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2019-03-08 During her tour of East Africa and while in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, Princess Zahra Aga Khan was asked to leave a message on the occasion of Women's day. Here is what she wrote

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Tanzania’s Prime Minister Majaliwa praises Aga Khan’s healthcare system
Aga Khan Launches New Hospital Wing


Giza M by Giza M
March 11, 2019

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Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has praised efforts by the Aga Khan to improve healthcare delivery in country. The Prime Minister was speaking at a colourful ceremony over the weekend at the launch of the new Aga Khan hospital wing in Dar es Salaam.

The Prime Minister was keen to express Tanzania’s need for affordable and quality healthcare. He said the government welcomes private sector investment in improving healthcare provision in the country.

He said the Aga Khan Hospital is a good example of Public Private Partnership in improving welfare of Tanzanians and Subsahara Africa in general. The PM acknowledged the significant contribution Aga Khan’s new healthcare wing brings to the country and the region saying quality healthcare is key to socio-economic development.

Present at the launch was Tanzania’s Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu. The Minister also recognized Aga Khan’s contribution to provision of affordable quality healthcare in Tanzania and East Africa.

She said the Hospital’s network of healthcare services across the country brings health services close to the people and plays a significant role in mother and child health as well as advanced medical care for the public in general.

She said the government is working to improve healthcare in country and to improve welfare for the people and in so doing the private sector plays an important role.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan Officiates Hospital Launch

The event was officiated by among other dignitaries, Princess Zahra Aga Khan who was there on behalf of her father His Highness The Aga Khan. Reading her address, Princess Zahra expressed the Aga Khan’s gratitude to Tanzanian President John Magufuli for his leadership and policies that have allowed quick and profound growth in the health and education sectors.

“Other pressing engagements have kept my father, His Highness the Aga Khan away today but he asked me to carry with me his congratulations, his gratitude to President Magafuli, Prime Minister Majaliwa and to the Government of Tanzania for helping us to construct this state-of-the-art facility in Dar es Salaam,” said Princess Zahra.

The Princess highlighted how the health centre will also serve as an education platform where training doctors and nurses studying at the Aga Khan University will practice. She noted that the Aga Khan health services network is now across 11 regions of the country and has some 35 outreach health centres.

Expanding Health Care For East and Central Africa

The new state of the art wing has 170 bed and provides tertiary care but is also a referral and teaching centre that will serve as an integrated health care medical facility for Tanzania and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

The hospital already receives over 300 foreign patients every year and now has the capacity to receive double that number every year providing affordable and quality healthcare for Subsahara Africa

.The new wing provides state of the art specialised diagnostic services, including cardiac catheterisation and nuclear medicine, the hospital will also offer over 30 clinical specialties and subspecialties, including Cardiology, Oncology, Family Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Pediatrics and Neonatology.

This second phase 2 expansion along with the outreach centres, the Aga Khan Health Services Network offers 806 new jobs and numerous other opportunities indirectly including transportation and catering.

Further still, the hospital’s educational programme currently has 64 medical residents and takes in 60 interns each year from across Africa.

The accredited Aga Khan Development Network has been in Tanzania for over 100 years and work in many sectors of economic and social and cultural development across the country.

With completion of the new wing, the hospital will now serve over one million patients each year, a great stride in providing affordable and quality healthcare to Tanzanians and the entire East and Central Africa.

The USD 83.5 million project was funded in part by the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement – AFD) which gave a USD 53.5 million loan while another USD 26.3million was contributed by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

.Aga Khan hospital was the first hospital in Tanzania to be internationally recognized by the Joint Commission International. In East Africa there are only two hospitals that have the JCI recognition, the second one been Kenya’s Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
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Aga Khan Hospital Undergoes US$ 83 million (TZS 192 billion) expansion to serve one million patients a year

The Aga Khan Hospitals known worldwide for their cutting-edge technology and modern healthcare are consolidating their foothold in East Africa


Kimani Chege by Kimani Chege
March 11, 2019

AKDN transforms the Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salam from a 70-bed facility to a leading 170- bed tertiary care, referral and teaching hospital.

