Edhi Foundation

The Edhi Foundation ( Urdu : ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن ) is a non-profit social welfare program in Pakistan , founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi [4] in 1951. Edhi up to His death is 8 July 2016 Was the head of the organization and his wife Bilquis , a nurse, the maternity and adoption services of the foundation. Its headquarters are in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Edhi Foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance to the nation of Pakistan and abroad. The Foundation provides, among many other services, shelter for the destitute, free hospitals and medical care, drug rehabilitation services, and national and international relief efforts. Its main focuses are Emergency Services , Orphans , Handicapped Persons, Shelters, Education , Healthcare , International Community Centers, Blood & Drug Bank, Air Ambulance Services, Marine And Coastal Services.


Edhi established his first welfare center in 1957 and then the Edhi Trust. [5] Karachi is now the Edhi Foundation. The foundation has over 300 centers across the country, in large cities, small towns and rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance. They own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas.

In Karachi alone, the Edhi Foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centers, surgical units, a 4-bed cancer hospital and mobile dispensaries. In Karachi. As with other Edhi services, The foundation has a legal aid department, which provides free and reliable statements of countless innocent prisoners. Commissioned doctors visit a regular basis and also supply food and other essentials to the inmates. There are 15 “Apna Ghar” [“Our Home”] homes for the destitute children, runaways, and psychotics.

On June 25, 2013, Edhi’s kidneys failed; it was announced that he would be on dialysis for the rest of his life unless he found a kidney donor. Edhi died on July 8, 2016 at the age of 88 due to kidney failure after having been placed on a ventilator. His last wishes included the request that his organs were only suitable for him. He was laid to rest at the Karachi Village Edhi.

The foundation also has an education scheme, which includes various types of pharmacy, as well as pharmacy and para-medical training. The emphasis is on self-sufficiency. The Edhi Foundation has several branches in the United States, UK, Canada, Japan, and Bangladesh . In 1991, the Foundation provided assistance to victims of the Gulf war and earthquake victims in Iran and Egypt. The organization has held the Guinness Record for World’s “largest volunteer ambulance organization” since 1997. [6] In 2016, after the death of Abdul Sattar Edhi , the state bank of Pakistan’s CEOs to Donate to the Foundation. [7]


The Edhi Foundation provides services, emergency and non-emergency, to the general public. In addition to emergency medical services and private ambulance services, the organization also renders aid to women and children in need, and assists with missing persons cases, and helps in covering the burden of unclaimed and unidentified bodies during times of disaster and tragedy. [8]

Ambulance Services

As of March 2016, the Edhi Foundation owns over 1,800 private ambulance vans stationed in areas across Pakistan. [8] The ambulance dispatchers in Karachi, one of the busiest cities in Pakistan, reported up to 6,000 calls a day, with the average response time for each incident falling within 10 minutes. [9] It was also an Edhi ambulance which responded to and picked up the body of the American journalist, Daniel Pearl , when he was killed in 2002. [9]

The organization also owns two private jets and one helicopter to assist in moving victims from hard-to-reach locations, especially during the event of a natural disaster. [10] In addition to land and air assistance, Edhi Foundation also hosts 28 rescue boats to aid during floods and shipwrecks and disaster along the Arabian Ocean coast. [11]

Hospital Services

The organization runs several private outpatient hospitals located in Pakistan. Additional medical facilities include a diabetic center, a nurse training center, immunization centers, and blood banks, including emergency banks and natural disasters or tragedies. [7]

Childcare Services

Bilquis Edhi, co-head of the Edhi Foundation, is responsible for overseeing children’s and women’s services within the organization. Currently she heads Services for children include the jhoola (baby cradle) project, a Child adoption center, and an abandoned children’s welfare center. Jhoola is the Urdu word for “cradle”. [12] Most of the emergency centers have a jhoola located outside the city for their children, regardless of the situation they may be in. [13] These children are taken into custody and are taken care of, often being adopted by pre-screened families.

International Services

The Edhi Foundation has reached out to international communities and assisted with the setting up of many overseas offices. In addition to providing their regular services, In 2005, the Edhi Foundation provided $ 100,000 in relief to relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. [9]

See also

  • List of Non-governmental organizations based in Karachi


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