Dr. Tanveer Zubairi

Dr. Tanveer Zubairi

FIMA President attends meeting on “Somali Children’s health: Polio and other immunizations” in Khartoum, Sudan.

FIMA President attended a meeting on “Somali Children’s health: Polio and other immunizations in Khartoum, Sudan on January 28-29th 2015. The meeting was attended by members of International Islamic advisory group on Polio eradication and Immunization, Religious scholars and doctors from Somalia and Sudan. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr Essam Eldin Mohamed Abdullah, Deputy to Federal Health minister in Sudan.

Prominent representatives from different regions of Somalia arrived at  an agreement to form action groups in their respective areas that will seek to encourage and support polio and other immunization programs and to tackle barriers and misconceptions obstructing such vaccinations and other critical public health interventions.

The meeting, organized by the Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (IAG) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, called for strong support to national and global efforts for polio eradication and vaccinations against childhood illnesses in Somalia. The call was made in a statement issued at the end of the meeting that has brought together Muslim scholars, officials, civil and community leaders, health experts, communicators and other influencers from regions of Somalia as well as from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Pakistan.

The situation of polio/immunization in Mogadishu and central Somalia and the root causes of barriers and reasons for refusal were also discussed. FIMA President Dr. Tanveer Zubairi (member of IAG) also addressed the meeting, the topic of his presentation was “Immunization and child healthcare status in Muslim Countries”. The role of religious, civil, and other community leaders and influencers was  also thrashed out and suggestion were made to look for a way forward with emphasis on increasing awareness of general public and addressing the issues of non-compliance, refusal and security of immunization workers. Meeting was concluded following a well attended press briefing.

Somali Children’s Health: Polio and immunization

FIMA President addressing the meeting

In the plenary a session with Dr Maryan Osman, the former Health Minister Somali and Dr Bahaa of WHO

Attended a meeting with office bearers of SIMA (Sudanese Islamic medical Association) Dr. Al Bagir and Dr. Ismail Bashariya with Mr Hasabo Rasul, Manger SIMA

With Dr Essam Eldin Mohamed Abdullah, Deputy to Federal Health minister in Sudan

President FIMA Dr Tanveer Zubairi received by Dr Afaff Khalifa and Mr Hasabo Rasool

The 32nd FIMA council meeting will be held in Makkasar, Indonesia in 10th-15th August 2015 on invitation of Indonesian Islamic Medical Association. The annual council meeting is the most important landmark in the working of FIMA. All the member of IMAs and associate embers-partner organization attend this meeting. The reports of executive committee, executive director and treasurer are presented. The reports on activities of member IMAs are also presented and discussion on agenda items is carried out. The plans for the following year are presented and finalized with approval of council.

IMA of Indonesia, FOKKI, and YARSI University have always played a very supportive role in carrying out FIMA activities. The 2015 FIMA council meeting will be the third meeting hosted by our Indonesian colleagues. They are always remembered for their excellent arrangements, meticulous homework for the meeting, and memorable hospitality. May I request all the office bearers in IMAs to plan ahead of time and make a very visible and lively representation in the FIMA council meeting.

The 16th FIMA Students camp was planned to be held in Bandung, Indonesia in January 2015. However, due to some unavoidable reasons with arrangements of the meeting, the new dates will be communicated soon with Umrah camp dates.

FIMA Yearbook for 2013 and 2014 have already been published, circulated, and placed on FIMA website. All IMAs are welcomed to also place them on their websites.

FIMA relief has been busy with Gazza medical relief, Syrian relief, and flood relief in Malaysia during the recent months. Please remain in touch with Dr Ashraf Jedaar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for the updates and your input.

FIMA President will be attending the WHO conference in Khartoum, Sudan on Immunization of Somali Children against Polio and communicable diseases. FIMA President will also attend the World assembly of Mulim youth annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco this month.

FIMA website has recently been upgraded with a new outlook and user friendly approach. It has rich material and is a source of learning more about FIMA and its projects. Please some time every week to visit the site (www.fimaweb.net)

Dr. Tanveer Zubairi
President, FIMA

Dear Sir/Madam

Assalamu alikum WRWB

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