European Union Delegate Visits Aga Khan University Rural Health Projects In Kwale — Coast Week com

Director, European Union, Kenya with the staff of Department of Community Health, Aga Khan University.

Coastweek– Director, European Union, Kenya with the staff of Department of Community Health, Aga Khan University.

Coastweek– On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Dr. Amyn Lakhani, Director of the Department of Community Health, Aga Khan University, East Africa, welcomed the Delegation of the European Union (EU), Nairobi to Mombasa for a two-day visit to Kwale County.

The purpose of the visit was to observe the progress of the Mama Na Mtoto (MNM) project, which has been funded by the European Union since 2009 (Phase I and II) and co-funded by the Aga Khan Foundation, UK.


Now in its second phase – which began in 2012 – the project aims to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality through improvement in health care systems, capacity building, behaviour change, and nutrition.


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First world-class operating rooms inaugurated at the Aga Khan University Hospital

New integrated operating rooms at AKUH

New integrated operating rooms at AKUH


Aga Khan University

A new operating theatre suite with three state-of-the-art operating rooms has been inaugurated at the Aga Khan University Hospital today, and offer benefits to patients, their surgeons and the teaching community locally and elsewhere in the region.

It is the first suite in Karachi with integrated operating rooms (ORs) and part of the University Hospital’s ambitious plans to improve the quality of the health care services and surgical facility it offers. Covering approximately 9,600 square feet, the suite has three ORs, six recovery rooms, a holding bay for four patients, a room for families and other spaces.

Each integrated OR has centralised control of the environment and features include instant access to patient information, high definition pictures such as x-rays available on large screens, video capture and streaming of the procedure in real time and other systems. In addition, the ORs have many safety features against infections, reducing the risk of infection for patients.

Built at the cost of US$3.35 million, the ORs are part of the Aga Khan University’s campaign to raise funds from the corporate sector in Pakistan to improve access to quality health care.

Mr Firoz Rasul, President, AKU, thanked Mr Bashir Dawood, Managing Director, Dawlance Group of Companies and his family for their generous donation that made the project possible. “Bringing this technology enables us to deliver the highest levels of patient care,” said Mr Rasul.

“These ORs are designed to increase patient safety,” said Dr Jamsheer Talati, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, AKU.

Surgeons using this operating room can not only record procedures for training purposes, but can also live stream to students and doctors anywhere via the Internet; offering students and others in remote locations, opportunities to enhance their learning experience.

Mr Dawood expressed his pleasure at being present at the occasion, and welcomed the better health care opportunities the ORs will provide to countless people. He also appreciated AKUH’s contributions in the field of medicine. “What we have seen today is very encouraging. The operation rooms will transform many lives in our society and also set a benchmark for better medical facilities in Pakistan,” he said. 




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IIS (The Institute of Ismaili Studies) invites applications to the 2015 Summer Programme on Islam

Students at the 2014 IIS Summer Programme in Islam. IIS

Students at the 2014 IIS Summer Programme in Islam. IIS

London, 26 March 2015 — The Institute of Ismaili Studies is once again inviting applications to their annual Summer Programme on Islam. This year’s programme will be held in Toronto, Canada between 16 – 22 August.

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» IIS Summer Programme on Islam 2015


Each year, the residential programme brings together a diverse group of Ismailis from different regions and professions to engage in an introductory study of Islam and contemporary issues facing Muslim societies. The seven-day programme provides a forum in which participants and faculty can develop frameworks and vocabulary to explore these matters.

The 2015 IIS Summer Programme in Islam is offered in collaboration with the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Canada and is open to post-graduate students, entrepreneurs and professionals from the Jamat who are proficient in English and have an undergraduate degree.


For further information and to apply online, visit The application deadline is 12 April 2015.


