Farmington–June 15–The new president of HDF spoke with TMO Tuesday about her background, her experience with HDF, and her plans for the future.
Dr. Rehman is a physician specializing in internal medicine, with a private practice, operating at St. John and Troy Beaumont Hospital.
Human Development Foundation (HDF) is a not-for-profit formed almost 15 years ago in Illinois; it focuses almost all of its development work in Pakistan. Its annual operating budget is over $1 million, according to its verified 2009 tax return, and its coffers also hold more than $1 million.
She explains that she has been involved â€œon and off, as a medical student even,â€ with HDF for many years, and that she has been involved on a regular basis with HDF since 2003, â€œat many levels, secretary, board of directors, to other things.â€
â€œI prefer HDF because it involves more womenâ€™s health and education–women are my top priority… HDF emphasized more women and their health issues, immunizations for kids–all that attracted me more.â€
She speaks with admiration of the accomplishments of HDF to date, of running â€œover 200 schools,â€ of microloans (â€œmainly to women but also to some menâ€). HDF provides help to get people â€œoff the ground so they can be independent… raise their own family and be educated, and get skills.â€ HDF provides â€œhelp with pregnancies and immunizations, free clinics in different villages, support clinics for womenâ€™s health–childbirth and preventive health.â€
She explains of HDFâ€™s focus on Pakistan and relative silence in the US that â€œthatâ€™s our vision.â€ However she explains that she has considered doing some projects to help children and women in Detroit, and that HDF did do some work to relieve the suffering after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
â€œI was planning on doing more during Christmas, to help the homeless and kids [in Detroit].â€
HDF is an apparently very successful not-for-profit, which claims to maintain over 200 schools in Pakistan; also clinics and even entire villages. HDF provided homes for people displaced by the floods in Pakistan, in association with APPNA.
In her professional life Dr. Rehman emphasizes womenâ€™s preventive health, and anti-aging. She recently completed a fellowship in anti-aging.