Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:39 am Post subject: Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess salwa
24 October 2014
H.H. The Aga Khan IV has announced to his Jamat (community) in a special message read in the Jamatkhanas (places of prayers and congregation) around the world that Princess Salwa is expecting her first baby.
Aga Khan’s eldest son Prince Rahim and his wife Kendra Salwa Spears expecting their first child
Published: October 24, 2014
The Aga Khan’s eldest son Prince Rahim and his wife Princess Salwa (Kendra Salwa Spears) are expecting their first child, the spiritual leader of the global Shia Ismaili Muslim community announced Friday.
“Expressing his greatest happiness, Mawlana Hazar Imam informed the Jamat (community) today that Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their first child,” said a statement on the Ismail.org. “Around the world, Ismailis are gathering in Jamatkhanas (mosques) to celebrate the happy news.”
Prince Rahim, involved in the poverty reduction efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network — one of the largest private agencies fostering social, cultural and economic development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East — married Seattle fashion model Kendra Spears on 31 August last year in Geneva, Switzerland.
Aitmadi Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF), sent a message of congratulations to the entire family on the happy occasion.
Kendra Spears est enceinte
La princesse Salwa Aga Khan bientôt maman
L’heureuse nouvelle a été très officiellement annoncée vendredi 24 octobre 2014. La famille de l’Aga Khan va s’agrandir d’un bébé.
Heureux événement pour Kendra Spears et le prince Rahim Aga Khan. Le couple attend son premier enfant. La très belle mannequin américaine, âgée de 26 ans, a épousé il y a un peu plus d’un an le fils aîné du prince Karim Aga Khan IV.
C’est d’ailleurs l’Aga Khan lui-même, leader spirituel des musulmans ismaéliens (une branche minoritaire du chiisme) qui a révélé l’heureuse nouvelle. Un communiqué mis en ligne vendredi 24 octobre sur le site officiel TheIsmaili.org, annonce ainsi que c’était «avec le plus grand bonheur que Mawlana Hazar Imam (Karim Aga Khan IV, ndlr) informait la communauté ismaélienne que le prince Rahim et la princesse Salwa attendaient leur premier enfant».
La jolie jeune femme n’a pas arrêté son métier de mannequin
Le texte appelle aussi les Ismaéliens du monde entier à célébrer, dans leurs lieux de culte, cette bonne nouvelle. Une photo accompagnait ce message. Prise au moment de leur mariage le 31 août 2013 à Genève en Suisse, elle figure le prince Rahim et son épouse dans un parc arboré.
Le prince Rahim est le fils de Karim Aga Khan IV et de sa première femme Sarah Croker Poole. Depuis son union avec le fils de l’Aga Khan, de près de 17 ans son aîné, Kendra Spears porte le nom de princesse Salwa et s’est également convertie à l’islam. Malgré ses nouvelles responsabilités princières, la jolie jeune femme qui n’a pas pour autant arrêté son métier de mannequin.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan : Sa belle princesse Salwa Kendra Spears est enceinte !
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Portrait du prince Rahim Aga Khan et de Kendra Salwa Spears (princesse Salwa) à l'occasion de leur mariage célébré le 31 août 2013 au château de Bellerive, à Genève en Suisse.
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Portrait du prince Rahim Aga Khan et de Kendra Salwa Spears (princesse Salwa) à l'occasion de leur mariage célébré le 31 août 2013 au château de Bellerive, à Genève en Suisse.
Portrait du prince Rahim Aga Khan et de Kendra Salwa Spears (princesse Salwa) à l'occasion de leur mariage célébré le 31 août 2013 au château de Bellerive, à Genève en Suisse.
Le Prince Rahim Aga Khan et son épouse, la princesse Salwa (née Kendra Spears) attendent leur premier enfant. L'ancien mannequin américain aussi surnommé "la nouvelle Cindy Crawford" (en raison de son grain de beauté près de sa bouche), est enceinte de son premier enfant, un an après avoir épousé l'homme de sa vie, en Suisse.
L'annonce a été faite de manière officielle, par voie de communiqué, transmis au site theismaili.org, site référent et officiel sur l'actualité des musulmans chiites ismaéliens. Et c'est l'Aga Khan (quatrième du nom, aussi appelé Karim Aga Khan et Mawlana Hazar Imam), père du prince Rahim Aga Khan, qui a porté la bonne nouvelle au monde.
