Patrick Ndegwa, Seacom East Africa Business Sales Lead, writes that the agricultural sector makes up roughly 31.5 percent of Kenya’s GDP and employs 38 percent of Kenya’s total population. For 70 percent of rural Kenyans, agriculture provides their main source of income, which makes it a sector of the economy that shouldn’t be overlooked. Agricultural businesses face many challenges, including short shelf lives, inconsistent product quality, and lack of access to knowledge or financial resources. Emerging digital technologies can provide solutions and might be the answer to improved productivity, profitability, and resilience to climate change. Connectivity is the backbone of digital transformation and as it continues to improve across Africa, so will farmers’ access to innovation.
Pakistan is one of the five countries facing the largest deficit of nurses, with the World Health Organisation also calling on the country to take steps to double its nursing workforce. This target could be achieved by giving a dignified status to the profession in society, making it safe, diversified and financially sound which could attract women to it in large numbers. These points were raised by speakers at a seminar recently organised at the Aga Khan University in connection with the International Day of Nurses and Midwives.
In Pakistan, a mobile application, called mPareshan, will help mentally distressed people seek immediate help. Through this app the Lady Health Workers in the Badin province will provide mental health services at the doorstep of communities as part of a pilot study launched by researchers from the Aga Khan University (AKU). The study, which has been endorsed by the Sindh government, is being conducted by faculty at the AKU department of community health sciences in collaboration with the AKU Brain and Mind Institute.
In Pakistan, women health workers in Badin will provide mental health services at the doorstep of communities as part of a pilot study launched by the Aga Khan University (AKU)’s researchers. Badin district has the second-highest suicide rate in the province. Access to mental healthcare is a major challenge for people in rural parts of the district and treatment is often avoided due to the stigma attached to the condition. The first phase of the study will involve cases of anxiety and depression being identified through a survey of households in Badin.
On 5 May, a webinar will be held on the 2017-2019 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). Ecological resiliency/recovery is one of the three dominant themes that emerged, and which define, the winners of the 2017-2019 cycle. More than ever, the conventional practice of architecture faces a crisis of relevance. The panel will explore themes of innovative sustainable design, positive environmental legacy of buildings, and how best practices from the 2019 AKAA winners can be applied to a local context.