It was sad to know that Dr Rafia Khanum Malik died on 18th January, where her funeral was held to days later on 20th of January, 2015 in London.
Dr Rafia Malik graduated from deMontmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore. In 1970, She got the license to practice in England where she got the diploma in Dental Public Health, from Royal College of Surgeons, England in 1984. She returned to Pakistan in 1985 to help Lever Brothers Pakistan run “Lever Dental Hygiene Service”. In Karachi, She did 800 Schools where she gave “dental health education” to promote prevention of Dental Diseases. In July, 1987, she laid the foundation stone of “Institute of Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health” to train the para dental staff.
She started a dental surgery and worked as Consultant Dental Surgeon in Karachi.
In November, 1988, she appointed as “project director” to help set up Baqai Dental College. Two new subjects-Community Dentistry and “Pre-clinical Training”- were introduced in the curriculum of BDS syllabus by Dr Rafia Khanum Malik.
She wrote lots of books on Prevention of Dental Diseases for general public.
She was appointed Vice Principal of Baqai College of Dentistry for three years.
She gave “dental health education” through Radio programmes and Pakistan Television. She did lots of welfare work in Karachi, under the umbrella of an NGO “Amin Wadee”. She started School of Dental Hygienists, affiliated with Sindh Medical Faculty in 1995 to train ‘Dental Surgery Assistants’ and ‘Dental Hygienists’.
She attended many courses and seminars in London. She was also a member of DBA, Royal Society of Medicine, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons, G.D.P.A., British Dental Health Foundation, SAAD, Smile on Com, Dentplan and Medical Protection Society.
Trend of “Free Dental Check Ups” and “Free Dental Camps” was started by Dr Rafia Khanum Malik in Pakistan.
For the last 14 years of her life she was running a “Preventive Dental Practice” successfully in Croydon, London. Her practice in England was awarded “Top 1000 Dental Surgeries” and also Gold Member of BDA.