From 2016 to 2021 the Aga Khan Foundation, in collaboration with local governments and communities and with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, undertook a project dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children under five in Kenya, Mali, Mozambique and Pakistan. The US$ 24 million project – Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS) – reached 1.7 million people, 60 percent of them women and girls.
Some key results:
- +400,000 women and girls gained access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including skilled health workers present during childbirth.
- +3,400 healthcare workers increased their skills and knowledge — 80 percent of them women.
- +60 health facilities delivering higher quality, more gender-responsive care.
- Twice as many children under five receiving essential health services, including key vaccinations.
- +80,000 men reached with messaging about their role as partners and parents in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.
This video was filmed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.