"C'est avec bonheur que Mawlana Hazar Imam a informé la communauté que le Prince Rahim et la princesse Salwa attendaient leur premier enfant. Les Ismaéliens du monde sont appelés à célébrer cette bonne nouvelle, en se réunissant dans nos lieux de culte. Aitmadi Mahmoud Eboo, Président de la LIF (Forum international des leaders Ismaéliens) a adressé un message de félicitations à Mawlana Hazar Imam", peut-on lire sur le communiqué d'une dizaine de lignes.
Fils aîné de l'Aga Khan, leader spirituel de la communauté chiite ismaélienne, le prince Rahim, âgé de 42 ans, a épousé l'ancienne star de la mode de 26 ans le 31 août 2013 au château de Bellerive, sur les bords du Lac Léman, lors d'une magnifique cérémonie conduite selon la religion musulmane à laquelle l'Américaine s'est convertie.
Kendra Spears, devenue l'époustouflante princesse Salwa, est originaire de Seattle et s'était fait un nom dans la mode en posant pour Louis Vuitton ou encore Dolce & Gabbana et Armani.
Prince Rahim and Kendra Spears at their September 2013 wedding
"Around the world, Ismailis are gathering in Jamatkhanas (place of worship) to celebrate the happy news," the statement online read, before adding that "warmest wishes" had been sent to Rahim and Kendra.
The 26-year-old fashion model earned her royal title after marrying her husband, 43, in a private ceremony in September 2013.
The brunette beauty, who goes by the Twitter description, "a model, among other things," wore a traditional ivory and gold dress lined with gold embroidery on her big day. Kendra also had her hair swept back in a classic bun, showing off her thick diamond earrings and matching tiered necklace.
Prince Rahim, 43, and Kendra Spears, 26, are expecting their first child
Prince Rahim and Kendra wed in a picturesque service in the grounds of the Château de Bellerive, overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
The lovebirds were surrounded by their family and close friends for the celebration and, following in the royal family's custom, had a traditional Muslim ceremony.
The nuptials started with the recitation of a traditional "qasida" in the Farsi language, a poem that speaks in praise of someone. This was then followed by the "nikah", the marriage ceremony that was overseen by His Eminence Sayyed Muhammad Musawi, a prominent Shia faith leader.
Kendra Spears was styled as Princess Salwa Aga Khan following her marriage
Kendra, who has been compared to Cindy Crawford for the mole on her upper lip, has modelled for respected fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
The Seattle-born beauty is not the only model to marry into the royal family. Her father-in-law married British model Sarah "Sally" Croker-Poole, and his grandfather was married to iconic actress Rita Hayworth.
2nd October 2016 - Pris, France - Princess Salwa at the Arc de Triomphe horse race in Chantilly. H.H. The Aga Khan informed his community last Friday of his happiness that Princess Salwa and Prince Rahim are expecting their second child early in the new year. Scroll down for more photos!
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Salwa Aga Khan: Prinz Rahim und Prinzessin Salwa Aga Khan
Salwa Aga Khan Prinzessin ist wieder schwanger
Salwa Aga Khan ist wieder schwanger. Zusammen mit Gemahl Prinz Rahim erwartet die Prinzessin ihr zweites Kind
Salwa Aga Khan, 28, und ihr Mann Prinz Rahim, 44, freuen sich auf ihr zweites Kind. Die Schwangerschaft der Prinzessin wurde jetzt vom Brautvater Prinz Karim Aga Khan, 79, verkündet. Er ist der religiöse Führer der ismailitischen Nizariten, einer islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft mit circa 20 Millionen Anhängern weltweit.
Salwa Aga Khan und Prinz Rahim werden wieder Eltern
Auf der offiziellen Homepage der Ismailiten, "theismaili.org", schreibt Prinz Karim Aga Khan: "Es bereitet mir die größte Freude zu verkünden, dass Prinz Rahim und Prinzessin Salwa ihr zweites Kind erwarten. Diese wundervollen Neuigkeiten, welche ich mit Ihnen teilen darf, bringen immense Freude und Glückseligkeit für unsere Familie und die ganze ismailitische Gemeinschaft".
Sie haben bereits einen Sohn
Das Paar durfte sich im Jahr 2015 bereits über die Geburt ihres Sohnes Prinz Irfan freuen, der am 11. April im schweizerischen Genf das Licht der Welt erblickte. Salwa Aga Khan und Prinz Rahim gaben sich 2013 im Château de Bellerive am Genfer See das Ja-Wort. Mit der Eheschließung legte das ehemalige US-Model Kendra Spears auch ihren Geburtsnamen ab - und ist seither als Prinzessin Salwa Aga Khan bekannt.
