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Using biomedical and mobile technologies, researchers at Aga Khan University will develop a simple, glove-like device that will allow people to check their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol, and record an ECG without blood tests. The researchers hope that by monitoring these vitals, people will be able to reduce high blood pressure, prevent diabetes, and decrease high cholesterol levels that, in turn, can prevent chances of stroke by 80 per cent.
The geography and topography of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan make them high-risk countries for natural disasters. In order to reduce the risk to these mountainous communities and increase response capacity, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) recently completed an 18-month disaster risk management project.
Every autumn, as river flows dwindle, hydro-power-dependent Tajikistan restricts power consumption. This year the rolling blackouts began November 1. Only Dushanbe and the oblast capitals are exempt from the cutback, which will be lifted sometime in the spring. The planned introduction of power meters, however, will help reduce the waste of electricity. Tajikistan can look to how Pamir Energy, a venture funded by the Aga Khan Foundation, set up automated monitoring of its Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast customers' power consumption to prevent losses.
Aga Khan School in Kenya has been nominated along with four other schools across sub-Saharan Africa as the world’s most innovative educator as part of Microsoft’s 2014 Class of Mentor Schools and Inaugural Class of Expert Educators. The four schools were chosen from over 250 global applicants in 80 countries. The one-year program recognizes visionary educators who are using technology to improve student outcomes, equip them with 21st century skills and who are paving the way for other teachers by demonstrating the effective use of technology in learning.
Aga Khan Academies are set to shift the world’s education landscape from being career-oriented to one that focuses on humanity and social development. The Aga Khan Academies in India, Kenya and Mozambique gather some of the best minds in the world to be agents of change by injecting elements such as pluralism and philanthropy into their curriculum. The academies are part of a global network of day and residential schools for exceptional students run by the renowned Aga Khan Development Network that has been involved in education for more than a century.