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  • Reviving the Afghan Musical Soul

    January 2, 2015 - BBC News

    For many years in Afghanistan, all forms of music were banned by the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 to 2001. Now, a new generation of musicians are attending the Aga Khan Music School to ensure that Afghanistan's cultural traditions can continue. Watch the video from BBC News.

  • DTB Bank Supports Amana Hospital

    January 1, 2015 - Daily News

    Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has donated medical facilities to Amana Regional Referral Hospital. The DTB Manager in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Waziri Kindamba, said  that, “giving back part of the gains to the public has been the bank’s tradition.” Some of the items donated included stretchers, dressing drums and mattress forms. Mr Kindamba encouraged others to give in order to allow the Hospital to continue providing quality health services to citizens.

  • .The December 20 edition of The Lancet, a medical journal, published the results of its year-end photography competition to highlight important health issues. Aga Khan Health Services' Midwifery School in Bamyan province was featured amongst the twelve winners. The piece highlights the importance of skilled birth attendants. Since the development of the Midwifery School, deliveries conducted by birth attendants in Bamyan province have increased from 37·2% in 2007 to 64% in 2013.

  • The European Union Delegation and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Tajikistan, in cooperation with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, organized an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The event focused on raising awareness on the rights of all children, in particular children with disabilities, and promoting rights of children to grow up in a family environment. The event gathered together 120 representatives of the diplomatic community.

  • Frontlines: Afghanistan

    December 19, 2014 - USAID

    The end of 2014 marks a significant moment in history for the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan. In health care, education, women’s rights, economic growth and elections, the country has made progress that some considered impossible even 10 years ago. Read the new FrontLines for more on USAID's successes and challenges in the country, including updates on ongoing partnerships with USAID and Aga Khan Foundation. 

  • Manuscripts Rescued

    December 18, 2014 - The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris

    A series of 15th- and 16th-century manuscripts, smuggled out of Timbuktu in 2012 go on show this week at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture in Mali and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The exhibition, “Timbuktu Renaissance”, includes 16 original manuscripts with texts about science, politics and law. The art historian Julie Chaizemartin described the achievement as “one of the biggest cultural rescue operations ever in the context of an exacerbated political-ideological war.”

  • Conservation of Mountain Heritage Urged

    December 15, 2014 - The International News

    An eight-day Pakistan Mountain Festival concluded on Sunday, with the purpose of conservation of mountain heritage. Visitors pledged to keep disseminating the message of conservation, and agreed to help mainstream mountain heritage and cultural traditions.

  • Paradise is in Pakistan, and it’s Fighting!

    December 14, 2014 - Dawn, Gilbert Kolonko

    Everyone dreams of a society of equals, a place of great natural beauty and tranquility far from the chaos of modern life. Most will never find such a place. Only very few would suppose that such a place exists in northern Pakistan. Development programs and schools of the Aga Khan Foundation helped populate and educate this region. The community, though isolated, has become self-sufficient thanks to development programs. These have allowed the land to thrive.

  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) signed a 6 million dollar partnership deal in Nairobi to support role of civil society in Kenya. The four-year activity, called the Yetu Initiative, is designed to empower Kenyan civil society organizations, help Kenyan communities and civil society organizations jointly tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. 

  • The Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby Text Messaging service has found success thanks to partnerships and collaborations. The service allows over 500,000 people to receive information on safe pregnancy. The numbers on maternal and infant mortality in Tanzania have improved over the years. Partners including the Aga Khan Health Services leverage their existing networks and training activities to orient local health workers on healthy pregnancy and early childcare. Read the full article from Africa Science News here. 

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