Professor Rashid Bhikha
Professor Bhikha was the founder and CEO of Betabs Pharmaceuticals. His major commitment is to support affordable health care in South Africa. Professor Bhikha was awarded the 2008 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy.
Bhikha has engaged with healthcare affordability by searching, finding, proposing and implementing alternative approaches to primary healthcare. He has established and funds the Ibn Tibb Institute, South Africa’s home of Tibb Medicine.
The Ibn Institute of Tibb, an NPO founded by the Bhikha Family Trust, absorbs the loss at which these clinics run and which totals approximately R600 000 per annum. Prof Bikha established 2 community clinics - one in Langa and the other in Manenberg – which also provide University of Western Cape’s Unani–Tibb students with practical training opportunities.
In July 2008, Bhikha launched a R1 million community clinic at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children. Bhikha is engaged in a range of other support initiatives directed at promoting good health and quality of life.