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.
Earlier this month, Deborah Lyons, Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to Afghanistan, met with Governor Tahir Zohair and local officials in the province of Bamyan in Northern Afghanistan.
Four years ago, Laya Hoor took a walk through the village of Ghulmet, on the banks of the Hunza River. The craggy peaks of northern Pakistan’s mountain ranges rose around her on all sides, so high that they skimmed the clouds drifting by.
A healthy body and mind are fundamental to a good quality of life. In Canada, we have the building blocks of good health: nutritious food, clean water, sanitary living conditions, and access to medical care.