Dr. Shafik Sachedina was born in Tazmania and is currently Department Head of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness at the Aga Khan Aiglemont in France. His responsibility lies with coordinating the programs and activities where the Ismaili community’s institutions are located. He also interfaces with the Development Network programmers of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia.
He is a graduate of Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School and the University of London and is a dental surgeon. He had a dental practice in England for many years. He has an interest in the health care industry. Sachedina is also a member of the Board of Governor’s for the Institute. In addition, Dr. Sachedina is a member of the AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network), Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Committee for Coordination, Aiglemont and ILI (Ismaili Leader’s International). Shafik Sachedina always has volunteering at the top of his to do list and includes working with the Aga Khan and Jamati Institute and President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom among his volunteer efforts.
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He is also the owner and Joint Chairperson for Sussex Health Care, independently owned homes located in West Sussex focusing on elderly care, specifically those with Alzheimer ’s disease and Dementia. The homes are staffed by healthcare professionals and the company has been operating for more than 30 years and has provided healthcare for more than 300,000 people. The organization has extended services to include a daycare/outreach service that serves clients within the Village of Broadbridge Health. The facility serves individuals with brain damage, as well as other neurological conditions on a respite, residential and outreach basis.
The company has also established additional services for individuals suffering with autism and severe learning and physical disabilities. Homes are staffed with 24 hour experienced professionals, emergency call system, holistic therapy along with an activity program and a specialized gym. Local GP’s visit the homes on a regular basis and are on 24 hour call. The homes provide accommodations for a maximum of 10 residents that all have ground floor accommodations. The homes also provide sitting rooms, kitchen and dining areas and games room.
Sussex Healthcare awarded 6 workers in 2015 with diplomas representing level 5 in professional practice for social care. The students were required to attend workshops on a monthly basis, while 50 percent of their workload is for studying as well as working within the organization.