In promoting the sanctity of human life, the Qur'an-e Shariff says that good health, like knowledge, is a divine gift. The family unit nurtures the lives of its members, assisting them in their physical and spiritual endeavours. The wellbeing of individuals, in-turn, contributes to the overall health of the family, and that of society at large.
Over the last ten years, several Jamati institutions have moved to a far more sophisticated, evidence-driven process for long-term planning for their Jamats. This is in no small part due to the tremendous efforts put in by a business school professor from Florida and a lot of trust placed in her by Jamati leaders. During these 10 years, Dr. Seema Pissaris, Clinical Professor of Management at Florida International University’s College of Business, has partnered with Ismaili Councils around the world to use research driven intelligence to improve the quality of life for families.
Over the last two and a half years, a husband and wife team from Vancouver, Canada, have helped to establish the palliative programme at the Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital in Karachi. Through onsite visits, numerous remote conferences, and ongoing correspondence with the local team, the couple were able to set up a sustainable, long-term programme, the first of its kind in Pakistan.
Over the last decade, Vancouver-based Iqbal Lalany has served on several TKN assignments to provide extensive medical response training in areas that need it most. In 2011, Iqbal received a call from Dr Firoz Verjee, then Coordinator of the AKDN’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative (DRMI). Iqbal was asked if he could deliver First Aid training for six weeks, a challenge he graciously accepted. At the time, although Iqbal was working for Scouts Canada, he was fortunate to take four weeks of vacation time and a two-week leave of absence, (approved by Alamin Pirani, Scouts Canada’s Executive Director) so Iqbal could serve on this TKN assignment.
Earlier today, 11 November 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam joined a gathering of world leaders for a dinner reception hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace.
Mawlana Hazar Imam attended a dinner reception hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace on 11 November 2019 ahead of the second Paris Peace Forum.