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.
Rs 2000 (in Pakistan)
US$ 35.95 (in N.America and Europe) plus postage
THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO THE SIUT.
“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.”
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
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.”