Chief executive and director of all operations

Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE

Professor A R Gatrad, OBE PhD DSc(Hon) FRCP FRCPH,  is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Manor Hospital in Walsall UK, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and also an Honorary Professor at the university Wolverhampton and Kentucky USA. He has been a Clinical Director for Paediatric Services in Walsall and subsequently Post Graduate Tutor. He holds a National Award for Clinical Excellence. PhD gained him recognition as an international expert in trans-cultural medicine resulting in the co-authoring of two medical text books both of which were launched to great acclaim in the House of Lords, with support from HRH Prince of Wales, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir Liam Donaldson, the then Chief Medical Officer. Professor Gatrad has over 80 peer reviewed publications with past editorship of various journals. For the College of Paediatrics, he has been a postgraduate examiner. In 1990 he was recognised by ‘Rotary International’ with the Paul Harris Fellowship. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE. In 2014 he was given Freedom of the Borough of Walsall and made Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty the Queen, for West Midlands. For his global humanitarian work he has been awarded a Doctorate of Science from the University of Wolverhampton. He is the architect of multiple medical projects abroad and built a hospital named after his mother Jubaida. www.professorgatrad.com

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Founder and Chairman

Mr. Mohammed Aslam MBE

Mr Mohammed Aslam MBE was born near Dadyal, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan). He has been a factory worker (10 years), a bus driver (17 years) and an owner of a grocery business (Khawaja Superstore) in Walsall for 27 years. He finally retired in 2000, at the age 60, to concentrate on a personal challenge of helping the unfortunate, both here in England and abroad. At the age of 76yrs he still has the same. enthusiasm and Passion. Mr Aslam is a natural leader with a flair for working with the community, a person never too busy to assist.  In 2010, in addition to the ongoing global humanitarian efforts, Mr Aslam helped the Trust set up and open the “Midland School” in an area devastated by the floods in Pakistan. To ensure that there are no overheads, he has already undertaken 67 trips to various countries to distribute money/aid that was entrusted to him (3 visits to Nepal earthquakes in 2015). He regularly travels to iversee the medical projects. A truly remarkable man, who for his altruistic work has received many local, national and international awards. In 2007 he received the MBE.

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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 who invited Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE to become its Patron and then Chief Executive and director of all operations. Mr. Aslam, who was once a bus driver and later a businessman and Professor Gatrad, who is a nationally and internationally known paediatrician, met up in 1992 when they first helped the plight of people in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Their work is local, national and international. MIAT has set up many medical projects – particularly in Gujarat and has carried out humanitarian work in over 20 countries.

Midland International Aid Trust aims to provide relief to those who are in financial need or who are suffering as a result of local, national or international disaster, or by reason of their social and economic circumstances by providing food, goods, clothing and equipment.

Local Support

Locally MIAT supports and work with the Oak tree Trust (with whom they, for example, are involved very closely with the homeless and have a project in Niger, Zimbabwe and Nepal and Pakistan). Dr Ian Robertson of Oak Tree Trust works very closely with MIAT. Locally MIAT also supports the local Rotary Club and hospices; nationally, various other charities such as Leukaemia Trust, McMillan Nurses and Cancer Research also benefit.

Humanitarian Efforts

Its function is fund raising and to provide humanitarian aid and medical aid to people around the globe. Help and support is provided to people of all cultures race and religion as evidenced by work during the Tsunami, working with the UN in Haiti, floods in Bihar (India), providing life changing operations such as cleft lip/palate in Pakistan, heart operations (‘Have a Heart’) in South Africa and 3 visits to Nepal after the devastating earthquake in 2015. Here MIAT provided food, water and medicines initially and then built 1000 huts for the homeless. In 2016, with the help of Radio XL and the Nepalese Medical Association UK, a school will be completed near Kathmandu.

Open Care

The charity flies out appropriate medical personnel, such as a heart specialist/plastic surgeons to areas of need. Health Professionals e.g. the plastic surgeons such as Nick Hart, Dr M Riaz, Dr Z Rafik (Anaeasthetist) and Dr de Giovanni (Heart specialist), do not charge for their services. Over the years over 100 man-visits have been made to Gujarat to operate, train and teach. Where there is an infrastructure, local eye surgeons are recruited to operate free of charge, as has happened in for example South Africa ‘Let me See’ cataract projects, and India. The Trust pays for consumables, travel and accommodation.

Affiliations

Al Medina education Trust Leicester
Oak tree Trust Walsall
Islamic Medical association of S Africa
Pakistan Cleft Lip and Palate Association
Decent Welfare Society
Vision International
All India Milli Foundation
Tanzeem-e-Asatiza, Pakistan
Caravan of Mercy
Dedza Welfare Trust
International Hospital relief
University of Wolverhampton
Manor Hospital, Walsall
Children of Adam

The Trust Supports

Rotary Club of Walsall
Children with Cancer
McMillan Cancer Support
Cancer Research UK
Walsall Hospice

Trust Board

Patron Chairman and Trustee: Professor A R Gatrad OBE Founder, Chief Executive and Trustee: Mr Mohammed Aslam MBE
Other Trustees
Mrs Famida Begum
Advisory Board
Mr Imran M. Sacha BSc – IT Director/Consultant
Mr Sijjad Hussain BSc, MSc, FCCA
Mr Mahmood Sacha (Assistant Project Co-ordinator)
Mr Mahmood Ravat BSc
Mr Mahmud Nadat BSc;MRICS
Yunus Bhatti (Auditor)
Nazir Ahmed (Legal Advisor)
M. Javed Iqbal
Munor Bhimani (Charity Consultant + Head of Accounts)