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  • Aga Khan Commends Canada on Leadership

    May 31, 2014 - The Citizen

    The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) made the remarks in a speech at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto, Canada – a three-day high-level gathering of heads of state and top health officials, organized by Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper.

  • First Graduating Class of Aga Khan Academy

    May 30, 2014 - The Siasat Daily

    The first students have graduated from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. They will continue their educational journeys at some of the world’s most reputed post-secondary institutions. Members of this year’s graduating class have received offers from top-ranked universities in Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. As His Highness the Aga Khan said at the Academy’s groundbreaking ceremony in 2006, “The well-led society of the future, in my view, will be a meritocracy – where leadership roles are based on personal and intellectual excellence.

  • Aga Khan Hospital Launches Chemotherapy Facility in Mombasa

    May 28, 2014 - Daily Nation, Wachira Mwangi

    The Aga Khan Hospital has launched a new chemotherapy facility in Mombasa. Residents will now easily access chemotherapy services in the fight against cancer in the region. Governor Hassan Ali Joho welcomed the facility, saying it would go a long way in providing the much needed access and proper treatment for cancer in the county. Mr. Joho lauded the Aga Khan institution for the efforts made in restoring the health of the residents, saying there was need for strengthening other health facilities through partnership with the county government.

  • Training Nurses to Save Mothers and Babies in East Africa

    May 28, 2014 - Rotary International

    According to the World Bank, 310 women die in Uganda for every 100,000 live births, compared with just 21 in the United States and 12 in the United Kingdom. Kenya and Tanzania's infant and maternal mortality rates are as disturbing as those found in neighboring Uganda. Improving maternal health is one of the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals, which seeks to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters and achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

  • Data on Death Key to Saving Lives

    May 26, 2014 - MSN Canada

    Every year, 2.9 million newborn babies worldwide die from mostly preventable causes, but a few simple steps can save lives, doctors say. The lack of vital birth and death registration in poor countries will be a major topic of discussion at this week's international meeting on improving the plight of children, newborns and mothers in the developing world. Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada is hosting the three-day conference in Toronto, after having made the issue his signature international aid priority in 2010.

  • Farmers in Gujarat have asked the state government to adopt a new technique that helps in increasing the yield of rice as part of its farm policy. 'System of Rice Intensification' (SRI), a method of boosting yield of the key kharif crop, has been adopted by some of the States in the country. Nearly 100 farmers from Dang, Valsad and Navsari districts want Gujarat to implement this procedure and incorporate it in Gujarat's agriculture policy.

  • Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence

    May 23, 2014 - Asia-Plus

    The First MicroFinanceBank Tajikistan celebrated 10 years of working in Tajikistan at an event on May 19th, 2014. The Bank was established in 2004 initially with the principal focus on microcredit lending and with a national mandate to provide a comprehensive range of financial services to the people, with the aim of reducing poverty in Tajikistan. KfW, IFC, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, Switzerland, and Aga Khan Foundation, Tajikistan are the shareholders.

  • As Mountain Snow Fails and Glaciers Melt, Pakistan Faces Water Threats

    May 23, 2014 - Thomson Reuters Foundation, Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

    Farmers in the valleys of northern Pakistan fear for the survival of their summer crops after a short winter of low snowfall altered the flow patterns of mountain streams, potentially robbing the farmers of water they rely on to irrigate their fields. Experts agree that one of the keys to helping Pakistan's mountain farmers cope with changing climate patterns is to increase the use of reservoirs, to allow farmers to capture flood or surplus water and use it later during dry seasons. But reservoirs are only part of the answer.

  • Conference on the Impact of Climate Change Held

    May 23, 2014 - The Frontier Post

    Leading climate change researchers, policy makers, and disaster response experts gathered at the Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Karachi, Pakistan, to discuss the impact of climate change on the lives of local people living in the coastal areas of Pakistan. The conference, organized by Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in collaboration with NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.

  • Dr. Bhutta of AKU Receives WHO Prize

    May 23, 2014 - The News International

    Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta of the Aga Khan University and The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, has been presented with the 2014 WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize for his contributions to global family health. Dr. Bhutta has been at the center of much of the global work on child and newborn survival and health for a number of years. He has been a driving force in improving maternal and child health and in advocating for key changes in national and provincial health policies. Dr.

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