AUGUST 9th & 10th, 2003





The fifth triennial symposium is designed to bring the East and West closer together by enhancing the understanding of health care needs and issues facing both worlds. Avenues planned to achieve this goal include:

        Sharing information about the current and anticipated issues, and reviewing the work of AKDN in the provision of health care in the developing world.

        Presenting an ethical perspective of care based on Islamic traditions and values.

        Networking of the IHPA members with invited guests, speakers, and dignitaries.

        Exploring volunteer opportunities nationally and internationally.


Ismaili Health Professionals Association Symposium

Symposium Agenda



Health Professionals from USA, Chairpersons of AKHS, AKHB, and Invited guests


"Closing The Health Care Gap: Lessons from the Developing and the Developed Worlds"



Preliminary Agenda

Morning Plenary Session


August 9, 2003

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Orientation & video presentation

8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.

National Anthem

8:35 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

Tilawat-e-Qu'ran and translation

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome address - Dr. Nasiruddin Jamal, Chairman, AKHB USA

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome address - Dr. Nasiruddin Jamal, Chairman, AKHB USA

8:45 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Address by Mr. Alaudin Bhanji, President, Council for USA

8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Hon. Cathy Cox, Secretary of State, State of Georgia

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address

"The work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Closing the Health Care Gap between the Developed and the Developing Worlds" - Princess Zahra Aga Khan

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"Promoting Global Health - A Necessary Partnership Between The Developing and The Developed Worlds" - Dr. Stephen Blount, Director, Global Health Program, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

"Compassion and Care: Perspective from Muslim Thought and Traditions" - Prof. Azim Nanji, Director, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, U.K.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

"Towards a Global Ethic of Health Care" - Prof. Abdallah Daar, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada

11:30 a.m. - Noon

"The Role of Universities in Providing Access to Health Care in the Developing World - The Aga Khan University Experience" - Mr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, President Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

"SARS - Transcontinental Lessons" - Prof. William Bowie, Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada



12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon program

  • "Stitching Together the Developed and Mountain Regions of Central Asia" - Prof. Frederick Starr, Rector Pro-tem, University of Central Asia
  • "Presentation of IHPA Merit Awards

2:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"The Role of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in Addressing Health Care Needs in Developing Countries" - Chairs of AKHS Pakistan, India, and East Africa

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

"Health Care in the Developed World and Its Linkage to the Developing World - a U.S. Perspective" - Dr. Tom Price, Senate Majority Leader, Georgia Senate

4:15 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

"Telemedicine- Bridging the Health Care Gap between East and West" - Dr. Nizar Ramzan, Hon. Secretary, AKHB USA


Wrap Up

4:45 p.m.

Meeting adjourned

8:00 p.m.

IHPA Evening Program.

August 10, 2003

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast with colleagues

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Case Studies in Medical Ethics with a Panel of Experts: Prof. Abdallah Daar, Dr. Amina Jindani, Prof. Daniel Wikler. Moderator: Prof. Azim Nanji

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • " Nursing: Updating Skills to Enhance Opportunities & Stability
  • " Disaster Response/Preparedness
  • Mental health

12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunches and Adjourn



Professor Azim Nanji

Professor Azim Nanji is the Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and has held academic and administrative appointments at various American and Canadian universities Professor Nanji has authored, co-authored and edited several books including: The Nizari Ismaili Tradition, The Muslim Almanac, and Mapping Islamic Studies. In addition, he has contributed numerous shorter studies and articles on religion, Islam and Ismailism in journals and collective volumes including the Encyclopedia of Islam, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and A Companion to Ethics. He has also lectured widely at international conferences all over the world.


Professor Nanji has served as Co-Chair of the Islam section at the American Academy of Religion and on the Editorial Board of the Academy's Journal. He has also been a member of the Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations and has been the recipient of awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Canada Council, and the National Endowment for Humanities. In 1995 he was invited to give the Baccalaureate Address at Stanford University.


At present, Professor Nanji serves on several academic and educational committees including Vice-Chair of the Madrasa-based Early Childhood Education Programme in East Africa, the Institute of Islamic Civilizations of the Aga Khan University and the Editorial Board for the new edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion. He is currently preparing the Historical Dictionary of Islam to be published by Penguin.


Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, H.I., S.I., President

Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha is the President and founding Trustee of Aga Khan University (AKU), a component of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which comprises a group of agencies founded by His Highness the Aga Khan that work in the developing countries of Asia and Africa focusing on health, education, rural and economic development, the enhancement of non-governmental organizations, chartered in 1983 as Pakistan's first private international university.


Dr, Kassim-Lakha has served on the boards of several governmental, professional, research and private organizations, including: the Pakistan Medical Research Council; Habib Bank Limited; Pakistan Center for Philanthropy which he chairs; and numerous senior governmental advisory panels in areas of finance, energy, environmental protection, health and education. In March 2002, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan appointed him as Chairman of the Steering Committee on Higher Education with the status of Minister of State to oversee reforms in Pakistan's higher education.


Amina Jindani, MD, FRCP

International Coordinator
Clinical Trials Programme
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD
68, Boulevard St Michel - 75006 Paris - France

She is a physician by profession with vast experience in Far East region specially China. She has done extensive work with Tuberculosis and ethical problems associated with it.


Prof. Abdallah Daar

Dr. Daar is Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto, where he is also Director of the Program in Applied Ethics and Biotechnology at the University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics.


He was a clinical lecturer in Oxford for several years before going to the Middle East to help start two medical schools. He has published two books (on tumor markers and on surgical radiology) and has over 200 publications in immunology, immunogenetics, transplantation, surgery, and bioethics. He chaired the WHO Consultation on Xenotransplantation and wrote the WHO Draft Guiding Principles on Medical Genetics and Biotechnology. He has been an expert advisor to WHO and OECD.


William R. Bowie, MD, FRCP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, recipient of UBC Center for Disease Control Recognition, member of President's Advisory Committee on Developing a Downtown Presence for UBC, Past President Canadian Infectious Disease Society. He served on a number of international advisory committees and is journal reviewer for a number of prestigious journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases.


Prof. Fred Starr

Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


Nizar Ramzan, M.D

Dr. Ramzan is the project director of Telemedicine, a program supported by the Aga Khan Health Board for USA. By profession, he is a Gastroenterologist and up until recently was on faculty at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. At present he is in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Chairs of AKHS




Riz Jadavji