An Exclusive Treatment & Rehabilitation Day Center of Excellence, AURA is first of its kind in Pakistan. Catering to the needs of the “differently able” brain injured children and young adults, suffering from CEREBRAL PALSY, it started only as a Treatment Center in 1985, operating from a two roomed rented premises in PECHS Karachi. It was the ‘Brain child’ of Dr Ruby Abbasi, who had received training in the BOBATH techniques in 1984 at the Bobath Center in UK. This was as a result of the traumatic experience of her youngest son Bilal, falling prey to Viral Encephalitis at the age of 2.5 years. He was Wheel Chair bound till the end of his life. (November 29th 2005).
ALUMEED REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION (AURA), a non-profit making NGO was formed by her along with her husband Dr Major (Retd) Anwar Ahmed and other affected parents, Doctors, qualified Therapists (initially trained by Dr Ruby Abbasi in these techniques) and Social workers, in 1989. It was registered with the Directorate of Social Welfare, Province of Sindh Pakistan. Running exclusively on Donations, AURA gained the Tax Exemption status in Pakistan, for this purpose in 1992. Annual Accounts are audited by a Chartered Accountant as per the law.
AURA Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Cerebral Palsy is now functioning out of a spacious custom built building in Gulistan e Jauhar, Karachi since the year 2000, where the program tailored to the individual needs of these “Special” persons is offered by the dedicated Trained Technical as well as Auxiliary staff, supervised by the Principal (highly qualified Therapist) foreign qualified Occupational Therapist consultant and an Administrator. Members of the Board of AURA, offer their voluntary services for the scrupulous running of the Association, which is not possible without the philanthropy of our valuable donors.
Dr Ruby Anwar Abbasi was awarded ‘Tamgha e Imtiaz’ by Government of Pakistan in the year 2000 for converting her personal tragedy into solace for many more parents.