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Last March, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. After 12 months of mixed emotions and disruption to our lives, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?
This week, on the third episode of The Ismaili TV’s Trailblazers, we are joined by Latif Nasser, the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’, and host of two podcast series’. He received a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University and is the recipient of the 2021 duPont Columbia Award for his series ‘The Other Latif’.
This week, Ismailis around the world join many of their brothers and sisters in the wider Muslim Ummah in observing Mi‘raj. Esoteric interpretations of Islam tend to emphasise the spiritual significance of Mi‘raj, which is seen as a symbol of the journey of the soul, and the human potential to rise above the trappings of material life.
Art historians and enthusiasts often recognize the 10th through 13th centuries as a period that marked an increase in the usage of symmetrical, geometric patterns in the Muslim world. Most likely aided by Muslim mathematicians, artists and artisans produced a large variety of designs. Many of these geometric models developed interpretations of ornament that embody metaphysical intent.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Ya Ali, Ya Ali, a song in praise of the first Imam. The video was filmed in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, among scenery of snowy peaks, evergreen trees, and crystal clear lakes, reminding us of the beauty of the natural world.
Yasmin Nadeem Parpio, an Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), is an advocate for mental health and wellbeing and was recently recognised as one of the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives. Yasmin is a public health nurse and also the first regional coordinator from South Asia to represent the Middle East Region in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
When choosing to breastfeed, new mothers are often faced with uncertainty on how to best support their baby’s health. What should a breastfeeding mother’s diet look like? Is it safe to consume caffeine? What about other medications? Covid-19 further complicated breastfeeding, adding the question of whether the virus could be spread through a mother’s breast milk. Dr Shela Hirani was recently recognised as one of the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives for her work in supporting breastfeeding practices during the global pandemic.
Even before a baby is conceived, lifestyle factors can influence the health of the fetus and child. It was this fact that motivated Saima Sachwani, assistant professor at the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, to pursue a career in public health as a researcher. She was also recently recognised as one of the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses.
Sadaf Saleem Murad wears multiple hats: providing care as a bedside nurse in dementia lockdown units, working as a lecturer at the University of Alberta undergraduate nursing department, and serving as a research assistant and PhD candidate investigating rehabilitation in older adults with dementia. Sadaf was also recently recognised as one of the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives.
Neelam Punjani graduated from the Aga Khan University as a nurse and has gone on to expand the boundaries of women’s reproductive health in Pakistan through her clinical experience and research. Now, she has appeared on the World Health Organization’s list of 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives.
Afghan midwife and nurse Shukria Hussaini was born in 1990 during the Civil War in Afghanistan. Very quickly after seeking asylum in Pakistan, she became familiar with the work of AKDN and the Jamati institutions, particularly the educational sectors that focused on English learning. Today, Shukria finds herself on the World Health Organization’s list of 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives.
Samina Vertejee, an assistant professor at the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKUSONAM), paved the way for many nurses during her professional journey as a public health nurse. For this, and many other reasons, she recently appeared on the World Health Organization’s list of 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives.
Nine Ismaili nurses and midwives have been honoured in the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives list, in recognition of their vital role in providing health services. Throughout their careers, they have worked to promote women’s health and empowerment in their respective regions and beyond.
Farah Williamson’s story is multi-faceted. As a 10-year-old girl, she had to flee her home country, Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide. Today, Farah is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda. Farah speaks about these experiences and more in the second episode of The Ismaili TV’s original series Trailblazers.
The complex challenges facing our increasingly volatile world — from climate change to rural development to security — are also a source of opportunity for the next generation of leaders and changemakers. Around the world, young Ismailis like Rufayda Dhamani, Nurmuhammad Butabekov, and Aleem Rehmtulla are taking creative approaches to address these issues and prepare for the future of the global economy.
I always saw the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a daunting exam; nevertheless, the fact that so many students would be taking it with me physically gave me some sense of moral support, even if that support was coming from strangers.
With the rapidly changing world we find ourselves in, individuals and families are having to face an ever-fluctuating economy and changing patterns of employment. Yasmin Jetha, a non-executive director of the NatWest Group Plc, the Nation Media Group in East Africa, and the Guardian Media Group in the UK, shares her thoughts on navigating these changes and working towards long-term economic empowerment.
Over the last decade, digitalisation has disrupted finance across developed and emerging markets, giving rise to an explosion of financial technology — otherwise known as “fintech” — startups and platforms, impacting every aspect of finance, starting with access, availability, and affordability.
Cette semaine, les Ismailis ainsi que d'autres musulmans Shi’as célèbrent Yawm-e Ali, l'anniversaire de Hazrat Ali. À cette occasion, les musulmans ismailis renouvellent leur engagement envers les principes éthiques que Hazrat Ali incarnait, en particulier l'attention, la compassion, la générosité, l'intégrité, la tolérance, le pardon, la fraternité et le service rendu aux autres.
Trailblazers, a new original series airing exclusively on the Ismaili TV, will showcase Ismaili professionals from around the world who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields.