Vivak Awasthi has been working with the Aga Khan Foundation’s WASH programmes for a number of years. Since the outbreak, he has used his expertise to help his community in a novel way. When did you first hear about COVID-19? What did you think or feel at that time? The news was everywhere when there was…
Globally, at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Every year, more than one-third of them suffer financial catastrophe due to out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure. Millions more living in marginalised and resource-poor geographies still rely on unclean, unimproved water sources.
As one of AKDN’s three key agencies in health, the Aga Khan Foundation harnesses its longstanding work with communities and village organisations to enable people – particularly those living in geographically remote areas – to optimise their health and well-being, and reach their full potential.
It seeks to achieve sustainable improvements in health and nutritional status amongst vulnerable groups, especially women of childbearing age, adolescents and children under five. Its goal is to improve access and utilisation of integrated healthcare services, while enabling communities to adopt effective health practices. Worldwide, AKF supports health and nutrition services that reach over 800,000 people.