Shafik Sachedina

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Shafik Sachedina is the joint chairman and founder of Sussex Health. He is also the head of the Department of Jamati institutions at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His role is to coordinate all the efforts within the department to help with running the Heritage.

Born in 1950 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, he went on to study dentistry at Guy’s hospital and dental school in London and graduated in 1975. He practiced his medicine in England. He developed an interest in entrepreneurship while in England to offer diverse services in the health sector. That is what led him to start Sussex healthcare.

Sussex Health is a care and support center specializing in providing professional services to people that need special care. It has been in business for more than thirty years offering accommodation, food, and individual care to both chronically and terminally ill patients. The patients are offered different educational opportunities such as handicrafts, music, cooking lessons, therapy, and quizzes to make them better people during their stay.

Initially, Shafik focus was on providing care for the aging community but later on expanded to caring for patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, physical, neurological, and learning disabilities. The center also cares for younger people suffering from learning or physical disabilities. It has different homes, lodges, and centers to provide a variety of stay for all the incoming patients. The center has 24-hour support at all times which is provided by qualified nurses and highly trained support staff.

The Institute of Ismaili studies is based in London. It aims to promote research on the Muslim societies and cultures. The institute studies both the contemporary and historical societies of the Muslims. It also studies the relationship of Muslims with other cultures and welcomes fellow Muslims to discuss issues. The Institute was established in the 1970s by the Aga Khan whose guidance is strictly followed. The institute offers two graduate programs in Islamic studies and has a library that constitutes the highest collection of Islamic resources in the world.

As the department head of Jamati institutions, Shafik is the coordinator of all activities of the Ismaili community in the sixteen principal areas where such institutions exist. He also links the Aga Khan Development Network program with those of the Ismaili communities in central Asia. His work at the Jamati institutions is voluntary. In 2017 he represented the Islami and the Aga Khan delegation to discuss how to promote negotiation and peace within Syria with Mikhail Bogdanov who is the deputy foreign minister in Russia and a special presidential representative of the Middle East and Africa.

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