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  • Providing people with access to clean drinking water relieves them, women in particular, of the time-consuming task of water collection, and reduces the incidences of water-borne illnesses. Photo: AKF supported water system, Ghorjwin, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Mieze, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • 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
  • AKDN works to improve a community’s health by integrating behavioural change in its related programme. In Southern Tanzania, the AKF Coastal Rural Support Programme (CRSP) raises awareness amongst families about the importance of proper nutrition, especially for young children whose growth and development depend on it.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Health and nutrition

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.