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  • Paediatric services at the Bamyan Hospital, Afghanistan, operated by the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) since 2004. On 17 February 2019, AKHS expanded its management of healthcare facilities in the Bamyan and Badakhshan provinces as part of the Sehatmandi Project, whose objective is to increase the utilisation and quality of health, nutrition and family planning services in Afghanistan.
    AKDN / Kiana Hayeri
  • The Aga Khan Medical Centre, Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Since 2004, AKDN has trained over 430 midwives in the country, about 10 percent of the total. The training of midwives plays a vital role in reducing maternal mortality, which in Afghanistan has dropped from 1,600/100,000 live births in 2003 to less than 400/100,000 live births in 2015.
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
  • Family health services provided by AKHS in Badakhshan, Afghanistan.
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
  • The Aga Khan Medical Centre dispensary in Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
AKHS in Central Asia

Healthcare provision in Tajikistan has less to do with a shortage of facilities than with the need to rationalise the existing system and to improve quality. The health status of the populations in Afghanistan is poor. After more than 20 years of war, the health infrastructure by the time of AKDN’s entry in 2002 was negligible.