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Message from the President May-June 2014

The 31st FIMA council meeting is scheduled to be held in Arusha, Tanzania on August 7-8th 2014. The local host organization is Sunshine Muslim Volunteers of Tanzania.

This year, FIMA is holding a joint scientific convention in collaboration with IMANA (Islamic Medical Association of North America) on 9-10th August, 2014. It will be followed by sightseeing programs including a Safari tour.

Tanzania is one of the most exclusive tourist destinations attracting thousands of lovers of nature every year. It has an abuncance of the exceptional beauty of exquisite jungles, wildlife, and game reserves. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations. The country also has dozens of beautiful white sandy beaches and many other attractions to visit.

The annual council meeting of FIMA is a regular, fundamental and imperative feature in its working, which is held every years. This meeting is hosted by a local IMA. Importatnt matters relating to the working of the organization are discussed at length by the attending delegates from IMAs including the adoption & review of minutes of previous council meetings.

The reports on activities of FIMA by President of FIMA, Executive Director, Treasurer, and Project Directors including FIMA relief, Save-Vision, Save-Smile, Save-Dignity, student activities, FIMA year books are presented and future planning is discussed.

Another hallmark of annual council meeting is the presentation of reports of individual IMAs and organizations. This helps the office bearers from various IMAs to share and exchange their experiences and know more about their working. Moreover, a true spirit of joining FIMA as a fraternity is further strenghened and augmented by spending quality time together.

In addition to the office bearers, a number of delegates from the member IMAs also attend the scientific meetings and sessions on CIMCO (Consortium of Islamic Medical Colleges) and IHC (Islamic Hospital Consortium) which are conducted as parralel programs on the second day of FIMA council meeting.

The Scientific conventions bring the access to the latest research and clinical knowledge to the participants and are considered as an important source in disseminataion of CME (Continued Medical Education). The theme of FIMA-IMANA Scientific Convention is "Global and demographic challenges".

All the interested speakers are requested to send thei abstracts to Dr. Ayaz Samdani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or approach him directly on phone 001 630 932 0000 for further details.

The deadline for abstracts is approaching close. Please expedite the dispatch of abstracts at an earliest. I urge all the IMA office bearers to plan ahead for their travelling arrangements. It takes longer to organize international travelling, visa, and finalize the accommodation and sightseeing arrangements.

Hope to see you in Arusha, Inshallah.

 

Dr. Tanveer Zubairi
FIMA President

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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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