Dr Amina Jindani has been honoured at the 2018 Muslim News Awards for Excellence for her life’s work and research on tuberculosis.

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Iqbal Nasim, Chief Executive of National Zakat Foundation, presenting the award to Dr Amina Jindani (Photograph by Abdul Datoo/The Muslim News)

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Dr Jindani, who is 82, is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London where she coordinates the International Consortium for Trials of Chemotherapeutic Agents in Tuberculosis, known as INTERTB.

She was presented with the Ibn Sina Award for Excellence in Health at the ceremony on 23 April this week, which was attended by MPs including Cabinet Office Minister David Liddington and figures from the worlds of sport, the arts and charities and business. The awards showcase the contribution of British Muslims to society.

The award for health takes its name from of Islam’s greatest physicians and philosopher, Abu Ali al Husayn Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina. The judges said of Dr Jindani; “Her devoted efforts have led to significant changes in ethos, procedures and approaches to the eradication of tuberculosis at both the World Health Organisation and the US Food and Drug Administration.”

Dr Jindani said: “I was up against two much younger candidates for this award, both of whom were very impressive. When they called my name I almost died! I was very surprised and really quite honoured. I’m glad I’m not confined to the dustbin yet!”

Dr Jindani still works full time on her research and on the charity she founded and travels regularly to stay in touch with a global network of health workers conducting TB trials around the world. She will be heading to Guinea next week to start enrolling subjects in the RIFASHORT trial, which aims to shorten treatment duration for tuberculosis.

For more on Dr Jindani’s charity, World Without TB, click here