Aga Khan Health Service has undertaken a sizeable expansion of its hospital in Dar es Salaam, recently completing a Phase II US $83.5 million expansion (Tzs 192 billion) that will serve over one million patients in the country each year. The expansion, which was funded through a grant from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), transforms the hospital from a 70-bed facility to a leading 170- bed tertiary care, referral and teaching hospital. The hospital will now serve as an integrated health care medical facility for the country and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The Phase II expansion also includes an expansion of 35 outreach health centres throughout the country, 23 of which are already operational.

A Century of Experience

AKDN transforms the Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salam from a 70-bed facility to a leading 170- bed tertiary care, referral and teaching hospital- The ExchangeAga Khan Health Service, Tanzania (AKHST) established its first health centre in Dar es Salaam over 90 years ago and has since, steadily enhanced its service offerings to become one of the leading state-of-the-art hospitals in the region. Building on the legacy of AKDN – the Network founded by His Highness the Aga Khan- , its hospitals in Dar es Salaam, as well as Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya reach over 600,000 patients across East Africa and the larger African continent.

AKDN operates one of the largest non-profit private healthcare systems in the developing world, with 17 hospitals and over 450 other health facilities providing quality health care to over 5 million people annually. These include 14 ISO-certified and three JCI-accredited hospitals in recognition of meeting international quality standards in health delivery and hospital care.
Aga Khan in Kenya: A network of initiatives touching all aspects of East African economies

With a network of health facilities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, AKDN hospitals and centers, which are run and managed by Aga Khan Health Services are renowned as a preferred destination for modern healthcare, attracting patients beyond the East African region. Today, the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam – part of a global chain of hospitals – is undergoing rapid expansion as it moves to position itself as a remedy for the increasing number of patients seeking specialized care abroad.

Cutting Edge Health Technology

The Aga Khan Hospitals known worldwide for their cutting-edge technology and modern healthcare are consolidating their foothold in East Africa with sustained modernization in both infrastructure, as well as equipment.

Through improvements in its human resource base and training facilities, the Hospital hopes to have a significant impact on the overall quality of health care in Tanzania. Along with more traditional services, such as family medicine, child and maternal care, the development of new specialist programmes in cardiology, oncology and neurosciences will assist in addressing the high increase in mortality caused by chronic diseases, both in Tanzania and across sub- Saharan Africa.

Expansion of the Phase II building at AKHST includes not only structural expansion with an upsurge in its footprint in terms of bed capacity, more operating rooms, more intensive care facilities and top-quality VIP rooms, but also robust strengthening of existing clinical services. In addition to excellent diagnostic services such as cardiac catheterisation and nuclear medicine, the Hospital now offers over 30 clinical specialties and subspecialties, including Cardiology, Oncology, Family Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Nephrology, Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Neonatology.
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Furthermore, state-of-the-art technologies including pictorial archiving and communication systems (PACS), a radiology information system (RIS), pneumatic tubes transport system and centralized patient monitoring computer systems have also been introduced, all to support the Hospital’s overarching goal of improving the quality of care.

AKDN transforms the Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salam from a 70-bed facility to a leading 170- bed tertiary care, referral and teaching hospital- The Exchange

This is the first and only full-fledged PACS and RIS system in Tanzania, as well as within the global AKHS network, to supports its overall goal of improving quality of care and enhanced patient-centered care. Installation of PACS and RIS has been highly innovative and has already offered several advantages – the most immediate and tangible of which has been a 20 percent reduction in stationary cost.

At AKHST, the pneumatic tube system ensures fast, spontaneous and safe transport of specimens to the laboratory from all over the hospital, as well as the transport of medicines from pharmacy to all inpatient areas. This rapid transport system is complemented with computer software, such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS) for laboratory results reports and computerised physicians order entry for sending medication orders and treatment instructions to pharmacy electronically.
Aga Khan: Bridging the Divide, Embracing One and All

This has led to reduction of time patients spend in the hospital without loss in quality of care, reduction in staff costs for hiring porters and at the same time increased efficiencies.

Reaching deeper into the community

The Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam also offers a continuum of care coordinated across its Primary Medical Centres throughout the country, including Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Morogoro, and Mwanza, as well as Outreach Health Centres in Arusha, Dar es Salaam’s Mbezi Beach, City Centre, Masaki, Mikocheni and Tandika and Buzuruga in Mwanza.

At each level of care the focus is on providing services that are needed and wanted by the community whilst building linkages within the system while at the same time significantly raising local standards.

