The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamdard University, a prominent and highly established University in Pakistan, on 26 January 2001.
Hamdard University provides an academic and enabling environment, which is founded
on the old philosophical belief that the ultimate reality can be reached through pure reason
and intellectual pursuits.
The MoU encompasses academic support – providing teaching and training, student
literature as well as exchange programmes and research.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, and Jamia Hamdard entered into an MoU which was officially signed and accepted on 16 April 2003.
Jamia Hamdard, conceived as a seat of higher learning in Unani Medicines was established in 1948 to highlight the contribution of Islam and Islamic culture to Indian civilization as well as focusing on the development of Unani Medicines.
The MoU encompasses academic support, research activities as well as a programme for academic exchange.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aligarh Muslim University, a residential academic institution of international repute, on 5 November 2007.
Aligarh Muslim University was established in 1875 by Indian Muslims. It offers more than 250 courses on traditional and modern branches of education. It is one of the oldest universities in India and has a renowned reputation.
The MoU signed between the two organizations encompasses features such as collaborative research and academic support.
The Institute is facilitating the offering of a two year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Unani-Tibb Medicine at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The curriculum of the Postgraduate Diploma, developed by the Institute, was evaluated at a Curriculum Review Workshop, conducted on the 4th & 5th May 2010.
Experts from India and Pakistan, in the field of Unani Medicine, together with local academics participated in the Review Workshop. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Anthony Staak and a member of his team participated in the review workshop.
The Institute is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Traditional Healer’s Chair at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). The Chair will provide a platform for training, research and development in the fields of African and other forms of Traditional Medicines which at this stage includes Unani-Tibb. Prof Nceba Gqaleni and Prof Indres Moodley from the Traditional Healers Chair, together with international experts participated in reviewing the course material developed by the Institute during the Curriculum Review Workshop, held on the 4th & 5th May 2010.
The affiliation with Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children was formed with the opening of a Tibb Medical Centre on the premises of the Saartjie Baartman Centre in 2008. The Tibb Medical Centre, in addition to providing employment for recently qualified Tibb doctors enables the surrounding communities to access Tibb treatment as is currently available through Tibb Clinics in other areas such as Langa.
The association with Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women & Children further facilitates the Tibb caring principles to be expanded and included with other orgsanisations that Saartjie Baartman is affiliated to such as Anex CDW, Khululeka,Childline, REACH and Gender Dynamix. The Medical Centre caters for the needs of the many women and children based at the organization itself and other women and children who access the services of the other partners on site, in the form of free consultation and subsidized medication.
IMA Clinics Partnership
In 2009 the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb entered into an agreement with Islamic Medical Association (IMA) to sponsor the training and placement of Tibb Lifestyle Advisors in IMA clinics in Marianhill, Braemer and Malukazi in Durban. In February 2015 an additional agreement was signed with the Gauteng branch for the placement of a Lifestyle Advisor in the IMA Orland East Clinic, Soweto. The advisors raise awareness amongst patients at these primary healthcare clinics on the benefits of preventative healthcare, and providing practical guidelines on how patients can take responsibility for their own well-being. By empowering individuals, Tibb aims to effectively contribute to the development of the surrounding communities and to assist people in living happier, healthier lives.
Osizweni Community Centre
The Osizweni Community Centre was established in 2008 by Islamic Relief to cater for the educational, health and social needs of the informal settlements surrounding Ennerdale. The Centre provides assistance to orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians, as well as educational activities aimed at social upliftment and skills development. Counseling services are also offered to support people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans, and those affected by gender-based violence and social issues. The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has entered into partnership with the Centre sponsoring Lifestyle Advisors, whose roles are to raise awareness and educate people on practical healthy living habits and improving the management of their chronic illnesses.
Allied Communities Network
The Allied Communities Network is a Johannesburg based PBO dedicated to the upliftment of health and welfare of South Africans. Founded by Mr. Alcon Dube, the organisation seeks the participation of people with a significant interest in the health, social and economic welfare of children, women, youth and vulnerable groups and invites their support through private giving.
Since 2013, the Institute of Tibb has partnered with the Allied Communities Network to support community health within the City of Johannesburg. To this end, the Allied-Tibb Community Oriented Care Programme entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 with the City of Jo’burg’s Department of Health to render mentoring and coaching to health promoters across the city’s seven regions.
The City of Johannesburg health Department representatives have been privy to the benefits of introducing Tibb Lifestyle Factors as an adjuvant to medical care. Extensive training that has been conducted by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb through the Allied Communities Network with over 3000 lifestyle advisors trained to date.
For the next three years, health promoters in the City of Johannesburg’s seven regions will provide ‘health promotion with a difference’ under supervision of regional managers as well as mentors trained by Tibb doctors.
RK Khan Hospital
In January 2015, sister Honey Allee of the Islamic Medical Association facilitated the placement of a Tibb Lifestyle Advisor at the R K Khan Hospital in Chatsworth. The Lifestyle Advisor will assist in providing health education that is an important component of the Department of Health national development plan. Emphasis is on the role of lifestyle in health promotion and in the management of chronic illness conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and tuberculosis.
On the 20th April 2006 the Institute signed a memorendum with the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa. As both organisations are Islamic Waqf’s, their common objectives of making a difference in South Africa irrespective of colour, creed, race or religion can be pursued. The focus of the MoU will be on health related matters.