As we mark International Day of the Midwife today, read about Professor Rafat Jan, Associate Dean of the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery outreach and policy unit in Karachi. She has devoted her career to raising standards in midwifery practice and education, advocating for greater career opportunities for midwives and highlighting that all women have the right to access competent and professional midwifery care in order to ensure that they and their babies thrive
Fawad Akbari: Primary health care and the COVID-19 pandemic
Fawad Akbari, Senior Health Programme Manager at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, writes about the central role of community health workers and primary healthcare facilities in fighting COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries and ensuring optimised care for all.
AKDN interview with Gijs Walraven, AKDN Director for Health
Gijs Walraven, Director for Health of the Aga Khan Development Network, speaks about the pandemic – how the Network has been responding since the outbreak, the impact it has had on people with non-communicable diseases, what efforts are in place to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for vulnerable populations – and beyond the pandemic, what the Network is doing to create well-functioning health systems that place primary health care at the centre of efforts to attain “health for all”.
Luciano Torriani: Academy student creates inexpensive electricity supply and water purification system
Luciano Torriani, a Year 10 student at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, invented a cost-effective electricity supply and water purification system that is enhancing the quality of life for rural communities living in the coastal province of Kwale County, Kenya.
AKDN interview with Luis Monreal: Culture as a catalyst for development
Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, speaks about culture as a springboard for improvements in the overall quality of life “in decades and in generations to come”, and how “cultural heritage can – and should – be a component of a package of humanitarian relief measures”.