Building Capacity

The Hospital also serves as the training site for the Aga Khan University Postgraduate Medical Education Programmes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery leading to a Master of Medicine degree. In addition, it is the only private hospital to provide Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children accredited internships for medical and pharmacy graduates.
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Aga Khan Building Capacity For E. Africa Healthcare Professionals
Aga Khan Postgraduate Program Takes More Than 60 Interns Every Year


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March 12, 2019
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here is need for capacity building Tanzania health sector to increase the number of healthcare practitioners as well as the quality of medical equipment and facilities as well. Short of increasing and improving the number of healthcare providers, then the country will continue to suffer grave loss of manpower due to pervasiveness of otherwise treatable diseases.

The government of Tanzania is very cautious of this danger and is taking strategic steps to face it, among them been, inviting the private sector to invest in the health sector. In this regard, the Aga Khan Hospital and Aga Khan University has been conducting an internship program for almost a decade now.

Since the first batch of four medical interns were enrolled back in 2010, the demand for the internship space within the Aga Khan Hospital has more than tripled. Now the program has 64 medical residents and takes in 60 interns each year from across Africa.

There are currently 62 interns comprising of; 22 medical interns, eight pharmacy, 18 nurses, 13 laboratory technician interns and one radiology intern. The increase of interns went hand in hand with expansion of training space, services and human resources.

This expansion is part of the just completed Phase 2 project that comprised of building an entire new wing that was launched on 9th 2019 by the Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and Tanzania’s Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu.

The two top government officials were hosted by Her Highness Princess Zahra Aga Khan who was there on behalf of her father His Highness the Aga Khan. The government recognized the contribution that the expansion brings to healthcare delivery inn the country and beyond.

With completion of the USD 83.5 million wing, the hospital will now serve over one million patients each year, a great stride in providing affordable and quality healthcare to Tanzanians and the entire East and Central Africa.
Becoming A Dr (MA): Aga Khan Nurturing Health Care Providers

At Aga Khan, the postgraduate training programs are matched up with the Family Medicine program which helps integrate internship training at the Aga khan hospital with the Aga Khan University postgraduate training and the Continuing Medical Education.

This means that the interns not only get hands on experience, ‘but are nurtured to become holistic clinicians, nurses, pharmacists and lab techs.’

From internship, the future doctors start residency (Specialization) and complete their Masters programs. While others go for sub-specialization, many come back and join the Aga Khan Hospital. With the expansion of the PGME programs more opportunities for training are now available.

Currently there are alumni furthering their studies in Kenya, Lesotho and South Africa amongst other countries.

‘Thus it is clear with proper mentorship, adequate resources and conducive learning environment young professionals from Tanzania can compete equally in global stage.’

Aga Khan hospital has state of the art technology and first class professionals who act as role model for the young doctors. Furthermore, Aga Khan is the first and the only JCIA accredited hospital in Tanzania and among the top ten in Africa.

‘This combination of high end technology, top notch professional and world quality recognition makes the Aga Khan Hospital a much sort after internship placement site.’

The tertiary teaching hospital status means that the interns who train at the Aga Khan Hospital are able to study or work anywhere in the world.
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Aga Khan Hospital opens Sh9.3bn facility in Dar es Salaam

Wednesday March 13 2019


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The facility will enable patients across Tanzania to access affordable and quality healthcare at their doorstep.

By NASIBO KABALE

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The Aga Khan Development Network (AFDN) last weekend opened phase two expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which is expected to provide services to over one million patients annually.

The facility, first opened in 1964, was expanded from a 32 bed facility to a 74 bed hospital in 2000. The second phase expansion cost $92.5 million (about Sh9.3 billion) with a 170- bed tertiary and teaching hospital.

Funding for the hospital's growth was in the form of a 70 percent long term concessionary loan from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and 30 percent was sourced as a grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.

The second phase of the health facility is expected to provide advance clinical programmes in cardiology, oncology, neuro sciences, critical care and maternal and child health.

Speaking during the opening, Princess Zahra Aga Khan said it will enable patients across Tanzania to access affordable and quality healthcare at their doorstep.

