IMANA Safari CME 2014

Islamic Medical Association of North American (IMANA) held it’s 12th International and 47th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting on August 8th -16th, 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania. 168 People attended the convention, enjoying time with family and friends on this once in a lifetime experience. This was an international meeting with a joint CME with Federation of Islamic Medical Association (FIMA).

IMANA guests stayed in Arusha for the first three nights, attending two days of CME which was well attended by IMANA and FIMA members from over a dozen countries. The theme of the scientific meeting was Personalized Medicine: Global and Demographic Challenges. A total of 16 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM were offered. A diverse faculty covered the CME theme.

IMANA hosted a BBQ dinner by the pool which IMANA families enjoyed the open fresh air and delicious Halal food. The following evening IMANA held it’s Annual Banquet which was also attended by FIMA members and leaders. FIMA leaders and projects were recognized for their service and contributions. SaveVision project of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) received a special award from IMANA for its amazing work on over 100,000 eye procedures. Dr. Ashraf Jedar was recognized for his untiring work for FIMA projects. Dr. Juma Mwimbe was recognized for his very smooth coordination of FIMA and IMANA joint activities. Dr. Parvaiz Malik was the recipient of IMANA’s the Elkadi Award. The evening was a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, including a memorable experience for the children with IMANA Kids Program.

Our annual conference preceded with an exciting and adventurous Safari in the world famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The IMANA group flew to the Serengeti National Park in chartered planes overlooking the beautiful African landscapes. The adventure of Africa started from the arrival at the Serengeti Air Strip where families boarded jeeps to begin their safari. As soon as the jeeps drove into the park the wild animals were seen as if they were welcoming us.

IMANA families enjoyed the experience of the timeless sights and sounds of the Serengeti, surrounded by the lush landscape with the unforgettable array of wildlife, including the wildebeest migration. The Serengeti National Park is 5,700 Square Miles of wildlife that is visited by around 400,000 visitors annually and the home to lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinoceros, water buffalos, impalas, cheetahs, thomson and grant gazelles, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, wild dogs, and giraffes. The park also boasts of about 500 species of birds, including ostrich, secretary bird, kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds, and many species of vultures. IMANA families enjoyed watching all the wildlife in Serengeti. Imam Muneer Fareed and Imam Zulfiqar Ali Shah travelled with our group and imparted their religious and spiritual guidance throughout the trip and enriched all who attended. Dr. Shah delivered Juma Khutbah in Lake Manyara on the last full day of the Safari trip overlooking the beautiful lake and forest. IMANA Safari featured the finest guides, who revealed Tanzania’s count-less wonders. We visited Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife similar to Serengeti. The crater rim is 19 km in diameter 610 meter deep and 304sq km in area. Inside the crater there is a population of 25,000 wild animals. After the crater the entire group traveled in Jeeps to Lake Manyara National Park, it is a 127 square miles park, home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates. Lake Manyara provides opportunities for ornithologists keen on viewing and observing over 300 migratory birds, including flamingo, long-crested eagle and grey-headed kingfisher. IMANA’s 12th International Convention was a memorable and educational meeting, many members expressed their appreciation for this once in a life time trip. Registration for our 48th Annual Convention in Dominican Republic on August 1-8, 2015 has already begun. IMANA invites you to join us on this breathtaking island and create more memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our next convention.

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