Anti TB Association (PATA) is a community based non profit, non
government and single object organization working exclusively for treatment,
rehabilitation and welfare of TB patients throughout the country, having
national & international references and is a member of IUATLD-SEAR.
PATA started its journey in 1956 when a group of ex-TB patients established
a chest clinic in Lahore, inaugurated by Miss Fatima Jinnah, the elder
sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As the time traveled this number
proliferated and by the end of century there were more than one hundred
associations scattered through out the country. All these associations are
independent in their functioning, administration, fund raising and service
Committee members of Anti TB Association (1956) Sitting (L to R) Saeed-ur-Rehman, Dr. K. Sadiq Hussain, Mrs. C. B.
Taseer, Dr. Riaz Ali Shah, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Begum A. Akhlaq
Hussain, Begum Khurshid Kaul, Ch. Abdul Majeed, M. Akram Minhas,
Standing (L to R) M. Akram Dar, Hafiz M. Hanif, Ashfaq A.Sheikh, M.
Akbar Khokhar, M. Aslam Mallick, Muhammad Jamil Qureshi
Association held its first meeting on 25th September1955 at the residence of
Mr. Saeed-ur-Rehman (a Ex TB patient) in Lahore. The house unanimously
elected Dr. Riaz Ali Shah its first president. Doctors and leading social
figures like Dr. A.H. Anwar, Mrs. C. Taseer, Mr. Khadim Hussain Butt, Mian
Fazal-e-Ahmed, Begum G.A. Khan, Begum Zari Sarfraz, Sh. Niaz Ahmed, Ms.
Riffat Rashid and many others joined the association. The very fact that
government alone could not fight the menace of TB, served the basis for the
development of this association and the need for volunteers in the
association was strongly felt. Mohtarma Miss Fatima Jinnah, graciously
accepted to become its Patron-in-Chief. Her first message was “Tuberculosis
is the greatest problem undermining the health and wealth of our nation.
Make the campaign against tuberculosis, a national war and rid Pakistan of
this scourge. Obstacles in our way must be crossed and the difficulties
overcome.” With the message she also donated Rs. 15,000/-.
Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah
With Dr. Riaz Ali Shah on arrival at Railway Station, Lahore
for inaugural of 1st Conference organized by Anti TB Association in
Fatima Jinnah on inaugural ceremony of Karachi TB Association 1961
with Mr. M. Akbar Khokhar, Nawabzada Wajid Mehmood & Mr. Shabir Ud Din
Law Administrator Zone C Lef. Gen. Tika Khan on occasion of TB
organized by Anti TB Association in 1969
Law Administrator Zone C Gen. Iqbal Khan with staff of Anti TB
in 1979 on occasion of ceremony for sale of Eid TB Seals
Abdul Hameed Dasti, Health Minister West Pakistan became the patron of
association. A convention was held under the president ship of Sardar Abdul
Hameed Dasti at University Hall, Lahore on 12th April 1956. Dr. Riaz Ali
Shah, Begum A. G Khan and Begum Khadija Feroz-ud-Din and others made their
visionary speeches. The name of association was changed to “West Pakistan TB
Association” during its second annual conference. The first executive
committee of the association consisted of 17 members. Among it, there were 3
doctors, 5 distinguished persons from different walks of life and 9 Ex TB
patients of which Mr. Muhammad Akbar Khokhar is still active and alive and
is running an independent chapter of PATA as District Anti TB Association,
The primary aims and objectives of the association were summed up. Initially
the members used to hold meetings in the lawn of Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
Later on, Col. Elahi Bakhsh, Principal, King Edward Medical College, Lahore
was pleased to give professors' room. Workers of the association, there
after, acquired a plot for association in the Main Market Gulberg II Lahore
and a building was raised. The West Pakistan Association which was born at
Lahore opened its branches in almost every district of the country. For
instance, a branch started at Faisalabad (then Lyallpur) under the president
ship of Mian Fazal-e-Ahmed. Another branch was established in Peshawar NWFP
and Begum Zari Sarfraz was the president. In 1959, this movement also
reached East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
Now by the grace of God, Pakistan Anti TB Association has its firm roots
across Pakistan and is playing a vital role to scale up the fight against TB
and to realize its vision “Pakistan a country free of burden of TB”.
There is a country vide network of more than 100 Diagnostic Centers (Basic
TB Management Units) for TB services with more than 200 associated Treatment
Centers. During GFATM Round-2 project Pakistan Anti TB Association succeeded
in detecting and registering 28,442 New Sputum Smear Positive cases and put
them under DOTS strategy whereas the project target was limited to 22,000
NSS+ cases and achieved the treatment success rate of above 90% against 85%
desired by WHO.