“We are delighted to have constructed this facility and expand the Aga Khan Hospital. However, the real value of the project lies in its clinical programme which will supplement the government of Tanzania’s and work with the health public system in developing a robust capacity that will see many Tanzanians receive advanced training in the institution,” she said.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Dar es Salaam was closer to reaching its target of a total of 2,500 beds— thanks to the expansion and that the facility would also help in reversing medical tourism in the country.

“Congestion and lack of technological advances have been the biggest contributor to medical tourism in the country and so we hope that Aga Khan Hospital Tanzania can cure this,” he said.
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Aga Khan Hospital opens Sh9.3bn facility in Dar es Salaam
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Princess Zahra Aga Khan speaking at the opening of the Phase II expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO |AKDN

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) last weekend opened phase two expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which is expected to provide services to over one million patients annually.

The facility, first opened in 1964, was expanded from a 32 bed facility to a 74 bed hospital in 2000. The second phase expansion cost $92.5 million (about Sh9.3 billion) with a 170- bed tertiary and teaching hospital.

Funding for the hospital's growth was in the form of a 70 percent long term concessionary loan from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and 30 percent was sourced as a grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.

The second phase of the health facility is expected to provide advance clinical programmes in cardiology, oncology, neuro sciences, critical care and maternal and child health.

Speaking during the opening, Princess Zahra Aga Khan said it will enable patients across Tanzania to access affordable and quality healthcare at their doorstep.

“We are delighted to have constructed this facility and expand the Aga Khan Hospital. However, the real value of the project lies in its clinical programme which will supplement the government of Tanzania’s and work with the health public system in developing a robust capacity that will see many Tanzanians receive advanced training in the institution,” she said.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Dar es Salaam was closer to reaching its target of a total of 2,500 beds— thanks to the expansion and that the facility would also help in reversing medical tourism in the country.

“Congestion and lack of technological advances have been the biggest contributor to medical tourism in the country and so we hope that Aga Khan Hospital Tanzania can cure this,” he said.
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2019, October 10: Huffington Award Dinner honouring Princess Zahra Aga Khan. Asia Society, Texas.

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Princess Zahra arrives in Houston, Texas, to receive Huffington Award

Princess Zahra and her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, arrived in Houston, Texas, earlier today at the invitation of the Asia Society Texas Center. Princess Zahra is being honoured with the Huffington Award at the annual Award Dinner being held later tonight.

She will be recognised for her outstanding contributions that have furthered international understanding, uplifted lives, and advanced health and education on a global scale through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network.

Earlier in the day, as a mark of great respect, proclamations were received from congressional leadership, the City of Sugar Land, and Mayor Sylvester Turner of the City of Houston. Mayor Turner proclaimed 10 October 2019 as Princess Zahra Aga Khan Day.

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan receives prestigious Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award

Recognised for her outstanding contributions to uplift lives around the world.

Houston, Texas, 10 October 2019 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan, daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan (Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims), today received Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award in Houston, Texas. The award is the highest honour bestowed by the Texas Center recognising leaders who are a major force on the international stage. Princess Zahra Aga Khan was honoured for her outstanding contributions that have furthered international understanding, uplifted lives, and advanced health and education through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

“We were so humbled to honour Princess Zahra, and it was an inspiration to hear about the many projects in healthcare and education that she and the Aga Khan Development Network have spearheaded globally,” said Bonna Kol, President of Asia Society Texas Center. “Through her work, Princess Zahra is building hope and trust in a world where both are greatly needed.”

The award dinner began with opening remarks by Y. Ping Sun, Asia Society Texas Center’s Vice Chair and First Lady of Rice University and Bonna Kol, President, Asia Society Texas Center. Dinner was followed by a musical performance by the Aga Khan Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Homayoun Sakhi and Abbos Kosimov, who were joined by tabla player Nitin Mitta.

Past award recipient, David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, introduced a short honouree video that highlighted the many accomplishments of Princess Zahra—including her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in 30 countries.

Mr. Leebron then led a moderated discussion with Princess Zahra, in which they discussed the impacts and motivations of the AKDN globally. Princess Zahra spoke of the value of pluralism, she said, “Pluralism is not just tolerance, tolerating the other, it’s not just accepting that one lives in a diverse society, but it’s having an active and profound understanding of the nature and culture of one’s neighbours, so much so that one can then learn to appreciate the value that they bring to society.” Princess Zahra also spoke about the importance of values, global education, healthcare, economic opportunity and volunteerism.

