Dr. Shafik Sachedina: Humanitarian And Visionary

Dr. Shafik Sachedina was born in the city of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania, in the year 1950. He studied dentistry at Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London and graduated as a dental surgeon in 1975. For many years, Dr. Shafik Sachedina practiced dentistry in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Shafik Sachedina has developed and grown business interests in the health-care sector to include Sussex Health Care which started with just one building. This building was made into a home for the elderly in 1985. At Sussex Health Care, Dr. Shafik Sachedina is joint co-chairman of the the board with Mr. Shiraz Boghani. He has led and expanded Sussex Health Care to over 20 exceptional homes, in locations across Sussex. This health care system provides specialized, high quality care which includes care for the elderly and diseases associated with aging, 24 hour nursing care for those with medical needs, as well as care for people with learning and/or physical disabilities. The staff are skilled and provide a range of services to include physio-therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and hydrotherapy. Sussex Health Care received hospitality and business management awards which are recognized both nationally and internationally for its service and comes highly accredited through the Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Other institutions and communities Dr. Shafik Sachedina is involved with are not only located in the United Kingdom but in France and across Central Asia. Dr. Shafik Sachedina is the Head of Department of Jamati Institutions in Aiglemont, France. Dr. Sachedina is responsible for the coordination of all the programs and activities associated with the Ismaili institutions across sixteen areas. He also coordinates the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Programs across the Ismaili communities in Central Asia. He was President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom for two terms. He also chaired the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-Ordinating Committee. Dr. Sachedina has long standing service in a voluntary capacity modeling this tradition in the Ismaili community.

The Isamaili Muslims are from the Shia sect and come from twenty five countries across the globe. This makes for an ethnic and culturally diverse group of communities. The communities allegiance is to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, revered as Mawlana Hazar Imam, the 49th spiritual leader and descendant of Prophet Muhammed. Dr. Shafik Sachedina is a humanitarian, businessman and volunteers on multiple organizations.

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