Source: The Ismaili org



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Bangladesh invites more public-private partnership investment in its fast-growing economy — The Ismaili org

Bangladesh State Minister M.A. Mannan speaks at a gathering on public-private partnerships

Bangladesh State Minister M.A. Mannan speaks at a gathering on public-private partnerships at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka. Ismaili Council for Bangladesh

The speakers invited non-resident Bangladeshis and other entrepreneurs to consider investing in public-private partnership

The speakers invited non-resident Bangladeshis and other entrepreneurs to consider investing in public-private partnership opportunities in various sectors of opportunity. Ismaili Council for Bangladesh


His Excellency M.A. Mannan, MP, the State Minister of Finance of Bangladesh, called on non-resident Bangladeshis and other entrepreneurs to join in his country’s development by investing in public-private partnerships. The government, he said, has formed a fund of more than half a billion US dollars to support public-private partnerships.

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Economic opportunities in Bangladesh attract interest from the Jamat abroad
» Government of Bangladesh Public Private Partnership Office

The State Minister was the chief guest at a conference on public-private partnerships held on 6 February at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka. He and other speakers and attendees received a warm welcome on behalf of all Jamati and Aga Khan Development Network institutions in the country from Rai Sulaiman Ajanee, President of the Ismaili Council for Bangladesh.

The event took place in preparation for an international conference to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15 April.

Also speaking at the Ismaili Centre, Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged entrepreneurs — especially from the United States and Europe — to invest in the oil, energy and power sectors. He also pointed towards the information technology and textile sectors, where he said the government is offering a variety of incentives.

Mahbubul Haque Joarder, Chairman of Global NRB USA Inc, an association of professional non-resident Bangladeshis, said that Bangladesh is transitioning from a Least Developed Country to a Middle Income Country and has grown its gross domestic product at an annual rate of over 6.2 per cent for the past number of years. He noted that Goldman Sachs has named Bangladesh as one of the “next eleven” fastest growing countries in the world.

The Global NRB Chairman encouraged US-Bangladeshi businesses and international companies to explore opportunities for the exchange of goods and services, and said that next month’s conference in New York will highlight trends and sectors involved in public-private partnerships.


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Kyrgyzstan: First mobile application in Kyrgyz language on reading books developed — AKI Press com

working meeting of the National Committee on Reading

 Bishkek (AKIpress) -The Aga Khan Foundation assisted to develop the first android mobile application in Kyrgyz language on reading books, according to a meeting of Deputy Minister of Education and Science Toktobubu Ashimbayeva with Executive Director of the Aga Khan Foundation in Kyrgyzstan Karl Goeppert.


The mobile application was developed on 10 titles of story books in Kyrgyz language. These mobile applications are expected to increase children’s interest in reading through interactive exercises. Thus, children will have the opportunity to make reading fun by doing each task.

Access to applications is possible via the Internet, and in parent resource centers, the program is collaborating with.


“It is well known that books play an important role in the child’s life and development, as they develop intelligence, critical thinking and ability to recognize the contradictions. The reading child has a good memory, creative imagination, has a clear set of thoughts and communicable, as well as more independent in judgment and actions. Parents play a crucial role in the reading process,” noted Karl Goeppert.


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Roshan among Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in “Social Good” — Kahaama com Afghanistan

Roshan Afghanistan

Fast Company, one of the leading business magazines in the world, recently released its annual Top 50 and Top 10 ranking of the Most Innovative Companies worldwide for various business and innovation categories in which Roshan Telecommunication Company from Afghanistan was ranked number 7 at the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in “Social Good”.


Fast Company recognized Roshan for its ethical business practices and work on social and economic development across Afghanistan.


Roshan started its operation in 2003 and its investment is now more than $600 million in telecom infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Roshan has more than 1,100 employees of whom 20 percent are women.


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Roshan (telco) on Wikipedia org


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Key people

Karim KhojaCEO


“Nazdik Shodan”




Roshans’ shareholders are all foreigners to Afghanistan. The list of international shareholders include:

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Global Health TV: Aga Khan Development Network and RoshanTelecom’s e-Health / Telemedicine in Afghanistan

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works to build a sustainable health system for Afghanistan at all levels from basic rural healthcare to tertiary level hospital services. Working with partners, e-health and telemedicine are innovative health interventions which can work in the country despite the ongoing security and access problems. Global Health TV visits the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul to see how AKDN is providing remote training for staff and remote services for patients.



