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  • IMASA Ladysmith Cataract Camp – 14th October 2017
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Health Day – 14th May 2017
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Health Day – 05th February 2017
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch Health Day – 16th October 2016
  • Cancer Awareness Programme – 15th October 2016
  • IMASA Ladysmith – Mercy Mission to Turkey
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Mandela Day 2016
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch Pre-Khutbah Jumuah – Ramadhaan 2016
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch Health Day – May 2016
  • Ladysmith Branch Get Together – 01st June 2016
  • IMASA Ladysmith Branch hosts Health Day in Burford – 21st Feb 2016
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IMASA Ladysmith Cataract Camp – 14th October 2017

Alhumdulillah, the IMASA Ladysmith Branch held its first Cataract Programme on the 14th October 2017 with 8 cataracts performed at the local provincial hospital.

Dr Kuschke performed the surgery of these patients who were on the waiting list for the past 2 years.


3. Sr Mbhele with Dr Phule - Medical Manager

IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Health Day – 14th May 2017

On the 14th May 2017, IMASA Ladysmith Branch undertook an Outreach Programme at the Zimisele School in Waaihoek, a rural area 45km outside of Ladysmith. In weather conditions that were challenging, 180 patients were offered medical, dental and eye screening.

The programme was held in conjunction with Operation Sukuma Saku, Al Imdaad Foundation and the Islamic Educational Centre.

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IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Health Day – 05th February 2017

A rural school in Uitval, 50km further inland from Ladysmith,was the venue of the IMASA outreach programme held in conjunction with Operation Sukuma Saku, Al Imdaad Foundation and the Department of Health .

A bright sunny day greeted the delegation on arrival and over 550 patients were seen. Cattle are the natural lawn mowers at the school. The day ended with a massive thunderstorm drenching all and sundry. The numbers proved overwhelming. The dentists were left lock jawed at the record number of extractions performed. The optometrists had double vision at the end of the day to the extent that they will return In Sha Allah in a month to finish their screening.

The medical screening under the supervision of Dr Mohamed Bayat and Matron Sha Mathadeen rendered many a hypertensive to normotensive status. Quenching thirst was an important part of the programme and this was ably executed by learners of the Islamic Educational Centre under the supervision of the principal Mr K.T. Ziyambi and Shura member Tawfik Rasool

The role of the Al Imdaad Foundation under Ahmed Karrim and Hasan Shazi once again manifested in providing walking aids and hygiene packs to the delighted patients. The team continued to work under challenging conditions and at the end of the day everyone was a winner.

Shukran to all who assisted in making this day a success and offering their voluntary services. May Allah reward you abundantly. AAMEEN

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IMASA Ladysmith Branch Health Day – 16th October 2016

IMASA Ladysmith Branch executed another successful Health Awareness Programme on the 16th October 2016. The free medical screening took place in the Uitvaal area 60 km outside of Ladysmith. Eye screening, Dental Screening and Basic Medical Check-ups were performed by a dedicated team of Healthcare Professionals. We were greeted by 130 people on arrival in the early hours of the morning and as the day progressed the numbers swelled to almost 300, Alhumdulillah.

Even with the exhausting hours and extremely hot weather, bottled waters were distributed to the patients and the volunteers persevered in their efforts.

We make dua that Allah [SWT] accept the efforts of those who were involved and always use us for His service AAMEEN.

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Cancer Awareness Programme – 15th October 2016

On Saturday the 15th October 2016, the Islamic Educational Centre in collaboration with IMASA LADYSMITH BRANCH hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Ladies of the community attended to support the campaign.  The programme consisted of a presentation by Nusrat Kader, a chiropractor and breast cancer survivor, who enlightened the audience on cancer and chiropractics. Two local cancer survivors also shared their journey. The guest speaker for the day was Linda Meissner, a clinical psychologist who highlighted the psychosocial aspects of cancer.

The afternoon ended with tea and free breast screening conducted by Matron Shah Begum Mathadeen and local ultrasonographer  Khadija Patel.

