A 20-bed emergency response centre for Covid-19 patients, established by the Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan (AKHS,P), was recently inaugurated in Mastuj, Upper Chitral. In addition, to supplement existing services in Upper and Lower Chitral, AKHS,P’s facilities have been further strengthened to facilitate Covid-19 patients at both the primary and the secondary levels. The Aga Khan University Hospital and global health experts have also provided training to AKHS,P clinical personnel on various aspects of Covid-19 related treatment.
Portuguese electric utilities company (EDP) will sponsor eight sustainable and renewable energy projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Nigeria to promote access to clean energy in particularly remote and underprivileged areas and to help tackle energy poverty in that region. EDP selected partners to work with; the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) was chosen for Tanzania. AKF proposed the creation of the Mwanza Solar Switch, a 39.6 kWp solar system for the Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania, and eight solar water heating devices. The goal is to avoid the frequent power outages, cut on the electricity bill, and replace the diesel consumption of backup generators.
On 13 July, the Aga Khan Museum (AKM), in partnership with the Toronto Star, will take readers on a live tour of the thought-provoking "Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From" exhibition presented by its co-curator Marianne Fenton. This exhibition is a recent partnership between AKM and the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures and communities.
In Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) is dedicated to the development of pre-primary education for all children. The Early Childhood Development programme at AKL currently enrolls over 80 children of ages 3 to 5 years, in a half-day programme. It focuses on best (researched) practices to nurture a caring and stimulating environment for children of pre-primary age, including supporting the use of mother tongue, as well as, Tajik and English languages.
To explore new developments, the University of Central Asia recently held an online Conference on "Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies: Safeguarding Digital Transformation in the Age of Covid-19". It provided a platform to raise awareness about digital resilience, and shared views from an international panel of cyber security experts. The conference also discussed action plans for the government and other stakeholders to better manage crisis situations such as the Covid-19 pandemic.