Federation of Islamic Medical Associations
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The Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) was formed on December 31, 1981. FIMA was incorporated in the State of Indiana as a not-for-profit corporation on January 18, 1982.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES a. To foster the unity and welfare of Muslim medical and health care professionals all over the world. b. To promote Islamic medical activities including health services, education and research, through cooperation and coordination among member organizations. c. To promote the understanding and the application of Islamic principles in the field of medicine. d. To mobilize professional and economic resources in order to provide medical care and relief to affected areas and communities. e. To promote the exchange of medical information and technical expertise among member organizations.
Since 1981, 29 FIMA Council meetings have been held. The 30th will be hosted by South Africa, in Capetown from 17–18 September 2013. Currently, there are 29 full members, 12 associate members. This represents about 50,000 Muslim medical and health professionals
Milestones in their history includes : • 1981 - secretariat in USA; Jordan (1987); Malaysia (1992); Jordan (1997); Pakistan (2001–present). • 1983 – organizational agenda • 1991 – medical jurisprudence seminar (Amman) • 1994 – meeting of Islamic Relief NGOs (Paris) • 1996 – FIMA Year Book launched (Jakarta) • 1999 – FIMA HQ established (Chicago) • 2000 – Consortium of Islamic Medical Colleges (Islamabad) • 2001 – FIMA International Student Camp (Abha) • 2001 – 1st FIMA International Scientific Convention (Sarajevo). More projects launched • 2001 – 1st International Muslim Leaders Consultation on HIV/AIDS (Kampala) • 2003 – FIMA Lifetime Achievement Award (Johanesburg) • 2005 – Approved as Special Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC • 2005 – FIMA Save Vision (FSV) a humanitarian project to combat blindness began in Darfur, Sudan • 2008 – FIMA Save Dignity (FSD) a humanitarian project to correct Vesico/Recto-Vaginal began operations in Darfur, Sudan • 2008 – FIMA Save Smile (FSS) to correct congenital cleft lip & palate • 2009 – FSV won the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal award (American College of Physicians) • 2012 – Care of Muslim Patients: A Practical Guide. New Elsevier Apps launched in Kuala Lumpur
We have inherited a FIMA which is well entrenched in her mission and values. And these philosophical ideals have been translated into practical forms to emphasize our seriousness in institution building.
The projects have incorporated: 1. Medical teaching (Consortium of Islamic Medical Colleges-CIMCO) 2. Hospital services (Islamic Hospital Consortium-IHC) 3. Continuing Professional Education (Accreditation Council for Certification of Continuing Medical Education-ACCCME) 4. Student activities (Umrah & Ziarah, Winter and Summer Camps) 5. Information & communication technology( FIMA Hi-Tech Centre) 6. Publications (FIMA Year Book & FIMA Newsletter) 7. Humanitarian relief (multiple relief missions world wide and partnership in Islamic Council for Da’wa & Relief) 8. Research studies (FIMA Health Policy Initiative) 9. International networking (close liaison with UN, WHO, OIC; Islamic Organisation of Medical Sciences IOMS)
Our predecessors have displayed an “izzah” (sense of mission with confidence) which is difficult to emulate. With continuing “iltizam” (commitment) from all our IMAs, we are ready to face the challenges ahead. It is our shared and cherished goal to regain the leadership of the ummah in the medical sciences