Civil Hospital – Karachi

In the aftermath of the 2010 floods which devastated thousands, a group of Pakistanis – spurred by a CNN news report showing the dire conditions in which the poor and homeless received medical treatment from public institutions – formed a partnership with the government to manage Civil Hospital, Karachi. In November 2010, renovations got underway at the Civil Hospital’s Emergency Room of Paediatrics. A 1,900-bed tertiary care public hospital, Civil Hospital is arguably the largest teaching hospital of Pakistan, imparting both undergraduate and postgraduate training. This is where ChildLife was born, with a dream to save every child’s life through innovative solutions. Renovated in a world-class manner, the children’s ER is a 22-bed facility which includes a well-equipped pharmacy, a triage counter and a procedure room.

Updates & Stories


“I pay Rs400 in transport to come to this ER,” says three-year-old Amin’s mother. As the mother of a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl, at 25, Shumaila is already familiar with the adversity that comes with childhood illnesses. “Last […]


“There are neither good doctors, nor good schools, in the interior,” says Raheela, who has just arrived from Dadu this morning. The young mother cradles her 3-month-old daughter and recounts how she fell ill, growing sicker with each passing day. […]

Mohammed Hasan

The first thing three-year-old Mohammed Hasan did after his breakfast, was run into the yard, grab the bottle of the energy drink he spotted there, and glug it down before anybody could stop him. The downside? The red liquid in […]