In a special video presented by The Honourable James A. Baker, III and Susan Baker, Huffington Award Dinner Honorary Co-Chairs acknowledged Princess Zahra’s passion and commitment to “making the world a better place.” A formal award presentation by Nancy C. Allen, Huffington Dinner Honourary Co-Chair and Asia Society Board Member followed.

The award is named after former Ambassador Roy M. Huffington, who co-founded the Asia Society Texas Center in 1979 with former First Lady Barbara Bush. Past honourees of this prestigious award include President George H.W. Bush, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

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Princess Zahra presented with Huffington Award by Asia Society Texas Center

On 10 October 2019, Princess Zahra, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, was honoured with the Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award in Houston, USA. Princess Zahra was honoured for her outstanding contributions that have furthered international understanding, uplifted lives, and advanced health and education through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network.

The Huffington Award is the highest honour bestowed by the Texas Center, and recognises leaders who are a major force on the international stage. The award is named after former Ambassador Roy M. Huffington, who co-founded the Asia Society Texas Center in 1979 alongside former First Lady Barbara Bush. Past recipients of this prestigious award include President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

“We were so humbled to honour Princess Zahra, and it was an inspiration to hear about the many projects in healthcare and education that she and the Aga Khan Development Network have spearheaded globally,” said Bonna Kol, President of the Asia Society Texas Center. “Through her work, Princess Zahra is building hope and trust in a world where both are greatly needed.”

The award dinner began with opening remarks by Y. Ping Sun, Asia Society Texas Center’s Vice Chair and First Lady of Rice University, and Bonna Kol, President of the Asia Society Texas Center. The event included a musical performance by the Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Homayoun Sakhi and Abbos Kosimov, who were joined by the acclaimed tabla player Nitin Mitta.

President of Rice University and past award recipient, David W. Leebron, introduced a short film that highlighted Princess Zahra’s many accomplishments; including her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

Mr Leebron then engaged in an on-stage conversation with Princess Zahra, during which they discussed the impacts and motivations of AKDN’s work. “I’m a very small link in an extremely long chain of people and institutions all working towards realising a vision which is basically my father’s vision, His Highness’ vision; and yes, it is based on the principles of Islam, but also the principles of most faiths - generosity, kindness, understanding, the spirit of volunteerism, improving the quality of life of one’s neighbours and fellow man,” said Princess Zahra.

They went on to speak about a number of topics, including healthcare, economic opportunity, and the positive results of a focus on girls’ education over the past century.

“There has always been this ethos of putting a lot of emphasis on the role of women in society and giving those women the tools and the wherewithal to be educated mothers and leaders of their societies, and I think just looking around us today the impact of that is very clear.”

Princess Zahra also discussed the ethic of volunteerism, saying, “the Ismaili community has always been incredibly generous and incredibly engaged in volunteering… In the AKDN there are as many volunteers as there are professional staff. I think that they are all people who have grown up from their parents and are giving onto their children this ethic, the importance of giving time and giving of oneself.”

In a conversation on the topic of education, Princess Zahra spoke of how a liberal arts education helps to encourage the development of values, saying, “It is not learning what to think, but learning how to think, and I think that’s what our education activities seek to instil… a spirit of inquiry and those values which are the basic human values of pluralism and understanding that makes the quality of life of one’s neighbour better than it is today.”

When asked about the future of our society, Princess Zahra noted “I think we are living at a time and acting at a time where there is optimism. There are things that are happening in our world in medicine, communications, and technology, which are going to have such profound impacts on not only the way we live as human beings but on the way that we interact and we learn.”

As a mark of great respect, proclamations were received from congressional leadership, the City of Sugar Land, and Mayor Sylvester Turner of the City of Houston. Mayor Turner proclaimed 10 October 2019 as Princess Zahra Aga Khan Day.

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Asia Society Texas Center Huffington Award Dinner

BY Shelby Hodge // 10.21.19

Princess Zahra Aga Khan, through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network, was honored for her commitment to advancing healthcare and education around the world. As the eldest child of the Aga Khan, the princess serves in various leadership roles within the network, which comprises numerous private, international, non-denominational development organizations working to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world.

