The SIUT Story

The SIUT Story: Making the ‘Impossible’ Possible

There were thousands of them looking for relief from pain. They were the under-privileged of society. They got the healthcare they needed and it was free of charge. The technology used was state-of-the-art and the services were provided with dignity. Today the SIUT has emerged as one of the biggest health facilities in the region for urological disorders.

The story has been captured by award-winning journalist, Zubeida Mustafa, in this elegantly illustrated book. It shows how this miracle has been made possible. There is a philosophy behind it which could show the way to those looking for healthcare solutions.

This philosophy envisages a partnership between the government and the community with the health professionals playing a key role. The man behind this philosophy is Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi, the Ramon Magsaysay Award winner for government service in 1998. He collected a team, mentored and trained it to demonstrate that it was possible to translate into action the dream he had held close to his heart since he was a boy.

Lay-out and design by Creative Unit, Karachi and printed by Le Topical, Lahore.

To obtain copy contact Paramount Publishing Enterprise, Karachi.
Tel: 0092-21-34310030, Fax: 0092-21-34553772,

Rs 2000 (in Pakistan)
US$ 35.95 (in N.America and Europe) plus postage


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Book Reviews

“This is a handsomely produced volume that is dedicated to the SIUT staff for their ‘integrity, compassion and commitment to work’. Zubeida Mustafa’s glowing tribute to Dr Adib Rizvi and his medical team is a prolific exercise in the dialectic of medical treatment – ‘all of it free’.

With an elegant layout, the book tells the story of medical service to the community in an epoch when such service became unremarkable, or even downright unfashionable. Zubeida brings a wealth of detail and credibility to the philosophy of those medical pioneers who made this level of technical perfection in free medicine possible. By doing so she has endowed the beneficiary of this treatment, the Pakistani people with a dignity and aura that few would have deemed possible.”

Hameed Haroon
Dawn Media Group

“Zubeida Mustafa has shown through her work as a journalist that she has boundless empathy for the under privileged. Her deep insights into education in Pakistan as well as women’s issues, health care, etc. continue to provide the subject matter for her regular columns in Dawn. In this book Zubeida has told the story of SIUT, an institution which is the pride of Pakistan and has been created by an individual who matches Zubeida’s concern for the helpless and needy. It is an inspiring book by an author who works hard to sensitize the public to the issues that hold us back most insidiously from becoming a progressive and economically sound country.”

Ameena Saiyid OBE
Managing Director
Oxford University Press

“What a labour of love! Those who have produced this book have put their heart into it: beautifully designed, written and put together.

This does justice to the SIUT, which is an island of care and succour in the heart of Karachi. Here Adib Rizvi and his team provide life support to the poor and not so poor disease-ridden citizens from all over the country. They also maintain an institution that is an example to be emulated.”

Amina Jilani

5 thoughts on “The SIUT Story

  1. It was perhaps in 1990 that Zubeida interviewed Dr David Werner, the author of Where There is no Doctor; and Disabled Village Children. Dr Werner has worked for many years as village healthcare/primary healthcare; he has worked in more than 50 countries, mostly developing countries. In my view, Zubeida was greatly influenced by Dr Werner's approach to primary healthcare. Yes, renal transplants and even liver transplants in a country like Pakistan are highly praiseworthy things. The SIUT Story by her is a great contribution to transplant surgeon Prof Adibul Hasan Rizvi's commitment to ailing humanity. But Zubeida must not lose sight of the criticality of primary healthcare in a country where too many children are still dying of preventable diseases.

  2. why here (in Pakistan) book and education are difcult?
    why here is to much cost of books.
    i like to amar jaleel (sindhi writer & callumist) becuse he say "i am saying to publisher my books sale in low cost, becouse i want reader not i am make money so…………………………………….

    1. I agree with you that books are expensive here. But even low cost books don't sell. My book Tyranny of Language cost Rs150 and I thought that was peanuts. It did sell out but not due to the booksellers' skills.
      This book has been priced low given its high quality. Mo one has charged for their services. The money will go to the SIUT. Why don't you buy a copy and then decide whether it is worth it.

  3. dear zubeida-i think that the siut story is the best-i know dr adib as i am under his treatment in siut-i think he should get a noble prize or the islamic world should start its own'noble'prize.
    sameen khan.

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