Health

The challenge: We all deserve to reach our highest standard of health, but rates of disease and premature death remain unacceptably high across Africa and Asia. Every year, more than five million children die globally before their fifth birthday, and this risk is twice as high for children born into poverty. Risks are also high for women: the proportion of women who do not survive childbirth is 14 times higher in the developing world than it is in developed countries like Canada. To tackle these challenges and meet the global goals to improve health for all, it is estimated that 18 million more health workers are needed by 2030 worldwide.

Our solution: Working with governments, private institutions, local communities, and global experts, we invest in strong healthcare systems to ensure everyone – including marginalized groups like women and girls – can reach their highest standard of health. Our programs help people make healthy choices, and get quality care when an issue arises – even in remote areas. We promote public health awareness, training for professionals of all kinds, and improvements to a range of facilities, from basic rural clinics to specialized centres for treatment and research on a global scale.

In A Heartbeat: Breaking Barriers

“When I was pregnant, I used to work full time, even until the ninth month… My husband encouraged me. My

The spark of a brighter future

Programming supported by AKFC and the Government of Canada aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of some of the most vulnerable women and adolescent girls in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, one of the poorest regions in the world.

In A Heartbeat: Finding Her Voice

“We don’t need to prove that women are strong. Women are already strong. Our mission is to change the perception

In A Heartbeat: Reporting for Duty

“Since I was seven, that was my dream. To become a nurse. I had a grandfather who was also a

In A Heartbeat: Delivering Hope

“When a number of women in our family lost their lives during labour, and many babies passed away, and then

In A Heartbeat: The Island Doctor

“The challenge of being a female doctor is that many of the patients come and instead of calling you doctor,

In A Heartbeat: The Family Man

“They used to deliver at home and everything ends there. But with me, the difference is that I take my

In A Heartbeat: The First Lady

“I wanted to become a doctor to serve people. I had no other goal but to save people and help

In A Heartbeat: Building Blocks

“This is the largest hospital in the region, it’s actually the sub-county hospital, meaning that it gets referrals from all