Despite unprecedented advances in global health, citizens of the developing world continue to suffer from lack of access to high-quality, dependable medical treatment and the spread of preventable diseases. AKFC supports a broad range of health initiatives that enhance healthcare institutions and services, train and equip professionals with the skills to provide better quality care, and improve the health of both women and men – with special attention to maternal and child health.
Every child is born with potential… but as children grow, they need the right support and care to make the most of their future. This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating dads around the world who are boosting their children to new heights.
When Mavjuda required an ear exam, she paid a visit to Dr. Akmal Abdulmajidov in the small town of Khorog, Tajikistan. If it hadn’t been for the clinic’s eHealth system, Mavjuda could not have received the care she needed. The otoscope used to examine her ear was plugged into the system, and Dr. Abdulmajidov was able to connect and communicate with an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at the Kabul French Medical Institute for Children, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
East Africa is facing a growing threat: By 2030, cardiovascular diseases are expected to surpass infectious diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death in the region.
Cardiovascular disease is on the rise among the region’s young, working population, and the demand for specialists and treatment is far outweighing the supply.
Four years ago, Laya Hoor took a walk through the village of Ghulmet, on the banks of the Hunza River. The craggy peaks of northern Pakistan’s mountain ranges rose around her on all sides, so high that they skimmed the clouds drifting by.
But Laya wasn’t walking to stretch her legs and take in the scenery. She was traveling on foot to visit her local health worker – in labour with her first child.
Earlier this month, Deborah Lyons, Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to Afghanistan, met with Governor Tahir Zohair and local officials in the province of Bamyan in northern Afghanistan.
Together they discussed development projects in the province, and reaffirmed their commitment to the construction of Bamyan Provincial Hospital.
It’s a simple bond between atoms – two hydrogen, one oxygen. It covers almost three-quarters of the world’s surface. And it’s essential to all living things on the planet.
March 22 marks World Water Day. Most Canadians use water every day without thinking twice: to quench thirst, prepare meals, and bathe. But in the developing world – where clean, safe water can be scarce – these simple daily routines put lives at risk.
Najia knows that death is always lurking close to the town of Ishkashim, in the rural north of Afghanistan. She trained for two years to prevent tragedy before it strikes. Her weapons are always close by. And she is proud to be on the frontlines of the fight. But Najia isn’t struggling against an insurgent group or natural disaster. She’s armed with a stethoscope and medical charts.
Every child is born with potential. But high rates of poverty, a lack of learning opportunities, poor health, and malnutrition are major barriers to children reaching their full potential. Together, we can build a strong foundation for the next generation by investing in healthcare.
In Canada, we have the building blocks of good health: nutritious food, clean water, sanitary living conditions, and access to medical care. Around the world, many women and children aspire to the same opportunities for a healthy life. But there are challenges: families often lack the money, time, knowledge, and services they need to stay healthy. Tackling these challenges sounds like a big job, but success is possible.
Health is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty. However, millions of women and children in the developing world still don’t have access to the information and care they need to be healthy. Together, we can help families get the information and care they need to live a better life.
Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) are working together to improve the health of women and children in Northern Afghanistan, where maternal and child mortality rates are amongst the highest in the world.
AKFC is delighted to launch the AKFC Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health, hosted in partnership with the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH). This 5-part series of events will explore approaches and strategies designed to strengthen health care in developing countries, with a particular focus on maternal and child health.
AKFC, in collaboration with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) held the 2013 University Seminar Series: Saving a Generation: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in the Developing World, October 20 – November 8, 2013.
AKFC is pleased to announce that our work to improve lives in remote regions of Afghanistan will be profiled through a partnership with The Globe and Mail. Learn how AKFC, working with Global Affairs Canada and our partners on the ground, is implementing practical, long-term solutions that are improving health, creating economic opportunity and ensuring financial independence for millions of Afghans.
The architecture of a person's brain begins at conception, and is formed by the time a child reaches the age of six. Access to a nurturing environment, stimulation of the mind, and good nutrition throughout fetal development and childhood, shape how an individual is able to learn and respond to future challenges.
This report is part of an occasional series that distills learning and highlights resources around specific development issues.