Dr Shakira Cassim is a Paediatrician in private practice for the past twenty years. She also has a Diploma in HIV Management and a Masters in Public Health. Her Dissertation was entitled: “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Private Practice”. Her special interest amongst general paediatrics includes NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care unit) caring for extremely low birth weight, premature babies and Paediatric HIV, immunization and allergies.
She has been involved in a number of activities including community outreach programme; health awareness; teaching nurses and students; marital intimacy workshops; creating awareness of the differences in the male and female brain; interfaith work; radio programmes and attended broadcasting workshops on radio. Often as a guest and presenter on community Radio stations. She has authored a book: “Marital Intimacy – Guide to Sexual Bliss in Islam”.
She has completed an online Post Graduate Certificate Course in Paediatric Nutrition (2019) through the Boston University. She also lectures to final year medical students in Neonatology at the Nelson Mandela Medical School, UKZN since 2018.
She keeps regularly updated by constantly upgrading skills by attendance at Conference’s, CME’s and reading Journal Articles. Often Invited speaker to many Conferences, Women Conferences, and also to the Neonatal Nursing Association Conference (NNASA). Often some of her complex cases are presented at the multidisciplinary meetings. She works in and around the hospitals in Central Durban. In fact one of the management of complex cases appeared in the St Augustines magazine in latter part of 2017.
She has been an executive member of the Islamic Medical Association, an NGO and has previously served as Chair of the Durban Branch and is currently on the Management Committee of the Baitul Nur Trust. In October 2017 during the recent Measles outbreak in the Ethekwini area has been the Team Leader of the Islamic Medical Association (community response to the outbreak). She is the convenor of the IMA 40th Convention 2020/2021 (together with her husband Dr Ebrahim Khan) postponed due to COVID.
During the Covid Pandemic 2021/2021 she organized and hosted the CME Programme of the KZN Paediatrician Private Practice and the CME of the Islamic Medical Association via virtual platforms.
She was honoured in 2005 by the Durban Group of Amnesty International; 2010 by the World Council for Religion and Peace; 2011 was honoured at the Federation of IMA Conferences in Indonesia and in 2012 was a Finalist for the KZN Women of Excellence in the Health and Wellness Category by Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was also part of the ViiV Advisory Board in February 2019.
Her contribution to society was documented as part of Fatima Asmal’s Dissertation for a Masters Degree in History entitled “Contribution of Muslim women in contemporary society”. This was also presented at the Awqaf Conference in Durban- March 2016 entitled: “Shakira Cassim – A woman against all odds”.