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  • Aga Khan Steps Up to Fight Against Cancer, Heart Disease

    April 17, 2014 - Daily News, Natasha K'Okutangilira

    As part of the activities to mark its Golden Jubilee, the Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania will open a heart and cancer institute by June this year. Speaking to journalists recently, the hospital Medical Director, Dr. Jaffer Dharsee, said the Aga Khan Hospital has decided to bring medical services closer to the people. The centers provide essential clinical services, meeting the needs of the populations they serve while offering the care necessary for a broad spectrum of conditions.

  • Aga Khan to Open 30 Outreach Centers throughout Tanzania

    April 17, 2014 - IPP Media, Gadiosa Lamtey

    In a bid to support government efforts in improving health, the Aga Khan Health Service Tanzania (AKHST) plans to open over 30 outreach centers and as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the hospital will set up free camps for cancer screening, diabetes, blood pressure and kidney ailments. The Aga Khan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Sisawo Konteh made the announcement earlier this week when addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam. “Our aim is to help people by providing quality health services at affordable prices.

  • NMG Journalists Win International Agriculture Awards

    April 15, 2014 - Daily Monitor, Michael J Ssali

    Two Nation Media Group journalists have won awards in agriculture. The Daily Monitor’s Lominda Afedraru emerged the best science writer in the two-year- media fellowship --- Bio-sciences for Farming in Africa. Mr. Isaac Khisa of the East African emerged the best business coverage writer and he was praised for his in-depth coverage by the judges, Julia Vitullo-Martin and Sharon Schmickle --- both senior journalists based in the US.

  • Smart Telecom, which is owned by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the Kenyan-based infrastructure and industrial development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), has announced the launch of a mobile network operating subsidiary in Tanzania. The launch coincides with the introduction of a sister company, also called Smart Telecom, in neighboring Uganda, which was revealed last month.

  • Aga Khan Honored for Commitment to Architecture

    April 11, 2014 - Daily Commercial News, Paul Frank

    In November 2013, His Highness the Aga Khan was presented the 2013 RAIC Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor. The RAIC Gold Medal was established to recognize “a person of science or letters related to architecture and arts.” The selection of the Aga Khan marks the first time in more than 30 years that a non-architect has been chosen to receive the award. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

  • Extension Services to Farmers Now Go Digital

    April 10, 2014 - Daily Nation

    Extension services to farmers is going digital and will be using the Internet. Through e-Extension, this is designed to bridge the shortage of extension officers and the need to offer farmers timely and accurate information. Currently, the ratio of government extension officers to farmers is 1 to 1,200 against the expected ratio of 1:400, according to the director of extension services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mrs. Mary Kamau. The e-Extension platform will officially launched next week in Embu.

  • A conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 8-9 to explore how Central Asian countries can best meet the needs of present and future populations for adequate access to nutritious and safe foods and improve food and nutrition security.

  • Leading climate change researchers, policy making officials, and disaster response experts gathered at the Climate Change Adaptation Conference today to discuss the impact of global warming and ways to mitigate risks at the community and institutional levels. The two-day conference was organized by Focus Humanitarian Assistance Program in collaboration with the Karakoram International University (KIU). Rivers in Pakistan are mainly fed by the Hindu Kush-Karakoram Himalayan (HKH) glaciers.

  • 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.

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