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President's Message February-March 2011

We just lived through a most amazing history of a human plight against the dictatorships and repressive regimes in North Africa and Middle East. The most recent events in Tunisia and Egypt were unthinkable only few weeks ago. Sweeping movements of the people are still in progress in Libya, Bahrain and other neighboring countries. Libyans are still getting killed and injured by the hired mercenaries and few left over loyal armed forces of current regime.

Although the Egyptian revolution is considered peaceful, it was not without a toll of hundreds of human lives and hundreds if not thousands are dying or suffering from their injuries. One cannot forget the highly unruly vans and motors, speeding through the streets of Cairo, crushing live human beings with no mercy. The medical related events are very significant and media has not highlighted this in their day to day reporting. Dr. Khaled Hanafy of Arab Medical Union asked for our 'duas' only in the beginning.

Now the picture has changed as the complexity of the injuries has become obvious. The doctors are desperately trying their best to deal with the horrific injuries but it has gotten beyond their scope of resources and expertise. A large number of injured people are being sent from Libya to the Egyptian border for medical help. Egyptian doctors are requesting for help in the way of donations and also asking for doctor in various specialties. Arab Medical Union and other Egyptian medical organizations always extended their help whenever and wherever needed. Now it is time for us to stand up to the task and help them. I had avery important meeting with the leadership of Islamic Relief USA in their Washington, DC headquarter to put our hands to work together to respond to disasters at home and abroad. IMANA and FIMA will partner together with Islamic Relief and our first project together may take place at the Egyptian/Libyan border where a temporary hospital is being set up. IMANA/FIMA/Islamic Relief have been consulted by the Government of Ghana for help to establish their medical infrastructure.

Dr Parvaiz Malik,
President FIMA

Last modified on Sunday, 02 October 2011 18:20
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The Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) is a registered body of 29 IMAs and 17 associate members worldwide, representing about 50,000 Muslim medical and health professionals. The mission of FIMA is to provide a platform for Muslim Physicians world wide in the areas of Medical education and ethics, Student camps and humanitarian and medical relief. It is a not-for-profit, non-political and non-Governmental organization.

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