Researchers at the Aga Khan University’s Medical College East Africa have secured a new grant to investigate the body’s immune response to Covid-19. Researchers will investigate the presence of antibodies, which fight diseases such as Covid-19, in patients and explore how these antibodies evolve over time in 100 Covid-19 patients: 50 of whom have symptoms and another 50 who are asymptomatic.
As the Pakistani government announced the reopening of schools in September, parents’ anxiety about children getting infected with Covid-19 took a sharp hike. Parents, guardians and even teachers fear that it may be too soon to reopen schools after they were shut in the early days of the pandemic. Experts from the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Children’s Hospital connected to the audience through a Facebook Live Session on 11 September to address safety and precautionary guidelines and other frequently asked questions.
On 24 September, the Aga Khan Museum’s annual gala will be presented as a free-to-attend online celebration. The event will include a broadcast from the Aga Khan Museum, opening remarks by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, 15 leading artists and speakers, three talks on the future of art in a changing world and four breathtaking performances. Music and dance performances by local artists will be part of the programme under the theme of, "Lighting the Way: The Museum as a Cultural Sanctuary."
Professor Temmerman, Chair at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director of the East Africa Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, and Dr Kinuthia, consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, write that sometimes during the last stages of pregnancy, some mothers may find that a baby is yet to turn head-down causing panic and confusion. Commonly referred to as breech birth presentation, this occurs in about 3 to 4% of pregnancies at the time of delivery. Breech presentation is primarily a chance occurrence but in up to 15% of cases, it may be due to foetal, maternal or placental abnormalities.
Marina Tabassum, a Bangladeshi architect, has been named as third of the honourees for the world's top 50 thinkers' 2020 list. She also won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for designing the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka which is made of terracotta brick. The design of the mosque represents the historic Sultanate era. This mosque along with her lightweight houses are all built on a raised platform, which is effective against the frequent flooding in Bangladesh.