Back in the 1990’s, many doctors from the North West of Pakistan came to the UK for specialist training. They were mostly graduates of Khyber Medical College Peshawar. While in training, they thought about the people back home, who had very little access to the healthcare facilities. These people were unaware of the healthcare system and the basic health needs. The doctors decided to form a group for this task and met for the first time in May 1995 in Stoke-on-Trent. There were 17 individuals who agreed in principle to be part of this programme. Alongside earning their own livelihood, they would try to improve the healthcare back home. They agreed for this organisation to be named ‘Abaseen Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIMS). Abaseen is the famous and historical river in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The name itself means ‘father of the rivers’. AIMS then created its logo with a red crescent and the waves of the river. With the passage of time, some associates left, and other new friends had joined. The organisation carried out its work and was then registered in 2003, as a charity, with the Charity Commission in the UK.
AIMS International’s official partner in Pakistan is AIMS-Pk, a nongovernmental organisation registered with the department of social welfare, Peshawar.