Read this story by Lee Hilling, Chairman of the Board at the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) in Kabul, about FMIC’s work and his thoughts about how it “may well be Afghanistan’s most successful humanitarian reconstruction programme”.
Aisha Sethi: An Aga Khan University alumnus works for global health
Aisha: “One of the major lessons that I learned from AKU is that you train the community, not the individual. AKU teaches you to respect your patients and their community, and pay attention to culture before intervening with any healthcare intervention, and that is key.”
A lift irrigation society ensures access to water in Gujarat
Despite initial worries about large loan repayments, thanks to wise leadership and a habit of all members meeting every month, the loan was paid back in half the required time. Since 1998, when AKRSP(I)’s field visits ended, the LIS has been managing itself.
Shanti Devi talking about the impact of toilets on her community
In 2015, Shanti Devi constructed a toilet for her family of eight. Prior to that, she – like most of her neighbours in Muzaffarpur (Bihar, India) – had never had access to a toilet in her life. Since then, Shanti has made it her mission to help other families to understand the importance of safe sanitation and the way to go about building affordable toilets for themselves.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s Water and Sanitation Extension Programme: Closing the gap in the remotest areas of the world