Caring For The Old, Caring For Muslims: Shafik Sachedina’s Life Endeavors

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Tanzanian-born Shafik Sachedina co-chairs Sussex Healthcare with Shiraz Boghani, a recognized UK hotel manager. Together they have their different skills and areas of expertise to propel the home-based care facility forward since it opened its doors in 1985, making it a vibrant and award-winning adult care network.

Shafik Sachedina birthplace is Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he migrated from in his teens going to the United Kingdom. He attended Guy’s Hospital Medical College for his medical degree and later trained as a dental surgeon at London Dental School in 1975. He became a dental surgeon professional who has forged his distinguished career all through the years across numerous hospitals in the UK.

Here, Shafik Sachedina has seen Sussex Healthcare expand to having 20 home facilities as well as other infrastructures such as full-care residential houses and the state-of-the-art gymnasium. The facilities cater for older Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, as well as young people with cognitive and neurological conditions.

He is highly involved in the Institute of Ismaili Studies since its foundation in 1977, where he once served as the Ismaili Council president for the UK. Shafik Sachedina heads the department of Ismaili Institute that operates in over 16 countries globally. He is in charge of enhancing smooth and efficient running of affairs in the 16 countries as a coordinator. He delegates roles across the branches in the ensuring steady activities and functions.

His work aligns with the institute’s vision of creating worldwide awareness in the Islamic culture using publications, as well as other means, that will promote Islam as a religion to the global audience. They use one of the biggest libraries at the institute that contains books, magazines, journals and other publications that publicize Islam.

Additionally, Shafik Sachedina serves on Ismaili Institute’s board of management, which is the mandated with making major decisions. These include supervising the economic growth of Muslims worldwide. He is highly consulted by the institute owing to his broad responsibilities across multiple countries and is an essential personality in the Ismaili Institute. This ties up well with his role as the Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committees chairman, which avail humanitarian help and services to Muslims.

At the Secretariat of the Aga Khan, Shafik Sachedina serves as the head of the Department of Jamati Institutions for the Ismaili community. He doubles up as a committee member for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum.