Fellow Since 2006
The Fast Aid Association for Chronic Diseases
This profile was prepared when Ali Hussein was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
To ensure that the national blood supply increases and stabilizes, Ali is changing the culture around donation of this critical resource. Through his organization, Gamayet Zakaat El Dam, he works closely with existing blood banks and hospitals to ensure that donation is safe for those who give and receive blood and with the media to lessen the perception of risk, especially among young people. Using the concepts of zakat from Islam and tithe from Christianity, Ali emphasizes that by donating blood the welfare of all is ensured, while it offers a vehicle for healthy people to give back to society.