Sarwar, Founder of the Bilqees Sarwar Foundation.
The MOU ceremony was led by Mr. Sarwar and was attended by honorary professors of the concerned departments, including Prof. Dr. Athar Javed, H.O.D. Neurology Department; Prof. Irshad Hussain, Professor of General Medicine – East Medical Ward; Prof. M. Anees, Professor of Nephrology; and Dr. Muhammad Amjad Shehzad, Medical Superintendent at the Mayo Hospital – Neurology Department.
BSF and PMWO aim to improve the healthcare of the ailing humanity through advanced healthcare and medicinal services of plasmapheresis under the objective of philanthropic outcomes.
Neurological disorders like Myasthenia Gravis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) affect mostly young women and children who need rapid clinical management, and plasmapheresis is one of the most effective treatments for critical patients with these life-threatening conditions.
When a patient undergoes plasmapheresis procedure, the fluid part of the blood, known as plasma, is removed from blood cells by a cell separator. The separator works either by passing the blood at high speed to separate the cells from the fluid or by passing the blood through a membrane with pores so small that only the fluid part of the blood can pass through. The cells are returned to the person undergoing treatment, while the plasma, which contains the antibodies, is discarded and replaced with other fluids. Medication to keep the blood from clotting (an anticoagulant) is given through a vein during the procedure.
A plasmapheresis treatment can take several hours and can be done on an outpatient basis. The number of treatments needed varies greatly depending on the particular disease and the patient’s general condition. An average course of plasma exchange is six to 10 treatments over two to 10 weeks. In some centres, treatments are performed once a week, while in others, more than one weekly treatment is done.
Online registration for free plasmapheresis treatments
BSF has made the registration for free plasmapheresis treatments way easier by providing access to the Online Application Form on their website. Click here to book for free plasmapheresis treatments
According to this contemporary treatment model, once the online application is approved, PMWO will provide rapid service to the patients without any delay within 24 hours.
Pakistan Myasthenic Welfare Organization (PMWO) is a registered voluntary health organization established in 1990 by Mr. Khalid Mehmood Zia and in collaboration with medical professionals and philanthropists in Pakistan. PMWO is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, cost-effective treatment to patients in Pakistan with neurological disorders, which include plasmapheresis and thymectomy treatment.