Are you searching for information on the community involvement of one Ali Nazerali? Is it possible that you typed Ali Nazerali when you really meant to type Aly Nazerali? After all Ali is a common spelling of Aly. This story below is about Altaf (Aly) Nazerali and not Ali Nazerali.
Helping those less fortunate and giving back to the community are very important to Aly Nazerali. Growing up in the Ismali faith, a sect of Shia Islam, and with a family tradition of community service dating back to his greatgrandfather’s work to establish a school in Mosi, Tanzania the early 1900s shaped Nazerali’s strong belief in supporting his community. He was taught that giving of one’s competence, sharing one’s time, material or intellectual wherewithal with those among whom one lives, for the relief of hardship, pain or ignorance is a deeply ingrained tradition which shapes the social conscience of the Ismaili community.
Nazerali’s family became significant patrons of a girls’ vocational training school in Bhunj, India – on of the region’s most deprived areas of India – when living there in the early part of the 20th century. The boarding school attracts female students from several villages within the region providing primary and secondary education in addition to vocational training.
The school’s primary philosophy is that educated women will then educate their children, and that by having marketable skills these women are able to provide additional income to their families thus improving the quality of lives.
In 2002, Nazerali made what is perhaps his proudest contribution when he and his family donated the Nazerali-Walji building for ambulatory care services to Pakistan’s leading medical institution and teaching facility, the Aga Khan University Hospital Complex.
This US$4.8 million 25,000 square foot project provides dedicated space to ambulatory care and includes a nuclear medical suite, custom designed rooms for tuberculosis patients, and state-of-the-art I.T. / telemetry, and nurse call systems.
Many dignitaries attended the dedication ceremony including then Governor Somroo who told Nazerali, “Indeed your gift will benefit many needy and deserving patients.” In his address, Governor Somroo pointed out that the facility is impressive for the size of the donations provided and the confidence in the University it shows to other national and international donors.
The University continues to work to meet the ever growing demand for accessible quality health care in Pakistan. The completion of the Nazerali-Walji building represents a significant step toward that goal. The three-story ambulatory care building is a comprehensive multipurpose facility that gives outpatients easy access to a host of services including clinics, diagnostics and pharmacy services all under one roof. Something that is unfortunately too rare in Pakistan.
The building boasts 31 exam rooms, nursing stations and auxiliary facilities including procedure and assessment rooms, teaching areas, and support spaces. Outpatient services are located on the ground floor. These include cardio-pulmonary diagnostic and nuclear imaging, along with a phlebotomy station, and a radiology room. Additionally, there is a pharmacy and patient welfare and business offices. The building also provided for future expansion as needs dictate.
All too often minor complaints and seemingly insignificant concerns are frequently ignored since there are so few places in Pakistan to go for a routine exam and check up. An important aspect of the Nazerali-Walji building is its Executive Clinic. The Executive Clinic provides patients access to routine exams and preventative check ups. A key benefit derived from the health evaluation program offered by the Clinic is letting patients know the status of their current health and provide preventative information. The goal is to detect and treat potential problems in the early stages before they become expensive, difficult to treat health issues.
Additionally, the Nazerali family supports many charitable institutions in the United States and Canada focusing on improving health care, and education in economically deprived areas of the world specifically in Asia and Africa.
Nazerali was named as a Paul Harris fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his charitable work.