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.
At the renowned Aga Khan Museum (AKM), people are greeted by a mesmerizing pop-up performance by musician Amin Reihani playing an Iranian santoor, a kind of hammered dulcimer. Pop-ups feature an array of music played on instruments not often heard in North America. AKM features a stunning design by architect Fumihiko Maki. Across a pond-filled courtyard sits the Ismaili Centre Toronto, a pyramid designed by architect Charles Correa. The tranquil courtyard, known as the Aga Khan Park, is the work of a third architect, Vladimir Djurovic. AKM’s mission is to foster an appreciation of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions to the world by Muslim civilisations over the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China.