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IMASA Ladysmith – Mercy Mission to Turkey

Edited Ladysmith Mission Of Mercy

Caring Sisters Network Contribution


The Ladysmith Branch of the IMA of South Africa coordinated a visit to Reyhanli, in Turkey, from the 01st to the 08th October 2016 for an eye screening programme. The programme coordinator was Ladysmith optometrist, Br. Ismail Sardiwalla. The mission comprised of three other optometrists – Sr. Azima Sardiwalla, Br. Akbar Badat of Heidelberg and Sr. Sameera Hajat of Johannesburg. Dr Nasreen Sardiwalla Parak, a dentist from Newcastle, accompanied the delegation as did Dr Mohamed Mulla (surgeon) and Sr Tasneem Amla (professional nurse) from Ladysmith. In total, together with other support staff and family members, there were 17 delegates who visited the region.


The primary aim of the mission was to conduct a comprehensive eye clinic in association with the “Al-Salam” school in Reyhanli. The school is home to almost 2000 Syrian refugee children, many of whom are orphans and is run under the auspices of the Syrian Kids Foundation. Prior to departure the delegation also collected money from the South African public (both Lillah and Zakaat) for distribution in the region as part of a social welfare programme.

The town of Reyhanli is situated along the Syrian border. In actual fact when one travels from the airport in Hatay (40 km from Reyhanli), one can see the concrete wall which separates Syria from Turkey. The EMEL clinic was used for the eye screening programme. This clinic deals exclusively with Syrian refugees. Learners from the school were transported by bus to the clinic.

Pic4 - Autorefraction under the watchful eye of Sr Azima Sardiwalla

An initial eye screening was conducted by the support staff, auto refraction was then performed for those with suspected visual impairments followed by an eye examination by the optometric team. Spectacles were then prescribed for those requiring it. The delegation had brought along with them a range of frames and ready reading spectacles. Arrangements were then made for the spectacle lenses to be cut in Turkey. In addition, the teachers at the school together with patients visiting the EMEL clinic were also screened and managed appropriately. The programme proved so popular that a request by another school was facilitated. There was no doubt that the four optometrists were literally worked off their feet. The hot weather conditions during the day proved to be challenging. However, with the grace of Allah, the optometrists achieved what the mission intended to do.

A special word has to be mentioned of the accompanying support staff and family members of the visiting optometrists as they played a major role in the success of the programme. They happily, indulged themselves in doing basic screening, collating statistics and ensuring a smooth programme. The joy and infectious enthusiasm from the learners of the Reyhanli school during the programme was a sight to behold. In total, almost 1800 patients were screened and approximately 10% were found to have visual defects requiring intervention.

The second part of the programme entailed distributing relief to destitute families. The “non-optometry delegation” under the leadership of Sr. Tasneem Amla visited different homes, assessed the needs of the families and presented them with some financial aid. In addition, each family was presented with a hygiene pack which consisted of basic toiletries, a toothbrush and toothpaste. These hygiene packs were prepared by the sisters of Ladysmith.

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This effort was coordinated by Sister Shireen Vorajee and her dedicated team. The relief also extended to the neighbouring town of Hatay where destitute families were also visited and assisted. Many of these refugee families live on the slopes of the mountain. It reminded one of the Bo-Kaap in the Western Cape except that it is much steeper and more intensely populated. This task proved challenging on a hot day when even the transport vehicle could not access certain areas.

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Dr Nasreen Sardiwalla Parak provided a dental service to some of the learners. Dental hygiene appears to be a major problem amongst the kids and she supplemented her effort with a talk on the importance of oral hygiene to the student body. A future dental mission will prove invaluable.

The visit of the IMA South Africa was a first in terms of Allied Health Professionals coordinating a programme. Most medical missions comprise of doctors and this mission showed how valuable and important Allied Health Professionals are in terms of health looked at in a holistic manner.

The IMASA would like to thank Dr Hazar Al Mahayni (the Principal) and Sister Imane Kaddo of the Al Salam School for facilitating our visit and to Mr Mahmoud, the administrator of the EMEL clinic for use of the facility. Many others from individuals to organisations and corporate sponsors played a substantial role in the success of this effort. It is hoped that this mission will pave the way for similar missions to areas in need.


Pic6 - Emotional scenes - Taahir Sardiwalla drew the mural on the school wall. All the volunteers names were written as a lasting memory of IMASA's tiny contribution

IMASA Ladysmith Branch – Mandela Day 2016


The Ladysmith Branch of the IMA, in keeping with the NEC theme of service to the elderly, visited bedridden patients who had no access to medical services. The team, under the leadership of Dr M. Bayat and Dr M.D. Vawda, visited the patients and offered medical help on the day. The response from the families of the patients was overwhelming. 

