What We Do

Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3.5 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 700 million people live in extreme poverty (less than USD $1.90 a day), the majority of whom are in Africa and Asia.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada tackles the root causes of this poverty through a holistic and interconnected set of programs. These initiatives address people’s most pressing needs and enable them to unlock their full potential, with a particular focus on marginalized groups like women and girls.

Our programs aim to ensure access to high quality education and health care, ensure food security, improve economic well-being, and develop resilient communities and societies.

In A Heartbeat: The Family Man

“They used to deliver at home and everything ends there. But with me, the difference is that I take my

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

In A Heartbeat: Building Blocks

“This is the largest hospital in the region, it’s actually the sub-county hospital, meaning that it gets referrals from all

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

In A Heartbeat: The Volunteers

“After I [became a community health volunteer], I wanted to use it to save the lives of women. To save the

In A Heartbeat: Beyond the Clinic

“A disease is just a medical condition. What makes a difference is how soon or how close you can access

Higher education and COVID-19: How Aga Khan University has risen to the challenge

“Among the founding principles that were set out by the Chancellor, was that AKU…should be able to serve [the] populations in which

Building partnerships through a pandemic

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic is a shared global experience. For students, the pandemic continues to disrupt their educational

Supporting early learners in challenging circumstances

Over the past months, we’ve learned that COVID-19 is more than a health crisis. The pandemic has disrupted our regular