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Label printer provides free healthcare

AA Labels, a family-run labels manufacturer has been providing free medical care to families in Pakistan since 2009.

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The clinic was built on the ground floor of AA Label’s Lahore site

The Sakina Al Shafa Clinic in Lahore provides free general medical care for families who can’t afford private medical costs. Open six days a week and comprising of six fulltime employees, the clinic sees around 300 patients each day.

The owner of Peterborough-based AA Labels, Sohail Sethi, was born in the UK but spent time living with family in Lahore where he met his wife, Asifa. Together, they set up Medicaid Action, a charity which entirely funds the clinic.

As the AA Labels business grew, Sethi moved its accounts, IT and design teams to Lahore to create new jobs and opportunities in the local community. This is how the clinic came to be built.

Sethi explains: “The motivation was to assist with the alleviation of hardship associated with poverty through the provision of free medical services in a city that has connections and history for my family.

As AA Labels continues to grow as a business, it enables us to provide free general medical services to more and more families and improve access to treatment and equipment

“A property was acquired for the purpose of the relocation and the idea for a clinic to occupy the ground floor area was born. When the clinic first opened it was intended to serve a small local community in north of Lahore, providing free basic consultation, medical and prescription services for around 300 patients a week, but it has since grown to become five times that size due to increasing demand.

“As AA Labels continues to grow as a business, it enables us to provide free general medical services to more and more families and improve access to treatment and equipment.”

As demand for the clinic grows, AA Labels is looking to expand the services it provides. To do this, it is working to raise £200,000 to purchase used Angiography and ECG equipment to be able to diagnose a range of heart conditions.

AA Labels provides plain and printed labels in roll and sheet formats. The firm offers a range of shapes, sizes and colours as well as providing a personalisation service through its in-house design team.



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