Rice University president David Leebron led the informative on-stage discussion with Princess Zahra. Taking lead roles on this evening at The Houstonian were Asia Society Texas Center president Bonna Kol, board vice chair Y. Ping Sun and the evening’s honorary co-chair Nancy C. Allen. Honorary co-chairs Susan and James A. Baker III offered their congratulations via video.

Something special: A musical performance by the Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Homayoun Sakhi on the Afghan rubab and Abbos Kosimov on the Uzbek doira, and Nitin Mitta on the North Indian tabla.
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Princess Zahra 50 Years Old Today - Happy Birthday!

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SBP to launch policy for reducing gender gap in financial inclusion

Saturday Dec 19 2020

Women’s access to financial and economic opportunities is essential for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. However, women in Pakistan are disproportionately under-served by the financial system.

This was stated by the State Bank of Pakistan, in a press release issued on Saturday.

According to the handout, only 18% percent of adult women in Pakistan have an active bank account compared with 51% men.

SBP said that in order to address the gender disparities, it has adopted a medium-term national target of 20 million active women bank accounts by 2023 under National Financial Inclusion Strategy.

The target will be achieved through the launch of a policy to reduce the gender gap in financial inclusion, titled "Banking on Equality", which aims to promote women financial inclusion in Pakistan.

The policy will introduce a gender lens within the financial sector through specific measures to bring a shift towards gender friendly business practices.

SBP to hold webinar

To initiate a national dialogue on women financial inclusion, SBP has organized a webinar titled “Consultative Launch of Banking on Equality policy: Reducing the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion” on Monday.

The webinar aims to promote awareness of the significance of women financial inclusion and hold discussions among distinguished international thought leaders to discuss practical ways to give a boost to women financial inclusion in Pakistan.

SBP Governor, Dr Reza Baqir will host the consultative launch of the Banking on Equality policy with introductory presentation on the policy by SBP Deputy Governor Sima Kamil, and followed by a high level panel discussion around women’s financial inclusion.

The panel members would include Princess Zahra Aga Khan Director Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Ceyla Pazarbasioglu from IMF and Dr Reza Baqir Governor, State Bank of Pakistan while Dr Anita Zaidi from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will moderate the panel discussion.

About the panel

Princess Zahra Aga Khan is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). She serves in various leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network, including as Trustee of the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu is Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR) of the IMF. In this capacity, she leads the work on the IMF’s strategic direction and the design, implementation, and evaluation of Fund policies. Pazarbasioglu previously served as Vice President at the World Bank Group.

The panel moderator, Dr Anita Zaidi, is the President of Gender Equality at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Zaidi is overseeing a division comprised of the Foundation’s Gender Equality programme team and Gender Program Advocacy and Communications team.

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Princess Zahra at the webinar of state Bank of Pakistan

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Princess Zahra #AgaKhan said at the webinar of the state Bank of Pakistan that gender equality including women’s access to education & financial services is essential as they are the cornerstone of the family & they ultimately manage its resources.
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Link to Video of the Webinar of Princess Zahra is available here:

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan on Zoom webinar of State Bank of Pakistan

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I am always happy that the government takes care of its citizens! I think the Aga Khan Hospital is really a good example in improving the well-being of the citizens of Tarzania who need good medical care. I believe that the level of health care should constantly change depending on the needs of people! I have been a member of the weareecs.co.uk/social-research-insight-10 community for 5 years and I am very proud of the actions of this organization. To be honest, I am very happy that I have the opportunity to improve social and health services with my ideas. I've noticed that it's working together that can change the world around us. Every person has a voice that needs to be heard!
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Princess Zahra Pavilion

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Ceremony to name The New Private Wing Complex as the Princess Zahra Pavilion

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Here is the link to connect: https://live.aku.edu

Date
Monday, September 6th 2021 at 5pm Karachi time, 3pm Nairobi time, 1pm London time and 4:30pm Kabul time

Speakers
Princess Zahra Aga Khan (virtually)
President Firoz Rasul (in-person)
Mr. Farouk Saleh (virtually)
Dr. Shahid Shafi (in-person)

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https://live.aku.edu/hospital
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2021, September 06 - VIDEO OF SPEECH OF PRINCESS ZAHRA AGA KHAN AT AKU

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On Monday 6 September, Princess Zahra delivered an address at a special Ceremony to name the Aga Khan University Hospital’s new Private Wing Complex in Karachi as the Princess Zahra Pavilion.

