In Tanzania, health experts and stakeholders have called for more coordinated efforts to ensure that infants are exclusively breastfed in their first six months after birth. A pediatrician and breastfeeding specialist from the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Dr Mariam Noorani, highlighted several challenges that thwart exclusive breastfeeding in the country. "There is widespread knowledge about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and most mothers would wish to exclusively breastfeed. However, there are many challenges that families face that may result in the baby not being able to complete exclusive breastfeeding," she noted.
On 24 November, His Highness reaffirmed his enduring commitment to a peaceful and pluralistic Afghanistan. In a statement delivered at the virtually held 2020 Afghanistan Conference, His Highness noted that as the country entered into a new period of transition, it would need the contribution of all of its people to address their common challenges: rising poverty, climate disruption, an unforgiving pandemic. "It will need all their talents to build an inclusive future with more opportunities, requiring more education, more knowledge, more private initiative. In these endeavors, AKDN is, and will remain, a steadfast partner, said His Highness, emphasizing that AKDN will maintain the breadth of its work in all sectors from education, healthcare and cultural restoration, as well as in economic development.
The Aga Khan Master Musicians, a six-person ensemble brought together by the Aga Khan Music Programme to explore how musical innovation can contribute to the revitalisation of cultural heritage, made its North American debut last week in three specially-produced concert films commissioned and broadcast by prestigious arts presenters: Hopkins Centre for the Arts at Dartmouth College (10 November), the Aga Khan Museum (13 November), and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Asian Art (14 November). Originally scheduled as live events, the concerts were moved online after the pandemic shut down concert halls around the world.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the climax of the World Prematurity Day, CEO of the Aga Khan Hospital, Sisawo Konteh, said that it was time now for the government, health stakeholders and donors to think about a strong system to support the babies. He said that ensuring the survival of preterm babies and their mothers requires sustained and significant financial and practical support. "Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second-leading cause of death after pneumonia in children under the age of 5. Let us change the future for millions of babies born too soon, for their mothers and families."
Proclaimed by Unesco in 2019, 18 November marks the inaugural International Day of Islamic Art to commemorate past and present artistic expressions of Islam and celebrate the contribution of Islamic art to artistic movements and culture around the world. The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in the western world dedicated to Islamic art and objects. Its collection features rare manuscripts of diverse artistic styles and materials embodying more than 10 centuries of human history. Among the most prized items in the collection is the earliest known copy of Ibn Sina’s Qanun fil-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine), which dates back to 1052, as well as a page from the famous 9th-century Blue Quran.