LRBT – A Beacon of Hope

In December 1984, the late Graham Layton and Zaka Rahmatulla’ who were retiring from their very successful business careers, decided to establish the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust with Rs 1 million ($ 66,000). This was used to build and run a mobile eye-hospital in Tando Bago a small town 250 kilometres east of Karachi. They envisioned an organization which would grow to provide free eye treatment to the poor & underprivileged citizens across the length & breadth of Pakistan so that no Pakistani would go blind just because he/she could not afford the treatment.

Since its inception 32 years ago LRBT, through its 19 hospitals and 56 Clinics, has treated over 36 million patients and performed over 3.6 million major and minor eye surgeries.

They also left behind 4 founding principles which we call ” The Spirit of LRBT “ which guide our activities and permeates everything that we do:

Our Founding Principles

1All treatment at LRBT should be totally free for the poor so that no man, woman or child becomes blind just because he/she cannot afford the treatment.
2Treatment should be appropriate, state-of-the-art. Charity should not mean second-rate treatment.
3There should be no discrimination due to gender, caste, ethnicity, language, religion or sect.
4Patients should be treated with compassion and dignity.

32 years later the vision of Graham Layton & Zaka Rahmatulla is a reality and their legacy is a nationwide network of 19 purpose-built hospitals, with state of the art equipment and 56 clinics in all the 4 provinces.

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Graham Layton

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Zaka Rahmatulla

Although they are no longer with us, LRBT’s founders would have been proud to see that the work they started not only continues but reaches new heights.