Community health programs address some of the most dire global health needs
Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. supports the health work of the Aga Khan Development Network in Africa and Asia through a number of agencies active in the health sector, some of which have been operating for over 40 years: Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Health Services, Aga Khan University, and Aga Khan Planning and Building Services.
Health issues vary with each region and community and require an array of different approaches to comprehensively address and improve the health status of populations. The Foundation supports efforts to strengthen community-led health efforts, enhance health systems and improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
We place the health status and well-being of the most vulnerable members of the community, specifically women of reproductive age and young children, at the center of our health efforts. Women and children are often the most vulnerable, and the Foundation implements innovative solutions to improve child and maternal health. For example, in Pakistan where infant and maternal mortality rates are alarmingly high, an initiative supported by our Foundation is training community midwives to help rural mothers in safe birthing practices and infant care. Not only does this save newborn and improve the health of moms, but helps reduce the healthcare costs for families.
This and other health programs of the AKDN reach millions of people in some of the most remote and vulnerable areas in Asia and Africa.
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