Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center

Social entrepreneurship uses three key factors: opportunities, optimism and  resourcefulness to bring a social change or progress in the society. One of the best examples of Social Enterprise is Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center located in Lahore, Pakistan. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital was opened in 1994 by Imran Khan, a famous Pakistani cricketer.

It is the first and only cancer hospital in Pakistan and it was constructed by raising funds from donations. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre has established itself as a centre of excellence providing comprehensive care free of cost to thousands of indigent cancer patients who cannot afford treatment. The hospital uses the typical “fee for service” method to generate income to sustain operations but this fee is charged only to people who can afford it. Funding is raised by charity and donations. Apart from this, Shaukat Khanum also has numerous clinical laboratories, spread all over the country, where they charge people for a wide range of medical tests. Moreover, Shaukat Khanum offers internship programs for students, providing them opportunities to work for the betterment of society. It also creates employment opportunities for people to earn a livable wage and polish their skills.



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