Helping those less fortunate and giving back to the community are very important to Aly Nazerali. Growing up in the in the Ismaili faith, a sect of Shia Islam, and with a family tradition of community service dating back 1900s when his grandfather helped establish a school in Moshi, Tanzania have shaped Aly Nazerali’s strong belief in supporting his community.
His family became significant patrons of a vocational training school boarding for girls in Bhuj, India — one of the regions most deprived areas. This is where the family lived prior to migrating to Africa in the early part of the 20th century. The school attracts female students from several regional villages, and provides primary and secondary education in addition to vocational training.
The school’s philosophy is that educated women will then educate their children, and be able to use their learned marketable skills to provide additional income to their families thus improving the quality of lives.
Perhaps Aly Nazerali’s proudest contribution is the Nazerali-Walji building for ambulatory care services he and his family donated to Pakistan’s leading medical institution and teaching facility, the Aga Khan University Hospital Complex.
The US$4.8 million building provides 25,000 square feet dedicated to ambulatory care and includes custom designed rooms for tuberculosis patients, a nuclear medicine suite and state-of-the-art I.T. / telemetry, and nurse call systems.
Dignitaries at the dedication ceremony included then Governor Somroo. In his address, Governor Somroo talked about how the facility is impressive for both the size of the donations provided and also the confidence in the University this type of contribution demonstrates to other national and international donors. He said to Aly Nazerali, “Indeed your gift will benefit many needy and deserving patients.”
The completion of the Nazerali-Walji Building represents a significant step taken by the University towards meeting the ever growing demand for quality health care services in Pakistan. The three-storied ambulatory care building is a comprehensive multipurpose facility that gives outpatients hard to come by access to a host of services including clinics, diagnostics and pharmacy services all under one roof.
The lower two floors of the building include 31 exam rooms, nursing stations and auxiliary facilities such as procedure and assessment rooms, teaching areas, and support spaces. Outpatient services such as cardio-pulmonary diagnostic and nuclear imaging, along with a phlebotomy station, and a radiology room are all located on the ground floor. Additionally, there is a pharmacy and patient business and welfare offices. There is also room for future expansion as needs dictate. The building’s overall design blends well with the surrounding landscape, complementing the architecture of the University campus.
An important aspect of the Nazerali-Walji building is its Executive Clinic. All too often minor fleeting complaints, seemingly insignificant, are frequently ignored as there are few places in Pakistan to go for a routine exam and check up. The Executive Clinic gives patients access to routine exams and preventative check ups. The major benefit of the health evaluation program offered by the Executive Clinic is letting patients know current status of their health and provide proactive and preventative information. During the check up, potential problems can be detected and treated in the early stages before they become difficult to treat health issues. If necessary, patients are referred and appointments arranged with specialists outside the clinic.
In addition, the family supports many other charitable institutions in Canada and the United States focused on improving health care and education in economically deprived areas of the world specifically in Africa and Asia.
Aly Nazerali was named a Rotary International Paul Harris fellow in recognition of his charitable work.