Mauritius High Commissioner to India.
‘Suhra’, Kodungookaran House
Valappad, Edamuttam P.O.
Office: 0480 2835100 / 200
Youngest son of Kodungookaran Mohamed and Paruppana Fathima, Noordeen was born on 14th day of October, 1951 in Chentrappinni village in Thrissur district. He attended schools at Edamuttam and Chentrappinni and was a student of Christ College in Irinjalakuda and Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur. In Mumbai he studied Cost and Works (AICWA). But before completing it he went to Dubai and took up an employment there.
Noordeen’s elder sister Suhra was a heart patient. Suhra spent several months in CMC Vellore and Jubilee Mission Hospital Thrissur. While his sister was admitted in hospital, Noordeen stayed with her for many days which gave him first hand knowledge about human suffering. He was just 15 years old when Suhra finally lost her prolonged battle for life in March 1967 Sister’s illness and death brought about a major change in the Noordeen’s outlook. He started diverting his attention from studies to the problems confronted by those around him and beyond. He was drawn into various agitations as a student leader. People started looking at him for leadership and guidance even while he was a student.
In 1975 during Emergency, Noordeen developed difference of opinion with the political group he was working with and left the state.
Noordeen started his career in United Arab Emirates Bandag, a Galadari Group Company in the year 1977 as Sales Officer. In 1980 he was promoted as Sales Manager. In 1983 he became the youngest General Manager in the group. In 1987 Noordeen quit his job to establish Ocean Group, a manufacturer of engineering products using rubber and steel materials.
In 1980 Mr. Noordeen married Ms. Thahira, a native of Ashtamichira in Thrissur. The couple has two sons: Faisal and Firoz. Faisal is currently Deputy General Manager of Ocean Group, after doing B.E. Mechanical Engineering from University College London and M.Sc. Polymer Technology from University of Manchester. Firoz is currently working in Royal Bank of Scotland in London after graduating from London School of Economics.
Alpha Charitable Trust was established in 1994 by Mr. Noordeen and his wife Mrs. Thahira Noordeen as trustees with the objective of improving quality of life of human beings in distress without discrimination with regard to caste, creed or religion.
K.M. Noordeen is the chairman of Alpha Palliative Care, one of India’s largest Palliative Home care provider. Alpha Palliative Care commenced operation in May 2005. Since then, 2 Hospices where started providing 24 hour services to patients with life limiting diseases in 4 districts of Kerala and 16 Link centers at block panchayath levels.
Hospices have facilities to treat In- Patients whereas Link Centres primarily provide services to patients during the day time. The Link Centres have been set up at the block panchayath level to provide better, effective and timely care. It is proposed to cover all152 block panchayaths in Kerala with hospices working 24 hours in every district by the year 2020.
To date more than 17,000 patients have registered for Palliative Care with Alpha. The treatment is provided free of cost including medicines. A group of well known businessmen have joined Alpha as Patrons and Directors to support these activities.
Alpha Palliative Care provides Palliative Care (PC) for patients with life-limiting diseases and Long Term Care (LTC) for bedridden patients. While a team of medical experts gives treatment for the physical problems, specially trained community volunteers offer community based care. They look into financial, social, spiritual and emotional aspects of the patients and their families. The community based care is continued even after the death of the patient Rehabilitation of the patient and the family is a major challenge faced by Alpha Palliative Care. This becomes all the more important when the patient is the sole earning member of the family. Alpha offers Alpha Sakti Projects like scholarships, self employment through Self Help Groups, Monthly Pension Scheme, Alpha Homes for homeless and Alpha Care Home for those who do not have anyone to take care of them. Support is also provided to the children of the patients with regard to wedding of their daughters, education and vocational training at Alpha Industrial Training Institute, which is NCVT approved.
Noordeen believes that freedom from pain and distress is a fundamental human right. The society should come together to support and strengthen the less privileged as a duty, and not as an option. Any society that does so, promotes the blossoming of mutual love, respect and understanding.
One of Noordeen’s pet project which he is working on at present is providing low cost health care to all needy patients, especially from the lower economic strata of the society who he found almost penniless in a number of cases, having spent all their life-long savings and other possessions in the treatment of diseases. He would like to title this initiative as ‘Nammude Arogyam’, which essentially means health care for all at no cost.