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”.
Matt Reed: Cooperation and compassion during COVID-19 – how civil society must pave the road to recovery
One year ago, on 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Matt Reed of the Aga Khan Foundation takes stock of the past year and writes that whilst the pandemic has brought with it a host of challenges, it has also shown humanity's extraordinary capacity for resilience and cooperation, as well as underscored the vital role of civil society.