In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCA distributed food and medical supplies to 500 families identified by the Mayor’s office in the vulnerable category in Naryn (Kyrgyzstan). This includes masks, hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap, flour, pasta and cooking oil. This donation was made possible through a partnership between the University of Central Asia, the Aga Khan Development Network, the Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyzstan, and the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB).
Pakistan's youth is coming up with quick and useful strategies to tackle COVID-19, including setting up helplines, collecting protective equipment for medical staff and innovating for ventilators. Student Taskforce Against Covid-19 (Stac-19) was started by final year medical students at the Aga Khan University Hospital. The taskforce runs a helpline and is also helping the Pakistan Medical Association in identifying volunteers to help out at Karachi's Expo Centre isolation ward.
On 9 March in Hyderabad, the US Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster, unveiled the refurbished Qutb Shahi Tombs restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said that it was very important to restore the cultural heritage of India. He added it was his third visit to the tombs and was delightful to see these tombs restored successfully.
On 7 March in Kabul, the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) held its fifth graduation ceremony of the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Programme. Twelve specialists including 10 male and 2 female doctors were awarded certificates in seven specialisations. Ambassador Sheherazade Hirji, AKDN Diplomatic Representative to Afghanistan, said that FMIC’s PGME is a flagship programme developed in partnership with the Aga Khan University and the Ministry of Public Health that brought cutting-edge skills and knowledge in Afghanistan through its blended programme.