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Abdul Amir Allawai

Birth:1912

Death:1998

A physician and politician belonged to a generation of Iraqi who retained the values of a more liberal and tolerant age. He represented Iraq's delegation to the Arab League Conference on Social Affairs in Beirut (1948) and then as head in Cairo (1949). He was appointed by Royal Decree Professor of Medicine in 1949. Allawai was active in the intellectual, social and political life; life member of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, founder and later President of the Society for the Care of Children and sponsored and joined many other philanthropic, educational and artistic activities. In politics he shared his liberal, progressive vision of democracy and Islam. Under his tenure as Minister of Health, Iraq's health services improved. He launched a successful campaign to eradicate malaria and other fatal diseases. He established a modern milk and dairy production and distribution industry. In 1980 after the breakout of the Iran-Iraq war he moved to London and there he lived until his death.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan

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