Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), a programme of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), engages in crisis response and the provision of emergency humanitarian relief to communities in need, predominantly in the developing world. FOCUS aims to save lives, reduce suffering and provide support in the immediate aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.
Over the last 20 years, AKAH (through FOCUS) has responded to the emergency needs of communities who have suffered from the devastating effects of hurricanes, cyclones, avalanches, tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes and civil conflict. In addition to the large-scale crises that reach the international media, AKAH also responds to ongoing natural hazards that cause particular damage and destruction in remote mountain communities. Seasonal events such as spring flash flooding or winter avalanches in northern Afghanistan, Tajikistan or the Northern Areas of Pakistan affect hundreds of communities by cutting off vital transport and communication links and hinder access to emergency support.