Karim Khoja, CEO, Roshan Telecom — Afghanistan Conference com

Karim Khoja, CEO, Roshan Telecom

Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including starting and managing extremely successful GSM companies in Pakistan, Poland, Croatia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Under his leadership, Roshan has grown to be Afghanistan’s market leader, with six million customers. Mr. Khoja started his GSM career as CEO for Mobilink in Pakistan, and then launched Era GSM in Poland. He then went on to form the company, HT Mobile, from Croatia Telecom.

Over the course of the last eight years, Mr. Khoja has dedicated his time to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to bring competition and best practices to the telecommunication industry in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He has focused not only on financial results, but also on how technology can be used to change lives.

Mr. Khoja serves on the Board of several international companies. He is the Chairman of the Afghan Investment Climate facility, a £30m fund to encourage private enterprise, an advisor to the GSMA Development Fund and an Associate Board Member of the Legatum Center at MIT.




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Germany’s ‘Energiewende': "the German equivalent of the project to get the first man on the moon" — FM Steinmeier|Germany is renewables pioneer -Adnan Amin Director-General, (IRENA)

Together with Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office on 26 March. The international energy conference is intended as an opportunity to exchange views with international partners on Germany’s ‘Energiewende’, the transformation of its energy system.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the Energy Transition Dialogue

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the Energy Transition Dialogue © Photothek/Koehler

Foreign Minister Steinmeier started his speech at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue with a question: “Do you know what ‘Energiewende’ is in Spanish? Or in Arabic? Or in Indonesian?” The answer, he said, was quite simple. According to Steinmeier, everyone just says “Energiewende”. The word, he explained, had become a standard term in many parts of the world. “‘Energiewende’ stands for a positive Germany and a forward-looking and ambitious project. It is, if you will, the German equivalent of the project to get the first man on the moon,” said the Foreign Minister.


Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the energy conference

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the energy conference © Photothek/Koehler

A key theme of German foreign policy

Representatives from more than 60 countries had gathered at the Federal Foreign Office to talk about their experiences of Germany’s new direction on energy and discuss the next stage. Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Economic Affairs Minister Gabriel opened the conference on 26 March. The 150-plus participants came from the spheres of politics, business, academia and civil society. Their number included 15 government ministers.


Steinmeier reported seeing in his everyday work the evidence of international interest in Germany’s transformation of its energy system. “No matter which continent I have travelled to in recent months,” he said, “German energy policy was always one of the key topics of my conversations.”


Participants at the energy conference

Participants at the energy conference © Photothek/Koehler

Diversifying the energy supply

Energy supply, Steinmeier went on, was also an important subject for foreign policy. The numerous crises adding up around the world pose fresh challenges for energy policy, he explained: “Many of the world’s countries are dependent on imports of raw materials for their energy supply. In crises, however, supply routes are more unstable and unpredictable; the energy supply is often among the first areas to be threatened.” One response to these developments, he said, was to diversify the energy supply.

Climate change would only increase the relevance of energy issues, according to the Foreign Minister, so slowing down climate change was a clear foreign policy aim for him. Here, too, he said, “the silver bullet for lowering emissions is a more sustainable energy system”.

Steinmeier went on to identify the energy supply as a fundamental part of sustainable economic development. That, he said, was why the Federal Government was supporting the United Nations’ goal to allow all people on this planet access to a sustainable energ


Economic Affairs Minister Gabriel

Economic Affairs Minister Gabriel © Photothek/Koehler


The global ‘Energiewende’ has already begun

Economic Affairs Minister Gabriel also emphasised the economic potential of renewable energy and a sustainable energy supply. Having started as a green initiative, he said, the transformation of Germany’s energy system had turned into an economic project. Gabriel averred that switching to renewables could help safeguard not only better livelihoods but also safer lives for future generations.

One example of international cooperation in the field of renewable energy is the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), whose Director-General, Adnan Amin, was also present at the conference. He underlined Germany’s international role as a renewables pioneer. He also made it clear that “the global ‘Energiewende’ has already begun”.

Last updated 27.03.2015


Source: Federal Foreign Office



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