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 them, especially women.”  

Dr. Hajira was the first female doctor in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. When she started working at the Faizabad hospital more than 25 years ago, there were only four beds for women – and they were rarely used, since all the doctors were men. Today, she is the head of a dedicated gynecology and obstetrics ward that treats hundreds of women every year.  

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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