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.
In Egypt, the Om Habibeh Foundation organised a meeting for the Business Owners Advisory Committee, within the framework of the Aswan Youth Skills Development Programme, which works in cooperation with the Aga Khan Foundation, to enhance employment prospects and enrol young men and women in the Aswan governorate into the labour market, and to develop job skills among workers in various sectors. Experiences and points of view were exchanged among all participants to identify the basic needs of the labour market in the governorate, including the training provided to young people in most disciplines and fields.
In Karachi, the Aga Khan University’s Medical College recently acquired a portable MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and made Pakistan the first country in Asia to have such a system. The machine can be wheeled directly to a patient's bedside and make imaging as simple as receiving a bedside ECG. Traditional MRIs are sometimes unsuitable for use with critically-ill patients, who are difficult to transport from the bed to radiology.