Salwa Aga Khan Princess is again pregnant
Salwa Aga Khan is pregnant again. Together with husband Prince Rahim the princess expects her second child [/ b]
Salwa Aga Khan, 28, and her husband Prince Rahim, 44, look forward to their second child. The princess 's pregnancy was now proclaimed by the bride' s father, Prince Karim Aga Khan, 79. He is the religious leader of the Ismaili Nizarites, an Islamic religious community with about 20 million followers worldwide.
Salwa Aga Khan and Prince Rahim become parents again
On the Ismailite official website, "theismaili.org," Prince Karim writes to Aga Khan: "It is my greatest pleasure to announce that Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their second child, this wonderful news which I may share with you , Bring immense joy and bliss to our family and the entire Ismaili community. "
You already have a son
In 2015, the couple were already able to look forward to the birth of their son, Prince Irfan, who saw the light of day on 11 April in Geneva, Switzerland. Salwa Aga Khan and Prince Rahim gave themselves the 2013 word in the Château de Bellerive on Lake Geneva. With the close-up, former US model Kendra Spears also took her birth name - and has since been known as Princess Salwa Aga Khan.
Aiglemont, 12 January 2017 — It is with great happiness that Mawlana Hazar Imam has announced that Princess Salwa has given birth to a baby boy named Sinan.
Born in London, United Kingdom on 2 January, Prince Sinan is the second child of Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, and a little brother to Prince Irfan, who was born on 11 April 2015.
“Prince Sinan’s birth has brought immense joy to our family,” wrote Mawlana Hazar Imam in a message to the global Jamat. “We are most touched by your kind thoughts and prayers over the period leading to Sinan’s birth.”
Ismailis around the world are gathering at Jamatkhanas to celebrate Prince Sinan’s birth. On behalf of the Jamat, the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum and various National Councils have sent messages of congratulations to Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa and to their families, with prayers for Prince Sinan’s long life and wellbeing.
The Meaning of Sinan, the Name of the Second Prince Welcomed by Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan
14 January 2017
Report compiled by Abdulmalik Merchant
Poem by Shariffa Keshavjee
In a special talika (written message) read out in Ismaili jamatkhanas on Friday, January 13, 2017, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, informed his world-wide community that Princess Salwa gave birth to a baby boy named Sinan in London, England, on January 2, 2017. The Princess is married to Prince Rahim Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam’s oldest son. The couple was married in a nikah ceremony in September 2013, and their first child Prince Irfan was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 April, 2015.
Prince Rahim has an older sister, Princess Zahra, and two brothers younger than him, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim with Prince Irfan, and Princess Salwa at the 80th birthday celebration. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
Princess Salwa and Prince Rahim, who is holding Prince Irfan, pictured recently during the 80th birthday celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan (right) held in Aiglemont. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
“Prince Sinan’s birth has brought immense joy to our family,” wrote Mawlana Hazar Imam in the talika, and added that “We are most touched by your kind thoughts and prayers over the period leading to Sinan’s birth.” In the talika, he conveyed his affectionate loving blessings to his followers, whom he addresses as his spiritual children.
Hello magazine reported the birth of Prince Sinan as the world’s first royal baby of 2017!
We rejoice with our thousands of readers around the world on the wonderful news of the birth of Prince Sinan, and join with jamats around the world to congratulate Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa as well as their son Prince Irfan, and all the members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s and Princess Salwa’s families.
We sincerely hope and pray that the birth of Prince Sinan may bring immense barakah to jamats worldwide. We also pray for Prince Sinan’s long life and wellbeing.
The Meaning of Sinan
Sinan is an Arabic name for boys meaning spearhead. It is derived from the root word S-N-N which is used in the Qur’an. Sinan is pronounced [(SI)mple] + [(NA)p + (N)ew] with emphasis on the second syllable. Wikipedia mentions that the name might also be related to the Ancient Greek name Sinon.
In Ismaili history, the name Sinan is associated with the revered personality of Rashid al-din Sinan, one of the greatest and most valiant of the Syrian Isma’ili da’is of the thirteenth century A.C.
