· To unite Muslim
medical personnel and promote their spiritual, moral, and material welfare.
· To encourage the integration
of scientific medical practice with Islamic practice, including arranging for
prayers, preaching, and terminal care for Muslim patients.
· To distribute medical
· To establish hospitals,
clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and medical training schools.
· To encourage the training of
Muslims in all medical fields.
· To promote health care in the
community using the mosque and other appropriate fora.
· To promote good relations with
other Islamic organizations at home and abroad, including other Islamic medical
· To raise funds and establish
projects for carrying out these objectives.
The Islamic Medical Association of Uganda(IMAU) was established
in 1988 to provide support to Muslim health professionals. It aims to improve
the health of the people of Uganda in general, and the Muslim community in
The idea for the association originated with three Muslim
doctors who shared with each other the professional alienation they experienced
in a country where Muslims are a minority. The three doctors had worked with
medical associations in the United States, Europe, and Arab countries and noted
how these groups helped reduce an individuals sense of isolation.
A meeting in a private home with 30 health professionals from
across the country grew into an association that today has over 300 members.
In the beginning, IMAU established Saidina Abubakar, a modest
nursing home and medical unit next to their headquarters in Kampala. Since then,
IMAU has laid the foundation for an Islamic hospital, supported family planning
services in 17 Islamic health centres, organized conventions on topics related
to Islam and medicine, provided financial support to medical students, and
pioneered the first AIDS prevention programme for Ugandas Muslim
IMAU project staff pose with the
Mpigi District Khadi. Rear, L-R: Tatu Nalunga, Nakyanjo Neema, Sheikh Ibrahim
Nkangi (Mpigi District Kadhi), Haji Rashid Munyagwa, Twaha Swanyana, Dr Yusuf
Walakira. Front, L-R: Sarah Namugga, Abdul Karim