Fatima Memorial System, Pakistan
Fatima Memorial System (FMS) was founded in 1977 as a third sector, not-for-profit, non-government organization and as Pakistan's first Muslim hospital working in the field of social development, health care, education, research and community uplift. It strives for quality service without discrimination to patients of all walks of life. It was originally founded as a women & children's hospital, but now FMS has emerged as a multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art healthcare organization providing world-class services.
Fatima Memorial System's vision is quality health care and research-based education for all leading to socio-economic community development. FMS has an active Community Outreach Programme, registered with the Social Welfare Department as Anjuman Behbood-e-Niswan-O-Itfal (ABNI), which caters to the health, educational and vocational needs of men, women and children in the rural and peri-urban areas around Lahore. Initiated in 1985, by FMS and partially supported by the Women’s Voluntary Service, this programme has provided medical relief to over half a million people. Focusing on communities such as Nainsukh, Malikpur, Lakhoder, and Talwara, where people often live without access to clean drinking water, sewerage, educational facilities, or health care, the team from Fatima Memorial Hospital is welcomed by the community members.
Links to the health workforce crisis
FMS started as a 200 bed community hospital for women and children care; it has transformed into a 510-bed tertiary care general hospital. Today FMS stands committed to provide quality health care services to all categories of patients disregarding means to pay. FMS has a mission to educate, train and inspire young people in the science of healing and the art of communication. Using modern information technology and conventional approaches, it aims to produce internationally acceptable professionals. FMS provides the following educational services: Medicine and Dental Education – FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry; Nursing - Saida Waheed College of Nursing; Allied Health Sciences - Institute of Allied Health Sciences; Post graduate Sciences - FMH Centre for Postgraduate Training; and FMS Center for Health Research.
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