By Shariffa Keshavjee
A miracle, a gift today a child that comes to us
Our bending is of gladness in the archers hand to us
He loves the arrow that flies, the bow so stable for us
The archer sees the mark upon the path for us
Bends it with his might, the arrow goes far for us
The name of Sinan brings the memory of
Aleppo and Masyaf to us
His philosophy as dai forever imprinted on us
The balance of the zahir and batin as it come to us
A reciprocal social relationship of balance within us
Weaving a tapestry of din-dunia
In this our Diamond Jubilee year, your birth bring to us
Great tidings of gladness and joy within us
Our many faceted diamond is aglow for us.
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Les premières photos du prince Sinan, petit-fils de l’Aga Khan
Paris Match| Publié le 10/03/2017 à 20h55 |Mis à jour le 10/03/2017 à 20h58
Le prince Karim Aga Khan IV le 10 décembre 2016. A droite, sa belle-fille la princesse Salwa et son petit-fils le prince Sinan Yann Bohac/SIPA - DR/page Facebook TheIsmaili
Le prince Rahim Aga Khan et son épouse la princesse Salwa, née Kendra Spears, ont dévoilé des photos de leur bébé né il y a deux mois.
Le 12 janvier dernier, un communiqué publié sur TheIsmaili.org, le site officiel des Ismaéliens nizârites, annonçait une heureuse nouvelle. Le leader spirituel de cette branche minoritaire du chiisme, le prince Karim Aga Khan IV (Mawlana Hazar Imam pour les Ismaéliens) était à nouveau grand-père. Sa belle-fille la princesse Salwa, épouse de son fils le prince Rahim Aga Khan, avait donné naissance, le 2 janvier 2017 à Londres, à leur deuxième enfant, un garçon prénommé Sinan.
Trois adorables photos du prince Sinan ont été diffusées
Au début de ce mois de mars 2017, le petit prince Sinan se retrouve à l’honneur sur le site TheIsmaili.org. Il dévoile pour la première fois son visage sur trois clichés, également publiés sur Facebook. Sur le premier, il prend la pose dans les bras de son papa, tandis que son grand frère le prince Irfan, âgé de bientôt 2 ans, est dans ceux de leur ravissante maman. Un deuxième cliché montre le quatuor dans une autre disposition. Cette fois, Irfan est devant le prince Rahim Aga Khan, tandis que Sinan est porté par la princesse Salwa. Enfin, une troisième image, en noir et blanc, montre la jeune mère souriant à son bébé qui ne la quitte pas des yeux.
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La princesse Salwa Aga Khan a accouché de son deuxième enfant
Paris Match| Publié le 16/01/2017 à 23h30 |Mis à jour le 17/01/2017 à 00h29
Epouse du prince Rahim Aga Khan, la princesse Salwa, née Kendra Spears, a donné naissance à son second enfant, un garçon.
L’heureuse nouvelle a été officiellement annoncée, ce jeudi 12 janvier 2017, via un communiqué mis en ligne sur TheIsmaili.org, le site officiel des Ismaéliens nizârites. Le leader spirituel de cette branche minoritaire du chiisme, le prince Karim Aga Khan IV (Mawlana Hazar Imam pour les Ismaéliens) est à nouveau grand-père. Sa belle-fille la princesse Salwa, épouse de son fils le prince Rahim Aga Khan, a donné naissance, le 2 janvier 2017 à Londres, à un garçon. Et le petit prince se prénomme Sinan.
Dans ce communiqué, le prince Karim Aga Khan IV souligne: «La naissance du Prince Sinan a apporté une immense joie à notre famille», ajoutant: «Nous sommes très touchés par vos pensées et vos prières durant la période qui a conduit à la naissance de Sinan.»
Le prince Rahim et la princesse Salwa étaient déjà parents d’un premier fils
Agé de 45 ans, le prince Rahim est le fils aîné du prince Karim Aga Khan IV et de sa première femme la princesse Salimah, née Sarah Croker-Poole. Il a épousé le 31 août 2013 à Genève en Suisse la mannequin américaine Kendra Spears, de presque 17 ans sa cadette. Laquelle porte le nom de princesse Salwa depuis sa conversion à l’islam et son mariage. Le couple était déjà parent du prince Irfan, qui a vu le jour le 11 avril 2015 à Genève.
A relire: Carnet rose chez l’Aga Khan - La princesse Salwa est maman
The IIS commemorates its 40th anniversary with guest of honour Prince Rahim Aga Khan
On 25 November 1977, His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated The Institute of Ismaili Studies. To mark this momentous anniversary, the Board of Governors hosted a celebration for staff, visiting faculty and students on Friday 24 November, with Prince Rahim Aga Khan in attendance. The event celebrated the role of the people who have contributed to developing an academic centre for Ismaili studies, that has had a significant impact on the field of Shi‘i and Ismaili studies in the last 40 years.