The New Private Wing complex at AKUH’s main campus in Karachi represents a state-of-the-art facility, offering to patients a high quality of clinical care with additional touches of comfort and convenience. The complex houses 85 rooms, including special care rooms, isolation rooms, family lounge, dining court, roof terrace, and more.

The facility has been designed to provide peace and tranquility to patients as they recuperate from clinical procedures. Inspired by Islamic Art and Culture, the architecture and landscaping have been carefully designed to create a calming environment that contributes to patients’ healing process and early recovery.

Various parts of the building offer views of lakes and lush green gardens, while the outside courtyard offers soothing sounds of birds and water fountains. In addition, the numerous well-lit and open spaces offer respite to family members as they wait for loved ones to get better.

The complex began operations in 2019, and today stands strong in demonstrating the mission of the wider Aga Khan Development Network, and the aspirations of its founder and chairman Mawlana Hazar Imam.

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Tanzania 2022-04-09

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan has arrived in Dar es Salam

Princess Zahra visited the Aga Khan Hospital this Saturday as part of a short trip in Tanzania for AKDN and AKUH work that will take her to a day trip to Zanzibar Sunday 10 April 2022 before she leaves from Dar es Salaam the next day.

VIDEO: Princess Zahra arriving at Aga Khan Hospital: http://ismaili.net/timeline/2022/2022-0 ... nzania.mp4



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Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Tanzania 2022-04-09

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We are just sharing an anecdote during this visit of Princess Zahra in Tanzania.

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Princess Zahra placed her hand on Baby Kyan and gave him and our family blessings. She told us Kyan was one of her considerations for her son.

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Princess Zahra lays foundation stone for cancer care centre in Tanzania

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Princess Zahra lays foundation stone for cancer care centre in Tanzania

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The Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project is a first-of-its kind initiative addressing the impact of non-communicable diseases in the country and wider region.

As the burden of cancer grows around the world, it exerts a heavy physical, emotional and financial strain on individuals, families and health services.

Developing countries are least prepared to manage this – many patients lack access to quality diagnosis and treatment. In countries with strong health systems, however, cancer-related survival rates are improving due to early detection and quality treatment and care.

In an effort to strengthen the health system in Tanzania, the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam launched a state-of-the-art cancer care centre this week, for which the foundation stone was laid by Princess Zahra and Honourable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The new centre is valued at US$ 107.5 million and expected to open in 2024. A considerable portion of cancer patients who currently cannot afford treatment will be able to secure welfare support to treat the disease.

“We know that non-communicable diseases, including cancer, affect us all,” said Honourable Minister Ummy Ally Mwalimu in her remarks at the event. “We all know people whose lives have been cut short by cancer. It also causes significant losses to the nation because the disease reduces the workforce…”

The project aims to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza. It will provide 1.7 million people with better screening, early diagnosis and quality treatment. The centre will also support cancer care services in 100 public primary-care facilities in the region.

For more than a century, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been contributing to poverty alleviation, education, health care, economic development and cultural restoration in Tanzania. Through the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), it has worked in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health for many years, in the areas of health service delivery, maternal child and newborn health, capacity building and now cancer care.

The Network contributes to and positively impacts the health of over a million people in the country every year.

“AKHS Tanzania’s continued growth over nine decades is a strong testimony of our commitment to health care and development in this country,” said Princess Zahra. “Today, AKHS facilities are known for their high level of ethical practices, innovation and provision of quality, safe and evidence-based care.”

The cancer centre will serve as a key hub for the innovative Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project, a public-private initiative funded by Agence Française de Développement and the Aga Khan Foundation. The Project brings together key health institutions to promote cancer care of international standards in Tanzania.

All cancers can be treated, and many can be prevented or cured. According to the World Health Organization, comprehensive treatment is available in more than 90 percent of high-income countries but less than 15 percent of low-income ones.

The new centre launched this week intends to tackle this gap, as part of AKDN’s aim to bring quality cancer care to countries for which, until now, it had been out of reach.

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https://the.ismaili/global/news/imamat- ... e-tanzania

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