From April 5th to April 7th, 2012, Imamia Medics International (IMI) hosted its 5th International Conference in collaboration with Kufa University in Najaf, Iraq. The theme of the conference was Advancement through Learning and Integration (ALI), which combined IMI’s commitments to enhancing health, education, capacity building, economic empowerment and the integration of community and faith-based approaches to health. This pivotal 5th IMI International Conference attracted collaboration by universities and attendees from a variety of backgrounds including religious scholars, government officials, health professionals, intellectuals, scholars, academics and NGO workers.
The Opening session was held in the Presidential Hall at the University of Kufa. His Excellency, Adnan Al Zurufi welcomed the more than 500 delegates on behalf of the Najaf Governate. The President of Kufa University, Dr. Aqeel Yaseen, and Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Saeed Abu Zahra also addressed the gathering and emphasized the development of the community through integrated science based approaches, noting the unique collaborating between their institution and IMI in this regard.
The Conference sessions covered a wide range of topics including anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, diabetes, disaster management, gastroenterology, health administration, hepatology, hypertension, Islamic medical ethics, mental health, natural remedies, nephrology, nuclear medicine, nutrition, oncology, pharmacology, radiology, reconstructive surgery, research, and urology. During the course of the conference, particular specialty driven workshops were also scheduled such as the endoscopy workshop at the GIT Center in Najaf. Sessions on integrating spirituality and social good were also included in the conference program as well as updates from IMI’s many programs and projects in the brainstorming session.
The final day of the conference was a special program held in Karbala within the auspicious conference space at the Haram of Imam Hussain. The day covered regional health issues with a review of health services, capacity and the future of health care in Iraq and around the world. A final presentation on the past, present and future of IMI was also delivered to close out the historic International Conference.