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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

The Trust has a long term partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), since 2001, working on a number of innovative programs and initiatives aimed to improve the quality of life of communities

Photo credit Aga Khan Development Network

The AKDN operates as a network of private development agencies, covering a wide remit of sectors, including health and education, in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world.

The AKDN works to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, supporting  marginalized communities to achieve a level of self-reliance through access to tools, knowledge and education. The Trust has a long term partnership with the AKDN, working on a number of innovative programs and initiatives to improve community resources within Nursing and Midwifery, Early Childhood Development and Maternal and Newborn Child Health.

Tatu Khamis Hussein, AKU-SONAM Alumni Photo credit AKDN

Nursing and Midwifery

In 2001, the Aga Khan Development Network was invited by the Government of East Africa to improve nurse education and training in a bid to halt the out-migration of qualified nurses, and to strengthen and reform its health care system. Since then, the Trust together with Aga  Khan University – School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKUSONAM), has supported 2521 nurses and midwives to have access to high quality nursing programs. Furthermore, AKDN and the Trust have partnered to further strengthen the nursing and midwifery professional organizations in East Africa to improve the quality of health services delivered in the region.

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Improve nurse education and training in East Africa

Like many developing countries, health provision in East Africa is mostly delivered by nurses. Nurses and midwives are the backbone of East Africa’s health systems and they constitute as much as 85 percent of the health workforce in the region.

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Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The Trust is partnering with the Aga Khan Development Network to support early childhood development programs to provide children with the best start in life and to ensure that children and young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to help them interact effectively with their world and be contributing members of society so that they can fulfil their potential. Together, they are working in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and Portugal to ensure that children have the best start in life.

Read more about the how the partnership is supporting Early Childhood Development in Aswan, a neglected area in the South of Egypt. Read more here.

Photo credit Aga Khan Development Network.

AKDN - Did you know?

Watch this video to know more about our partner Aga Khan Development Network and the incredible work they develop in Europe, Asia and Africa

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Kheir Makame - Frontline Community Counselor

The early years of childhood are critical for a child to strive. Good health, nutrition, early learning and cognitive stimulation contribute to children development

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A Day in the Life of a Nurse in East Africa

In East Africa there is a lack of well trained nurses. Since 2001, the Trust has partnered with the Aga Khan University (AKU) in East Africa to support nurse education and training.

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Learn more about all these programs with the AKDN