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.
Tomsk State University (TSU) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) recently signed a collaboration agreement to welcome UCA's strongest bachelor’s degree graduates to Tomsk, Russia. "Now our group of bachelor’s degree graduates, who finishes next month, is looking for opportunities to study", said Professor Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector of the UCA. UCA students will enrol in graduate programmes at the Faculty of Technology Innovation and social and humanities specialties. They will also be encouraged to work on expeditions and research activities. TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky said: "we need modern approaches that have been developed in different areas in international communities and which are guided by the Aga Khan University. Therefore, I believe that our collaboration can be especially productive."
Evidence of the health sector’s significant contribution to carbon emissions is relatively new. Thus far, most of the data has been generated from wealthier countries and dependent upon the engagement of specialist sustainability consultants. At a webinar, Fawzia Rasheed, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), describes initiatives within AKHS where regular staff members are being trained to examine and respond to their carbon footprint. Interim results and emerging opportunities towards their net-zero ambitions are covered. The benefits of hands-on engagement by health professionals and their potential leadership on this agenda will be reflected upon, too. Fawzia Rasheed's video can be watched here.
In Islamabad, the climate change ministry is considering a proposal to include plantation of Moringa trees into the "Ten Billion Tree Tsunami" project that would help improve the health of malnourished mothers, children and adolescents especially in the Thar area. The Aga Khan University and the Sindh Agriculture University are also jointly promoting moringa tree plantation in the Thar area to fight malnutrition. Scientific studies proved that the moringa tree, considered to be super food, contains 92 essential nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories and 18 amino acids that help the body heal and build muscles.