Tanzanians can now easily and safely evaluate Covid-19 symptoms with an in-home screening tool, thanks to a new initiative by the Aga Khan Health Services and the Aga Khan University. The two organisations have launched a new mobile app for android and iPhone that allows people to evaluate Covid-19 symptoms with an in-home screening tool - and, thus, help them to understand the next steps in looking after their well-being. Simply named CoronaCheck, the app can be downloaded free of cost.
In Tajikistan, when the 2015 earthquake hit and another disaster threatened the village Basid, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture and US-based architectural practice KVA (Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd) reportedly swung into action, collaborating on employing technology and innovation to design a pathway for possible relocation of the village. The methodology for the project drew on AKAH’s time-tested Habitat Planning Framework, including 3D drone imagery, in its community-based design approach, which identifies relocation and design alternatives that provide secure settlements for residents.
To respond to the socio-economic risks arising from the spread of the coronavirus in the region, fodder seeds and fertilizers as well as individual protection materials were provided to farmers and veterinarians in Naryn Oblast of the Kyrgyz Republic. This humanitarian aid was transferred as part of the project "Emergency support to the livestock sector in Naryn and At-Bashy districts of Naryn oblast" supported by the Government of Switzerland and the Aga Khan Foundation in the Kyrgyz Republic.
In Nairobi, inpatients, surgical and day surgery patients at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) will now be tested for coronavirus for free. AKUH said that the initiative is a safety measure for the patients and the staff at the hospital. AKUH is among the 20 laboratories approved by the government to carry out the virus test and has so far tested 1,084 samples since it was approved by the Ministry of Health. AKUH said that it has put in place a number of safety measures to keep its clients and staff safe during this pandemic period.
Restoring monuments and parks are all in a day’s work for Ratish Nanda, CEO of Aga Khan Trust for Culture India. He is responsible for some of the most fascinating restorations in the country and abroad. In a city as populated as Delhi, there is a certain charm in rediscovering open spaces as it is a sensorial treat. One of the newest hot spots in Delhi, the Sunder Nursery, a 16th-century heritage park, spread over 90 acres and dotted with water bodies, splendid monuments, and greenery, promises to be just that. It is popular place for people from all walks of life and has already found a place in Time Magazine’s widely recommended, "The World's 100 Greatest Places to Visit list."