• The Aga Khan University (AKU) clinical laboratories have introduced an automated hematology system, the first of its kind in Pakistan. The new automated equipment having a capacity to test 150 samples per hour has not only enhanced the accuracy of results but also increased the turnaround. According to Dr. Mohammad Khurshid, Professor of Hematology, initiation of advanced automated services in hematology at AKU will provide patients with rapid results of their tests and assist physicians to interpret results in light of more reliable clinical information.

  • Today 132 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty by raising a net $150,000 in the seventh annual Dallas Partnership Golf tournament at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. The Dallas Partnership Golf tournament is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. One hundred percent of all donations and net proceeds from the tournament go directly to projects supported by the AKF USA; not a cent is spent on administration.

  • Kigali Serena Hotel has received a second international Hygiene and Hospitality Excellence certificate from Societe Generale de Survellance (SGS), a company that deals in consumer testing services. The hotel was recognised for achieving high standards in food safety controls. Charles Muia, the country manager Kigali Serena said the hotel would strive to continuously improve the quality of services. “It is a true demonstration that we are taking action to improve food security and hygiene, but also shows that we are not leaving out customer care as a key aspect of this business,” Muia said.

  • Participants of school parliaments of Osh and Naryn oblasts met with members of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. Participants of the school parliaments had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss perspectives of the further development of school parliament in the Kyrgyz Republic. Representatives of donor organizations also took part in the event.

  • Fatima and her mother are the first participants in the Aga Khan University Hospitals (AKUH) new kidney transplant program aiming to deliver a service of the highest quality in the private health sector, whilst taking care of patients in need. In Pakistan more than 15,000 new cases of chronic kidney disease are diagnosed each year and the two major causes are diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Early diagnosis and careful treatment can help the disease from getting worse.