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Health Activities in India

In India, AKHS has focused on the promotion of effective and sustainable health care for underserved populations, with special attention given to women and children in specific regions in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.With 325 health facilities, including nine hospitals and a number of community health programmes in large geographical areas in Central and South Asia and East Africa, the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is one of the most comprehensive private not-for-profit healthcare systems in the developing world.

In India, AKHS has focused on the promotion of effective and sustainable health care for underserved populations, with special attention given to women and children, in specific regions in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

In recent years, its role has evolved from being a healthcare provider to that of a facilitator. Increasingly, it works through linkages with Government and the private sector.
AKHS’s recent programmes have targeted the health problems of mothers, youth and infants.

Reproductive and Child Health

Mother NGO: Under the Reproductive and Child Health II scheme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), AKHS is working with nearly 30,000 unserved or underserved people in nine villages of Kodinar Block. AKHS works to build the capacity of three field NGOs, through trainings, workshops, resource mobilisation and technical support to improve the maternal and child health status in the community at large. Efforts focus on increasing immunisation, the coverage of complete ante-natal care and institutional deliveries among pregnant women, increasing the spacing between children, increasing acceptance of family planning methods and promoting male participation.

Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices

Maitreya Project: AKHS is implementing the Maitreya Project (with World Bank support), which works to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices related to infant and young child feeding. The aim is to ensure that children receive adequate nutrition as part of their attainment of good health status. The project started in January 2010 in seven villages of Maliya Block, Junagadh District, Gujarat.

Health of Youth and Young Adults

School Health Education Programme: The Programme aims to educate children on health through participatory, student-centred methods. The project has been successfully conducted in 25 Anjuman Islam Trust schools and in Gauri Dutt Mittal High School. The programme has 19 Regional Education Centres (RECs) in Northern Saurashtra and Southern India.

AKDN promotes initiatives such as female literacy, health promotion and community-based water supplies and sanitation.Community Health Awareness and Action Promoted by Young Adults (CHAAYA): The CHAAYA programme provided solutions for the reduction of child mortality and improvements in maternal health. The programme was implemented by AKHS from 2005 to 2010 in 83 villages of Junagadh District in the state of Gujarat. It reached nearly 150,000 women of reproductive age and children. The programme mobilised communities and other stakeholders by forming over 100 health action groups, community health promoters and village health committees.

The impact of these programmes included full immunisation coverage of children, a substantial increase in institutional deliveries, an increase in the number of regular ante-natal care visits, better understanding of newborn childcare, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices among mothers, improved community understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices and higher use of contraceptives among married women in the project area.

Prince Aly Khan Hospital

Established in 1945, Prince Aly Khan Hospital is a 162-bed multi-specialty acute care hospital in Mumbai. The ISO-certified hospital is best known for its services in oncology and cardiovascular diseases, and renowned as a referral centre regionally and internationally.

The hospital is equipped with an operating complex, oncology department, cardiology department, 24-hour emergency service and a day surgery unit. It has sophisticated intensive care, renal dialysis, neonatal, paediatric and general intensive care units, a centre for gastrointestinal diseases and a host of other facilities. Outpatient services, including fee visits for the poor, are provided.

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