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  • Maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Mieze, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • School supported under the AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative, Kukras, Gujarat, India.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • The cases de santé which AKF helped to establish in Mopti, Mali have helped to dramatically reduce the incidence of maternal and newborn death.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • To reduce the high incidence of preventable deaths during childbirth among Afghan women, AKF supports Community Midwifery Education (CME) courses in Bamyan, Faizabad and Kabul
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
Health and nutrition

Globally, at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services.  Every year, more than one-third of them suffer financial catastrophe due to out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure.  Millions more living in marginalised and resource-poor geographies still rely on unclean, unimproved water sources. 

As one of AKDN’s three key agencies in health, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) harnesses its longstanding work with communities and village organisations to enable people – particularly those living in geographically remote areas – to optimise their health and well-being, and reach their full potential.

It seeks to achieve sustainable improvements in health and nutritional status amongst vulnerable groups, especially women of childbearing age, adolescents and children under five.  Its goal is to improve access and utilisation of integrated healthcare services, while enabling communities to adopt effective health practices.  Worldwide, AKF supports health and nutrition services that reach over 800,000 people.