Community health programs address some of the most dire global health needs
Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) 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 enhance the impact of community-led health efforts, strengthen 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 has trained community midwives who now provide rural mothers with services for safe birth delivery and critical infant care. Not only does this save lives of newborns and moms, but it helps reduce healthcare costs for families.
This program is a good example of the many health programs in the AKDN that reach millions of people in some of the most remote and vulnerable areas in Asia and Africa.
AKF USA's Impact Investing portfolio includes a deal with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) which has provided a $30 million loan facility, alongside $7.5 million in debt from AKF USA, for an expansion at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi to improve access to health care in Pakistan. The investment includes the construction of a new private wing; neonatal, medical, and pediatric intensive care units; and a center for innovation in medical education. Read more about that project in Impact Investing.
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