In Pakistan, AKF helps women establish savings groups for financing emergency healthcare.Approach
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) adopts a comprehensive systems approach to improving health and quality of life for some of society’s most vulnerable members, specifically women of reproductive age and young children.
With this focus, AKF gives priority to programs in maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition (MNCH-N), early childhood development and non-communicable diseases. Elements that extend across these programs include initiatives on human resources for health development, health promotion and disease prevention, health system strengthening, e-Health and financing. Working in difficult geographical areas, AKF provides quality care and information to health workers in settings ranging from the community level to major hospitals.
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Aga Khan Foundation USA’s (AKF USA) health portfolio focuses on improving MNCH-N, developing solutions to finance access to health services, using information technologies to improve communications among health personnel (including e-Health initiatives) and documenting impact. AKF USA partners with local government and communities, other foundations and U.S. government agencies to deliver these services to communities and build capacities of service providers. For example, in 28 isolated communities of Chitral District in northern Pakistan, AKF USA works with USAID to train local women to become certified community midwives who can provide care to their fellow villagers. The training includes classroom and practical training that strengthens their skills, confidence and connections with referral facilities, and improves their acceptance by their communities and the sustainability of their functions.
AKF USA currently supports health programs in Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique and Pakistan.
Current Programs Highlighted
Chitral Child Survival Program
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