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  • The Aga Khan University Hospital-Karachi inaugurated its newly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unittoday with the support of English Biscuits Manufacturers Limited. The expanded NICU will offer emergency, inpatient, and intensive care treatments for babies born early, providing the best possible specialised care to its neonate patients.

  • Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

    February 3, 2015 - Standard Digital

    Starting in the 1990s when the first hospice was set up, palliative care in Kenya has grown over the years. Now there are 45 hospital based palliative care facilities and hospices. Today, Kenya has the first palliative medicine specialist in the history of the nation, Dr John Weru, who is also the leader of the palliative care team at the Aga Khan University Hospital. "I grew more excited about palliative medicine. I came to realise it was an area I would find rewarding and enjoyable if I got good at it over time," says Dr Weru.

  • The Ministry of Health jointly with the Aga Khan Foundation will undertake development healthcare in regions of Kyrgyzstan. Minister Talanbek Batyraliev met with AKF Representative Dr. Gijs Walraven. "Being one of the few international organizations operating in the remote mountainous regions of the country, the Aga Khan Foundation acts as an independent, long-term and reliable partner of Kyrgyzstan," said Dr. Walraven. 

  • A new planning and design guide for public areas will be used by the state government in deciding whether to approve or reject future proposed developments, Malaysian Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said. The guide was first prepared based on a recommendation by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is famous for its heritage conservation work in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and Europe. Care for Penang's heritage areas and their renewal will also be managed between the AKTC and Think City, the organisation that manages the George Town Grants Programme.

  • Development Through Empowerment: the AKDN Way

    February 2, 2015 - Business Recorder

    Hafiz Sherali, Chair of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, sat down with Business Recorder to discuss Aga Khan Development Network's (AKDN) Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, Pakistan. "We see WASEP as transforming societies and generations to come," says Sherali, citing long term goals as access to safe drinking water and an overall improved quality of life for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. 

  • Aga Khan University-Karachi has embarked upon a mission to expand its research on mother and child issues in support of national health policy and to strengthen the capacity of local, on-the-ground health care practitioners. AKU officials said a state-of-the-art Research and Training Center is being constructed in Matiari with the motive to become the hub of the Universityís research and training into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of some of todayís major mother and child problems in Pakistan.

  • The Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) has benefited over 210,000 people in 12,000 households in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The collaboration of the German government and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has not only helped improved lives by providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, but also benefited people through the installation of over 10,000 latrines, around 12,000 household tap stands and over 500 communal taps.

  • Aga Khan Foundation Partners with ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

    January 28, 2015 - India Education Diary

    The Aga Khan Foundation will support several sessions at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as part of programmes to promote reading, education, development, and pluralism in India. These programs include a musical performance on opening night by the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.

  • A policy dialogue titled ‘Transforming Pedagogies: Emerging Contexts and Texts of Teaching Learning’ was hosted by the Aga Khan University's Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) in Karimabad, Pakistan. Moderator and AKU-IED associate professor Dilshad Ashraf initiated the dialogue stating that education is an important means for normalizing life in disaster-struck areas.

  • Life Insurers Queue up to Partner DCB to Sell its Products

    January 22, 2015 - Business Standard

    Life insurance companies are approaching DCB Bank for a bancassurance tie-up. A bancassurance tie-up helps insurance companies sell products through bank branches. This gives them access to the entire customer-base of the bank, to which insurance products can be sold. Many private and public sector banks either have joint venture agreements or are corporate agents of insurance companies. 

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