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  • 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.

  • Serena Receives Food Safety Certificate

    April 6, 2014 - The New Times, Samson Kasasira

    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.

  • AKUH Starts Kidney Transplant Program

    April 4, 2014 - Daily Times

    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.

  • Let Me Down Easy

    April 4, 2014 - Foreign Policy, Anja Manuel and Justine Isola

    As aid budgets to Afghanistan understandably decline, the United States will have to ensure that its limited dollars are spent wisely and that oversight continues. By focusing on high-impact, low-cost projects like the National Solidarity Program, which provides small grants to local governments so that they can implement development projects of their choosing, the United States can continue to have a large impact on rural communities. Measures to encourage increased foreign investment will also help.

  • A Poet of the Masses

    April 3, 2014 - Live Mint

    The dastan, scripted by Chadha as part of a project supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is based on a nine-month-long research. The lack of any performance paraphernalia is sure to intrigue a first-time viewer of the world of dastangoi. There are no props, no entries or exits, no proscenium, no moving around the stage. It’s only words and gestures that keep the audience engaged for the entire duration. The narrative aims to acquaint audiences with the relatively less accessible littérateur, whose poetry is more popular as qawwali.

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the continuing commitment by businesses to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of their workforce and families as well as those of their surrounding communities. Winners include the Serena Hotels (best in environmental protection), Inyange Industries (innovations), Bank of Kigali (best company in marketplace) and Bralirwa (best in poverty eradication).

  • On the Slopes in Afghanistan

    April 3, 2014 - Newsweek, Paula Froelich

    Bamiyan is to Afghanistan what Kurdistan is to Iraq. Home to the Hazara minority, the town offers respite from the tension in the rest of the country. One sign of repose is the new-found recreation of skiing—embodied by the Bamiyan Ski Club and its flagship program, the annual Afghan Ski Challenge. "In 2009, the Aga Khan was looking into developing a ski project," says Ian MacWilliam, a former communications officer for the Aga Khan Development Network.

  • New Telecoms Challenge

    March 29, 2014 - The Independent, Julius Businge

    Smart Telecom, owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), is the newest entrant in Uganda’s telecommunications industry, having bought off Sure Telecom’s license. For now, the network is limited to Kampala, though officials say they are rolling out to the rest of the country. Read the full article in The Independent here.

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