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Inspirational Woman: Dr Seema Saadikha | Founder, Namma Mitra Foundation

Dr Seemma Saadikha

I am Dr Seemma and I hail from Bangalore.

My medical journey started 12 years ago when I completed my MBBS. Over the past decade, I have been associated with some of the most prestigious hospitals both in India and abroad. These include the Bisha hospital and the world-class King Abdullah hospital in Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, I was exposed to laser therapy and treatment, which motivated me to pursue studies at the Australian Institute for laser technology. My mentor saw my potential and further persuaded me to take up anti-ageing as an area of specialization. Currently, I work in close association with the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A4M), the Australian Medical Laser Association (AMLA) and Care 100 Research Group. I specialize in Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Laser therapies, Anti-Ageing therapies, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, Therapeutic Lifestyle, Dermal & Scar Repair, Musculoskeletal Disorder Treatment and Regenerative Therapy. I have successfully conducted several workshops and have presented talks at reputed institutes like YPO-WPO, FICCI, Kerala Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) and Wellness India.

In May 2015, I started an NGO named Namma Mitra Foundation, which works on projects to address issues on health, hygiene, education, environment, employment, electricity, etc of the villages. Namma Mitra also conducts surveys to narrow down on problems faced by villagers and comes up with solutions for them.

Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote

Namma Mitra believes in empowerment by creating sustainable employment opportunities to help establish sustainable livelihoods and improve the overall well being of the people who need support. We recently installed a solar grid in Banadur village which powered street lights and 70 houses with sufficient electricity for lighting and charging. The children now have the luxury of studies after sunset, while the residents have better visibility.

Also, Introduction of E-Shala (E-Learning Program), enabled students a chance at higher and quality education as compared to prevailing system limited to standard 5. All content is in Kannada and English, making it easier for the children to learn and understand all subjects from class 5 to class 10. The foundation has been actively conducting Medical Camps in remote villages across Karnataka region providing free check-ups, consultation and distributing medicines and supplements to the needy. More recently a Cell Phone repair training camp was conducted in the village with a more hands-on practical experience.

Dr Seemma Saadikha

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?

I think a woman is more than capable of overcoming any challenges.  I sure have seen ups and downs in my life, but my perseverance has always ensured that I don’t take eyes off the goal, and I overcome the obstacles that come in the way.

What has been your greatest achievement personally?

Though I have received many awards ( Young Achievers Award – Roshnii, • Sarthak Naari Award-1000Petals & CNBC• Inspiration Award – Britt World Wide,) but honestly, Seeing the smile on the faces of the people is my greatest achievement. I am happy to contribute in my small way in  Health, Education, Environment and Self-sustenance of the needy and underprivileged. I think everyone should benefit from the progress we are making, and not just a few

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?

I always wanted to work for the poor and the needy. I cant see myself doing anything other than what I am doing currently. India is a great country and I want every Indian to be healthy and educated and have access to the best healthcare and facilities.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My grandmother is my biggest inspiration. She has always supported me, encouraged me and advised me. My inspiration also comes from the poor. They have a great fighting spirit, and they keep marching , inspite of so many problems and extreme poverty they face.




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