Six Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres that were launched in Tajikistan last year under the support of AKDN now successfully function in the country. An official source at the Ministry of Education and Science said the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) had made a noticeable contribution fort the creation of decent conditions for early development of children in the country and added that 283 preschool children’s development centres had been established at the general educational institutions in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region in collaboration with AKF and 482 teachers were engaged in educating and raising more than 6,500 children at these centres. The Ministry of Education and Science emphasised that it would continue collaborating with AKDN on supporting early childhood development.
A presentation of the project "Critical Infrastructure to Contribute to Stability and Peace" was held in Khorog last month to the GBAO Governor and a Delegation of the European Union. The project, funded by the European Union, is implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in close partnership with the local Government. Implemented over the period of 18 months, the project aims to foster peace and stability in Khorog by improving highly demanded public infrastructure and services, strengthening confidence in local authorities, and generating temporary employment opportunities through construction work.
The Revitalisation of Muharraq, a series of restoration and reuse projects that highlight the World Heritage site's pearling history, was recently celebrated at a ceremony under the presence and patronage of His Excelency Sheikh Khaled Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The project evolved into a comprehensive programme that aimed to re-balance the city's demographic makeup by creating public spaces, providing community and cultural venues, and improving the overall environment.
“The Health and Health Related SDGs: Current Status and Opportunities in Pakistan” event is the third such meeting of policymakers and development experts organized by AKU which seeks to develop integrated, comprehensive plans to help Pakistan meet its development priorities. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of National Health Services, Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Foundation-Canada, the University of Toronto, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. In his opening remarks, Prof. Zulfiqar A Bhutta, founding director of AKU’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, noted that Pakistan has another decade to achieve targets under the SDGs. “The SDGs are inter-related and span the economic, social and environmental spheres,” said Prof. Bhutta. “Achieving targets under the health-related SDGs and addressing our malnutrition crisis requires attention to be paid to other important sectors such as agriculture, water and sanitation, female empowerment and education – especially that of girls – as well as other areas that influence the country’s health sector.”
The Tanzanian government and two partners, the Aga Khan Health Services and the French Development Agency, last year signed a 13.3 million Euros (about 14.8 million U.S. dollars) grant agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve cancer care in the East African nation. The funding will be run by the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP), an innovative public-private project aimed at enhancing cancer care in Tanzania. Under this funding, the French Development Agency will release a grant to the tune of 10 million Euros and 3.3 million Euros will be contributed by the Geneva-based Aga Khan Health Services, which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).