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Showing posts with label Aga Khan University Hospital. Show all posts
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Geneva, Switzerland, May 2019 - The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) partnered with the “Resilient Homes Design Challenge” in a crowdsourced challenge – spearheaded by the World Bank - to design climate-resilient single-family homes costing less than US$ 10,000.

Over the last 10 years, natural disasters have caused 23 million people to become homeless – many of them poor. The challenge was in response to homelessness caused by natural disasters in low-income and disaster prone regions. 

“The countries that fall in the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s remit have suffered 847 major disasters over the last 28 years, accounting for over 243,000 lives lost,” said Prince Hussain Aga Khan, Chairman of the Executive Committee for AKAH. “As all of us know, these disasters often cause families to lose their most valuable asset: their home. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat was created specifically to find ways to deal with these increasing threats. Its mission is to find innovative ways to address the threat of natural disaster and work to make communities resilient, building on the decades of experience of various AKDN agencies.”

To address the increasing threat posed by natural disasters and climate change, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) works to ensure that poor people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters, that residents who do live in high-risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response, and that these settings enable communities to thrive and lead a higher quality of life.

The home is a critical cornerstone to improve the quality of life of the communities that AKAH serves. His Highness the Aga Khan, speaking in an interview with Henri Weill, of La Cohorte, said, “when we studied the economic development of poor societies, we realised that when poor families manage to put money aside for the first time, they invest in their homes. Often it is a tin roof, running water or a sewerage system. In other words, human beings first look at everything that happens around them and their family. By working on people’s homes, we are working on basic needs and this then has an impact on several generations in the family.”

The design challenge arose when AKAH, as a member of a panel of judges at the World Bank, helped select the challenge team winners in partnership with Build Academy, the GFDRR, Airbnb and UN-Habitat. Over 3,225 professionals from over 160 countries participated in the challenge.

AKAH and the World Bank co-hosted a side-event at the annual World Reconstruction Conference (WRC4) in Geneva (13-14 May 2019) featuring the designs of the nine winners and three honourable mentions.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

By Andrew Irumba

Kampala: The days of flying Ugandan government officials and tycoons to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, for specialised medical attention are soon to end.

This is because we have learnt that the Aga Khan Foundation is set to construct a multibillion ultra modern hospital in Kampala. According to sources, facility will handle all sophisticated medical problems like heart and brain surgeries, fertility issues, transplants, among others. Those privy to the project have revealed to this website that his Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni together with His Highness the Aga Khan, will in July 2019 perform the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the world class hospital.

Artistic impression of the Aga Khan hospital

As part of preparations for the project kickoff, President Museveni on Wednesday met with the diplomatic representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network and senior executive team from the Aga Khan University Mr Firoz Rasul, at Entebbe State House. The President and his visitors discussed the final designs and construction programme for the new world class teaching hospital, with its associated education and housing facilities, planned for Kampala.

This is how the hospital will look
The government of Uganda forks out hundreds of millions of shilling fromm the treasury each year to send public servants and politicians abroad for specialised medical attention because some of the top hospitals in the country lack the required facilities and equipment for handle some complicated medical cases. However, after the construction of the Aga Khan hospital, all that will be history.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

KARACHI: The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosted their annual oncology hematology party for the year 2019.

This event is organized every year to celebrate the successful journey of young cancer survivors and encourage the parents and families of children going through cancer treatment and make them believe that cancer is curable.

The event was attended by faculty, staff, pediatric patients, their families, and caregivers. This year’s theme for the event was ‘Happiness is Here’.

In line with, the party arena was decorated with the bright balloons and had the children dressed in vivid colours.

The multi-disciplinary team at the Aga Khan University Hospital provides quality treatment and statistics show that if the treatment is given well in time, there is 80pc chance of the child being cured.

As per the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Asim Belgaumi, “approximately 8000-10000 kids probably develop cancer every year and amongst them only 3000-4000 reach cancer centre for appropriate care and majority patients come in for treatment at very late stage of the caner.”

The party had numerous onstage and off stage activities for the children which includes zumba and singing.

It was heartwarming to watch the participants tap their feet, sway their shoulders, bob their head, as they immersed themselves in collaborative drumming with the drum circle.

The children had a good time playing games at the gaming zone, getting their faces painted, and participating in the Arts & Crafts booth.

Associate Professor and Section Head of the Pediatric Oncology Department, Dr Zehra Fadoo, said, “Leukemia is most common form of cancer among children. AKUH is providing treatment for all type of cancer at all the stages.

We have multidisciplinary team dedicated for children’s cancer, providing all kind of support.

AKUH has the team having expertise including but not limited to, neurology, brain tumors, Bone and soft tissues, and transplantations” A poster competition was also organized and the theme of the competition was “Happiness is here”.

Numerous kids participated in the competition and made amazing posters. Certificates were distributed to the survivors on fighting their disease bravely.

The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is a not-for-profit, private healthcare network with a quaternary care hospital, four secondary care hospitals, over 25 Medical Centers, and over 260 Clinical Laboratories in over 115 cities across Pakistan.

It also has a network of pharmacies and offers home healthcare services.

AKUH is Pakistan’s first Joint Commission International accredited hospital which is the gold standard in quality and patient safety. Its clinical laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for fast and accurate lab testing.

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