Dr. Alam’s “Love for Humanity”
Malnutrition and childbirth is one of the critical problems in the community. Less than 2% of the women in the community receive any parental care or have a trained birth attendant present at time of delivery of the baby. Nandina General Hospital in Bangladesh is a healthcare model meeting progressive and vital changing needs of it’s community today and tomorrow. Due to the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Anwar Hussein and Abu Alam, MD a facility has been constructed to serve the underprivileged people in the surrounding areas who otherwise would have little to no medical treatment. Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ has graciously donated almost all of the hospital medical equipment. The response both here and in Bangladesh has been overwhelming, but the need is still very great.
Abu Alam, MD, a Summit obstetrician-gynecologist for 29 years, in January of 2,000 he was preparing for his annual trip to Milot, Haiti to perform free surgeries for the 11th year in a row. “The people wait for me every year,” Dr. Alam said. With no newspaper, no radio and no television in the town of 8,000 people, the only form of communication is word of mouth.
Because of the absence of local doctors, he is considered a celebrity there, he said. “Someone once said I was like the mayor of the town,” Dr. Alam said. The busy doctor on is off time works more than 10 hours everyday while in Haiti. It is not uncommon for women to walk 50 miles or more on unpaved paths to reach the small, primitive clinic in pain because they have probably not seen a doctor in almost a year. During his stay, Dr. Alam performs about 20 hysterectomies, the average amount that most gynecologists in the U.S. perform in one year.
Dr. Alam, who was born in India but raised in Pakistan/Bangladesh, is drawn to Haiti because he knows who it is like to grow up in a poor country. With amazing ambition Dr. Alam grew up very affluently; he went to an American school and had the opportunity to go to medical school but was always aware of the suffering around him. After he graduated from medical school in Bangladesh in 1972 and moved to America a year later, he received his training at Louisiana State University and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. In 1981 he moved to Summit, NJ and began his practice in 1983.
Dr. Abu Alam, MD dedicates six to eight weeks out of each year to volunteering his time and efforts in countries such as Haiti, Kenya and Bangladesh.
In a world riddled with multiple hospitalizations, endless surgeries, orthopedic and neurological difficulties, children with severe achondroplasia and their families are too familiar with pain. The Teddy Bear Foundation is a public charity founded in 1994 to help provide these children with the medical care and financial support they need to overcome this potentially debilitating condition. Abu Alam, MD is the current Chairman of the Teddy Bear Foundation of NJ.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is a hereditary, congenital form of skeletal dysplasia, commonly known as dwarfism. Over 50,000 people in the U.S. are afflicted with one of the 251 types of dwarfism-more than those suffering from either sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis or hemophilia. One in every 15,000 babies is born with dwarfism, most to parents of average stature.
Dr. Alam’s Philanthropic Missions
Abu Alam, MD was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his philanthropic dedication as a distinguished American, who has made a significant contribution to our Nation’s Heritage.
“Dr. Alam Contributes his skills, time and money toward the growth and operations of the Nandina General Hospital in Bangledesh.”
“Abu Alam, MD volunteers his time to serve as the Chairman of the Teddy Bear Foundation to improve the lives of children with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.”
Abu Alam, MD: Continues to volunteer his time unconditionally. Dr. Alam graduated from medical school in Bangladesh in 1972 and moved to America a year later, he received his training at Louisiana State University and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. In 1981 he moved to Summit, NJ and began his practice in 1983.
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