GLOBAL PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND

In every place we work, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is at the forefront of the COVID-19 response to provide urgent humanitarian assistance, slow the virus’s spread, care for the infected, and respond to the broad consequences of the virus.  

As countries across Asia and Africa struggle with multiple waves of infection, AKDN’s ongoing response, including in India, is helping to meet critical needs.  

Many supporters have come forward seeking ways to contribute to the AKDN’s uniquely wide-ranging work to address the crisis. The Global Pandemic Relief Fund has been established to respond to this outpouring of generosity and creates a one-stop portal to support this critical work across all AKDN agencies, including Focus Humanitarian Assistance. 

AKDN’S RESPONSE

Our response to the global threat of COVID-19 includes efforts across multiple areas and is expanding as things change:

  • Providing emergency food aid, basic medicines, and shelter to vulnerable groups
  • Supporting a multitude of public health measures to “flatten the curve”
  • Providing high-quality medical care to those infected

The AKDN response is unique because it brings expertise from all agencies together in a coordinated way. Learn more here.

AKDN’S RESPONSE

Our response to the global threat of COVID-19 includes efforts across multiple areas and is expanding as things change:

  • Providing emergency food aid, basic medicines, and shelter to vulnerable groups
  • Supporting a multitude of public health measures to “flatten the curve”
  • Providing high-quality medical care to those infected

The AKDN response is unique because it brings expertise from all agencies together in a coordinated way. Learn more here.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you wish to support the pandemic response efforts, a contribution may be made to the Global Pandemic Relief Fund.

On behalf of all of us at AKF and the countless people we serve, thank you.

HOW YOUR GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the generosity of our donors and the collaboration of our long-standing institutional partners, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has worked with communities in Africa and Asia to reach:

  • 9.4 million people with public awareness messages on COVID-19 prevention;
  • 800,000 people through social safety nets, such as cash transfers and food distribution;
  • 135,000 children through distance learning – from early childhood development to secondary studies.

Here are just a few examples of the AKDN’s response efforts on the ground to date:

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In India, the Aga Khan Health Services is supporting eight community facilities to provide first aid and oxygen to coronavirus patients, and the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mumbai has treated more than 1,800 COVID-19 patients and administered thousands of vaccinations.  

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“CoronaCheck,” a new mobile application that allows users to conduct self-assessments at home while raising awareness of measures to prevent COVID-19, was launched by the Aga Khan University Hospital in collaboration with Alberta Health Services.
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In remote regions of Pakistan, Aga Khan Health Services and Aga Khan Foundation mobilized communities to raise awareness and dispel myths about COVID-19, with a focus on overcoming gender barriers to help women and girls make decisions about their own health.

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Across Tajikistan, AKF and partners installed drinking water supply systems in several small villages. Reliable and safe access to clean water will help protect these communities during the current COVID-19 crisis.

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The AKDN has been active in Kenya for more than 100 years. Recognizing that COVID-19 is far more than a health crisis, our agencies in Kenya have taken a multi-pronged approach to pandemic response, spanning health care, education, food relief, distribution of personal protective equipment, and media campaigns to educate the public.
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Thanks to a team of researchers, clinical laboratory experts, and biomedical engineers at Aga Khan University, Pakistan is now able to locally produce nasal swabs. The team developed a 3D-printed nasal swab, proven in clinical trials to be as safe, effective, and user-friendly as imported swabs.

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When COVID-19 struck, Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) ensured that students could keep learning from home in India. Recognizing the many stresses of the pandemic for students, teachers, and their families, AKES’s virtual classrooms not only nurtured the mind, but also promoted health and well-being.

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Food distribution has always been a critical aspect of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s (AKAH) COVID-19 relief efforts, but it has been particularly important in addressing the economic crisis in Tajikistan caused by the pandemic, as many households lost income and vital remittances due to domestic and international lockdowns.

QUESTIONS?

For questions or additional information, please contact our donor services team at [email protected] or at 1-800-267-2532.