Globally, at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Every year, 150 million people suffer financial catastrophe due to out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure. Seventy percent of all deaths globally are a result of non-communicable diseases. Approximately 663 million people living in marginalised, resource-poor geographies still rely on unclean, unimproved water sources. Especially troubling is the 1.3 million adolescent deaths that occur annually, most of which could be prevented.
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 the optimisation of health and well-being and allow people to reach their full potential. This means improving the nutritional status of women, new-borns, adolescents and children, improving access to and the utilisation of integrated healthcare services, and improving adolescent health and well-being.