In A Heartbeat: Leading the Charge

Even though the war was going on, people did not approve of girls going to school, especially going to nursing college. My father supported me and gave me hope. Luckily, I was able to become a nurse.” 

Elaha is the first woman in her family to pursue higher education. She has risen quickly to become the head of nursing and midwifery at the Faizabad hospital in Afghanistan, where she is responsible for scheduling and overseeing all the nurses at the hospital – and has become the primary breadwinner in her family. 

In a Heartbeat features the stories of people who are championing better health in their communities. Learn how Canadians are helping communities in Africa and Asia drive progress – and how these women and men are changing lives, one heartbeat at a time.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada invests in support and training for community members and a range of healthcare professionals who are champions for change. With the support of the Government of Canada and thousands of individual Canadians, our programs promote the empowerment of women and girls, and invest in health and nutrition, education, economic inclusion, agriculture and food security, early childhood development, and civil society across Africa and Asia.  

Footage for this film was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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