The list of countries where Aga Khan institutions operate features countries where life is hard, poverty is dire and more help is needed. Because of the institution’s excellent reputation, other development agencies appreciate cooperating with them. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) are important institutions. Missions include setting up clinics, hospitals, banks, universities, schools, and even programmes in agriculture, food security, economic inclusion, microfinance and the empowerment of civil society.
On 14 November, a three-day learning event started in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) to review achievements of the Central Asian Health System Strengthening (CAHSS) programme. In his welcome address, Minister of Health, Dr. Talantbek Batyraliev, said he sincerely appreciated the collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network to improve access to quality health care in the Kyrgyz Republic. Through the CAHSS programme, partner health facilities in Naryn Oblast and Bishkek were provided modern medical equipment. Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Diplomatic Representative in Kyrgyzstan mentioned this initiative reflected a shared commitment to human development in the region, in particular its remote mountain areas.
His Highness the Aga Khan received the Champion for Global Change Award in September at the UN Foundation’s Global Leadership dinner in New York. He was honoured in October by the Asia Society for his pioneering and charismatic service to humanity. His Highness the Aga Khan is a towering personality and volumes can be written about him and his foundation’s humanitarian services and socio-economic development efforts spanning all corners of the globe.
Medical students from Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC), along with HOD Dr Ashraf and Assistant Professor Dr. Sana Adiba, went to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)Karachi for a simulation workshop by Centre of Innovation in Medical Education (CIME). The purpose of the simulation workshop was to make the students familiar with the latest medical technologies being used to assist the diagnosis and treatment of diseases: mannequins and robots. The participants concluded that it was one of the most knowledgeable, informative, and eye-opening trips, where not only students but also teachers learnt a lot. The trip acknowledged the many advancements in technology which have resulted in creating tremendous changes in the field of medicine and dentistry. By far, AKUH is the only institution that has all the new technology.
Serena Hotels hosted a star-studded evening to launch Sarangi (a music contest) and a photography competition. Both the photography competition and Sarangi are part of the hotel’s cultural diplomacy initiative which aims to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan and encourage young talents by providing them with a platform through which their efforts can reach a broader audience. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said Serena has promoted the arts and intercultural activities to inspire a culture of peace and hope. And they have used their social media to introduce the two competitions and have received a tremendous response from all over Pakistan.