In addition to their medical needs, the social needs were made note of and handled with the relevant social authorities in Ladysmith.

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IMASA Ladysmith Branch Pre-Khutbah Jumuah – Ramadhaan 2016

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IMASA Ladysmith Branch Health Day – May 2016

The Engcongwane School in Emcitsheni is located in a rural area 25km outside Ladysmith. The school was the venue for the on-going Islamic Medical Association’s Health Day programme which is held in conjunction with the Department of Health, Operation Sukuma Sakhe, Al-Imdaad Foundation and Ladysmith Caregivers. 

The well kept and well maintained school provided a perfect venue in the rural setting where over 200 patients were seen. Many of these patients have limited access to health care.  Services provided on that day included medical screening in terms of hypertension, diabetes and assessment by the team leader Dr Mohamed Bayat. Interestingly two unknown diabetic patients were diagnosed which sugars well over 20mmol/ℓ. Arrangements were then made after initial control at the makeshift venue for transfer to the local Provincial Hospital by ambulance.

Due to the scarcity of adequate dental care, the oral hygiene nurse, Thuli Makhathini, educated the patients with regard to adequate dental care and dental packs were then given. Those with rotten teeth, where there was no hope of restoration, had their extractions done with much relief of pain. 

The optometry service proved once again most popular and the smile on the patients’ faces, whose vision was improved by provision of simple spectacles, was heart-warming.  However the problem of cataracts once again manifested and in the state sector there is a massive waiting list for this.

The Islamic Medical Association would like to extend their sincere thanks to Mr Simon Gumede and Mr Soojat Khan for coordinating the programme. In addition a multitude of thanks needs to be given to the school Principal and his staff for allowing us use of the venue. The Al-Imdaad Foundation, ably led by Ahmed Shazi and Ahmed Karrim, was once again up to the task and provided much relief in terms of health packs and walking aids for those that needed them. The learners from the Islamic Educational Centre provided water for patients in waiting. To all the volunteers, both medical and non-medical, who helped on the day, may you be abundantly rewarded for your sacrifice in providing health to those in desperate need.

Mr Simon Gumede assisting patients IMA Health Team Team esuring optimal vision Nurse Thuli Makhatini & dentist raeesa Vorajee

Ladysmith Branch Get Together – 01st June 2016

Ladysmith Get Together - 01st June 2016

IMASA Ladysmith Branch hosts Health Day in Burford – 21st Feb 2016

The Ndalela High School in Burford was the venue for the Islamic Medical Association Ladysmith Branch Health Awareness Day on the 21st February 2016. The programme was held in conjunction with Operation Sukuma Sakho / the Department of Health, the Al-Imdaad Foundation, the Islamic Educational Centre and the Ladysmith Caregivers Group.  

More than 350 patients were seen on the day and they were screened under the watchful eye of Dr M. Bayat for common conditions like hypertension and diabetes. A full dental clinic was provided where dental advice was given and overtly rotten teeth were extracted by local dentist Dr M.D. Vawda, assisted by IEC learner Aadila Moolla. The most popular and much needed facility was the eye screening programme which attracted the most number of patients. Ismail Sardiwalla, together with optometrists Aquila Plows and Azeema Sardiwalla, had their hands full screening patients for common eye disorders, prescribing glasses for those acutely in need and referring the more serious conditions to the eye clinic at the local Provincial Hospital.  

Learners from the Islamic Educational Centre together with their Principal Mr K.T. Ziyambi and deputy principal Mr Idris Kader brought along drinking water for distribution amongst patients who had been sitting in adverse heat conditions. This provided much needed relief for the patient crowd on the day. In addition the learners also distributed 5 litres of water for later home use. Water is a much needed commodity in the area and at least some relief was provided. The funds for this noble water initiative were raised by the learners of IEC 

This programme is the initiative of the different groups and is held throughout the year with the next programme scheduled for the 15th May 2016 in an area devoid of essential services. A special thanks to the staff of the Ndalela High School for making the facility available and to all those who provided assistance to those really in need.   May Allah [SWT] bless all those who helped in this noble initiative.

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