Healthcare Heroes

Healthcare Hero - Dr Naseema Merchant
Healthcare Hero - Dr Naseema Merchant
27 May 2020

Dr Naseema Merchant is a pulmonologist, hospitalist, and intensivist. She is also an assistant professor of medicine at Yale University and serves as a director for various programs at the Yale School of Medicine. 

Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
21 May 2020

Hailing from neighbouring countries – Dr Aziz Pirani in Indore, India, and Dr Safia Pirani in Karachi, Pakistan – the Piranis were destined for careers in medicine.

Healthcare Hero - Riaz Hudda
Healthcare Hero - Riaz Hudda
20 May 2020

Riaz Hudda, who has been a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service since 2005, says all of his work has become slower and more cautious during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Saifuddin Hemat
Healthcare Hero - Dr Saifuddin Hemat
19 May 2020

Dr Saifuddin Hemat has been fighting on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis as the health information system head at the Aga Khan Health Service in Afghanistan.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Sawsan Awad
Healthcare Hero - Dr Sawsan Awad
17 May 2020

Dr Sawsan Awad grew up in Damascus and Salamiyah, studied medicine at Damascus University, and worked in several educational hospitals in Syria. Now, as a consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor in the United Kingdom, Dr Sawsan Awad has been working on the frontlines of the pandemic since it began.

Healthcare Hero - Naimo Aly Nangy
Healthcare Hero - Naimo Aly Nangy
15 May 2020

As Portugal and the rest of the world go through a period of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmacists are one of the first points of contact between patients and the healthcare system. Pharmacists such as Naimo Aly Nangy of Lisbon, Portugal, play an essential role in the identification and management of potential cases.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Maher Saifo
Healthcare Hero - Dr Maher Saifo
12 May 2020

From his early personal experience sharing the suffering of his younger sister who passed away after a five-year struggle with breast cancer, Dr Maher Saifo decided to be a warrior in the battle against cancer in Syria. 

Healthcare Hero - Greidys Padamshi
Healthcare Hero - Greidys Padamshi
11 May 2020

Working as a registered nurse at Richmond Hospital in British Columbia, Greidys Padamshi says one of the hardest things she and her colleagues have had to do during the Covid-19 pandemic is enforce quarantines.

Healthcare Hero - Tasreen Keshavjee
Healthcare Hero - Tasreen Keshavjee
8 May 2020

Tasreen Keshavjee decided to pursue psychology because it was her calling, she says, and a field where she could make the most difference.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
7 May 2020

Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan where he attended Darkhana Jamatkhana. After graduating from the Dow Medical College, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He is currently a third-year Internal Medicine Resident at Saint Mary's Hospital in Connecticut and attends Westport Jamatkhana.

Healthcare Hero - Sehrish Ayaz Hussain
Healthcare Hero - Sehrish Ayaz Hussain
6 May 2020

In days past, Sehrish Ayaz Hussain’s role as a pediatric nurse was to care for ill children and to educate and work with patients’ families. Now, in the isolation ward, Sehrish and other frontline nurses are their patients’ family.

Healthcare Hero - Saleena Gulamhussein
Healthcare Hero - Saleena Gulamhussein
4 May 2020

Saleena Gulamhussein has been a caregiver from an early age. Born in London and raised in Hornsey, Saleena grew up caring for her paraplegic mother. This experience was challenging at times, inspiring her to help children understand what happens in a hospital setting. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of East London, and following work as a psychologist, pursued a PhD in mental health.

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