On December 31, 2019, IMI’s Dr. Wajih Rizvi, AVM (Ret) Razi Nawab, Ms. Sakina Rizvi, Mr. Zaigham Zaheer and Dr Ehtesham Abidi (President, UMAA, Washington DC) met with Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr. Zafar Mirza to discuss our recent 10th International conference as well as potential ways to collaborate to enhance health services in Pakistan. A site visit to the Shah Allah Ditta Clinic was also undertaken as one potential site for IMI's assistance on the Ministry's pilot Primary Health Center program. Assessments and discussions are still underway.Later that same afternoon, the team also met with the Hon. Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development and continued conversations regarding specific programs that the office could partner with IMI on. Additional discussions underway regarding possible joint ventures and trainings.
On January 2, 2020, IMI HQ's Dr. Wajih Rizvi, Ms. Sakina Rizvi, Mrs. Rahimeen Jafri and Mr. Zaigham Zaheer met with Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Honorable Dr. Sania Nishtar to discuss our recent 10th International conference as well as potential ways to improve social services for Pakistanis. The meeting continued with additional discussions on how IMI can provide assistance, with one such avenue being that of convening like minded NGOs to ensure effective and efficient work--something IMI had already begun. This initiative, Cooperation for Health, Education, and Welfare (CHEW) was one of the outcomes of the NGO Brainstorming and a formal conveying with the Ministry is being explored for a future date as well. Beyond increased academic collaborations (like that between the University of Kufa and Aga Khan University), additional outcomes for the conference including moving forward work for the Sadiq International University Project, with several potential colleges and campuses through phased development.
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It was an excellent conference well planned, presented, and well attended. If individually traveling we may have never enjoyed the kind of reception the participants received throughout their stay in Iran.
I want to thank you all for giving me such a great opportunity to be a part of your team (in Haiti). It was a unique experience and I really enjoyed working with you all.
Thank you very much for the wonderful work you do. I have seen it first hand in Karbala during the Arbaeen camps and my son was fortunate to participate in two of the missions. I have made a donation today.
I cannot express the profound impact IMI has had on my life: from the incredible opportunity to serve on the Arbaeen Medical Mission to the insightful career guidance and special programs for Young Leaders that I’ve benefitted from!
If InshAllah, I secure a residency in the upcoming match, I will owe the organizers and the speakers at the seminar more than they will take credit for.
IMI has been my outlet for philanthropic work since before I entered into high school. It is through IMI that I see my efforts, here in New Jersey, manifest into something much greater around the world. IMI has helped me realize that ambition alone is not enough to change the world; in order to achieve the changes we wish to see in this world we require ambition, vision, and most importantly execution. That is why I have joined IMI, so that my ambition and vision can meet their execution.