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.

She was “the woman who loses all the babies”

Jennifer Yang is an award-winning journalist with the Toronto Star, where she currently writes about identity and inequality.

Ebola, one year later

Kayla Hounsell’s project focused on the legacy of Ebola in Liberia, and how the country is working to prevent another outbreak.

Saving lives in the mountains of Afghanistan

Every morning Dr. Hajira tours the maternity wards at the Faizabad hospital with other doctors and trainees.

Women delivering change

Jane Wanyama is the CEO of Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu. Her position is rare for a woman in East Africa – or for that matter, anywhere in the world.

Daring to Deliver: Midwives on the Frontlines

Midwives are often on the frontlines of health care in developing countries, delivering crucial patient-centered care to women and their

Projet d’amélioration de l’accès à des services éducatifs de qualité (PASEQ)

Duration: 2014-2017 Location: Mali Reach: 160,500 people (16,200 children and 144,300 parents and adults) Budget: $5.3 million (Global Affairs Canada: $4.5

Partnership For Advancing Human Development In Africa And Asia (PAHDAA)

Duration: 2012-2018 Location: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Egypt, Uganda, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania

Health Action Plan For Afghanistan (HAPA)

Duration: 2015-2020 Location: Afghanistan Reach: 1.26 million (619,250 women and girls; 640,750 men and boys) Budget: $75.2 million (Global Affairs Canada: $55

Aga Khan Development Network Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative

Duration: 2015-2019 Location: India Reach: 101,100 households and 528 schools Budget: $44.2 million (Government of India: $16.9 million; other donors: $14.3 million;