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Midland International Aid Trust (MIAT) was formed in 2003 and registered in 2005. It was founded by Mr. Mohammed Aslam MBE and Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE, who is a nationally and internationally known paediatrician, met up in 1992 when they first helped the plight of people in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Midland International Aid Trust aim to provide relief to those who are in financial need or who are experiencing suffering as a result of local, national or international disaster or by reason of their social and economic circumstances amongst communities throughout the world, particularly those in who have been affected by such disasters or social or economic circumstances through the provision of material goods, clothing and equipment.

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Smile Train

Smile Train International acknowledges the work carried out at the Cleft Centre in Gujarat Pakistan – A collaboration between MIAT, OPSA and Decent Welfare Society makes us a Global leader

‘Congratulations from Smile Train Pakistan on your very well deserved award of GLOBAL LEADER  in cleft care announced by our CEO . We hope your good work to help poor cleft patients free of cost  will be continued . We wish you a greater success even in future . Your award and certificate shall be sent to us from our NY office which will be given to you in a small local ceremony at your center . Many thanks once again for being Smile Train partner and helping desperate poor cleft patients in Pakistan .


Prof Gatrad and Mohammed Aslam of MIAT works with Ian Robertson of Oak Tree Trust to help children of Zimbabwe

Here Dr Ian Robertson (Oak tree Trust), Prof Gatrad OBE Chief Executive of MIAT and Rev Wilbert are seen loading the van which has been put on a container on the 12th November bound for Africa.

Furniture books and duvets are finally on their way to Zimbabwe. After having completed a school in Zimbabwe jointly, the 2 charities have collaborated again and not only purchased the van in the picture ( to be used as a school bus) but also provided the school with books and Furniture and duvets.


After delivering 10,000 huts that Professor Gatrad promised MIAT works with XL radio to continue to help the devastated people of Nepal

After delivering 10,000 huts that Professor Gatrad promised MIAT works with XL radio to continue to help the devastated people of Nepal. Here Professor Gatrad OBE Chief Executive of MIAT is handing over a cheque for £3000 to Dr Shabin Joshi – Vice President of the Nepalese Medical Association. The money will help build a school and for some kick start their lives.



From L, to R (Mr Mohammad Aslam, Dr Shabin Joshi, Prof A R Gatrad, Mr Mahmood Sacha)


MIAT Chief Executive receives a Doctorate of Science form the University of Wolverhampton for his local, national and international work

Monday 12 October 2015

University of Wolverhampton in the news

A consultant paediatrician at Walsall Manor Hospital has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Wolverhampton’s faculty of education, health and wellbeing. Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE was able to add the honorary degree to the list of accolades he has gained since graduating in medicine from the University of Leeds during the 1980s. He is now professor of paediatrics and child health at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Kentucky holds a National Award for Clinical Excellence and has co-written two books and a further 80 reviewed papers in medical journals. Professor Rashid Gatrad said: “All these achievements would not have been possible without the unstinting support from my wife and two children. In one’s success many people are a part. “However, my inspiration comes from my mum and dad who often, who told me that – in life one should try and be ‘beyond’ outstanding and maximise one’s potential. “Therefore with wanting to be a doctor at the age of five years, it is something that I am not going to give up easily. “Even though I am 69 years of age now, I am definitely not thinking of retiring. I am sure I will get further wonderful opportunities to realise my parent’s dream of shining a light, at least in some corners of the world, where misery lurks.”

Walsall Advertiser:
Nurses risk losing the human touch as they rely too much on technology, experts have warned. Electronic devices that monitor vital signs such as pulse, temperature, blood pressure and breathing rate mean nurses are now much less “hands-on” than in the past. But it means nurses could be missing important early warnings signals, warn Lucille Kelsall-Knight and Lorraine Diegnan of Wolverhampton University. Ms Kelsall-Knight, an experiences paediatric nurse, said: “The core skill of you being a nurse is caring. “When you take a pulse just by feeling their wrist. You then get the time to talk to them as well. Taking a pulse is not just about obtaining a number, it is also about how they are feeling. “Being a hospital patient can be a solitary experience and the human aspect can make it easier.”