During the celebration, Prince Rahim thanked members of staff, for their contributions to the work of the Institute, and their commitment to His Highness’ vision. He remarked that this was a momentous day, where we should reflect on the Institute’s progress and achievements, and celebrate the people who have made this possible. He further commented on how the students are the life blood of the Institute and our future leaders. Reflecting on the formation of IIS, Prince Rahim considered how it was prescient and timely. He said that we have been dealing with the globalisation of the Jamat and its patterns of migration, which has made it even more important to be able to provide the Jamat with authentic, and well-prepared materials to enable an understanding of its history and heritage, and of matters of faith and practice. Prince Rahim noted that IIS is a unique institution which has been breaking new ground and has created something which doesn’t exist elsewhere.
Prince Rahim also congratulated and recognised long-serving members of staff, who have been employed by the Institute for 20 years or more – including Mr Shams Vellani, who has been with the Institute since it was founded.
Other staff members who have been with the Institute for over 20 years, and were recognised included: Dr Jalal Badakhchani - 27 years; Rita Bishop - 20 years; Dr Farhad Daftary - 29 years; Dr Aziz Esmail - 29 years; Joy Johnson - 27 years; Kutub Kassam - 34 years; Khadija Lalani - 28 years; Hadi Mirshahi - 24 years; Alnoor Nathani - 23 years; Shamim Salaam - 22 years; Anna Spinola - 33 years and Dr Shiraz Thobani - 34 years.
Since its establishment in 1977 - with six members of staff - the IIS has seen significant growth and now employs over 115 people.
The library was one of the first endeavours of the IIS, and has established itself as a central repository and resource for Ismaili and Islamic Studies. Over time, the collection has grown to hold 42,000 volumes and has been entrusted with the collections of eminent Islamic Studies scholars, such as Professors Mohammed Arkoun and Anne-Marie Schimmel, Dr Zahid Ali and Muhammad Ali Hamdani. More recently Dr Daftary, has generously pledged his entire personal collection ofover 5000 books, to the library.
The IIS published its first book, Henri Corbin’s Cyclical Time and Ismaili Gnosis, in 1983. To date, the Institute has produced 138 publications and translated many titles into French, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese and Russian. It has also developed and published a series of religious education curriculum for the Ismaili community – for pre-school to secondary school aged children. The IIS secondary curriculum modules have been published in 10 languages and are currently being used in 25 countries.
Preservation and study of Ismaili heritage has been integral to the work of the IIS since the beginning. In its care is one of the most significant repositories of materials related to Ismaili communities in the world. Over 3,000 manuscripts are held in the Ismaili special collections, including one of the oldest Ismaili manuscripts in the world from the 14th century.
Another aspect of the mandate of the organisation is the development of people. Since 2001, over 3,000 people have participated in professional development and education programmes led by the IIS, such as Leadership Orientation Programmes for the Jamat, Waezeen Training and the Summer Programme on Islam. In addition, over 550 people have graduated from programmes offered by the IIS, including 240 students from the Secondary Teacher Education Programme and 223 from Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities. The Institute has awarded 45 doctoral scholarships since 1997.
Achieving success is always a challenging endeavour. For IIS, building on that success, into the next decades may be as demanding as it has been for the first four decades of its life. However, this is now the task ahead for everyone who is engaged with the future of the Institute.
Prince Rahim said that Institute of Ismaili Studies provides to the community original and authentic material regarding the Ismaili Muslim faith and practices. (Foundational are Farmans -guidance - of and from Imams , and the Hazar Imam, including the Ismaili constitution)
Prince Rahim “said that we have been dealing with the globalisation of the Jamat and its patterns of migration, which has made it even more important to be able “to provide the Jamat with authentic, and well-prepared materials to enable an understanding of its history and heritage, and of matters of faith and practice”
Having reliable and authentic facts, understanding and sharing them is critical to increasing understanding and reducing misinformation and misperceptions. This is also what Hazar Imam has said.
The above event was by invitation, and held at The 5 Star Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge London. Long serving staff and those who contributed to IIS were given recognition.
Prince Rahim noted that IIS is a unique institution which has been breaking new ground and has created something which doesn’t exist elsewhere.”
The day before on 23rd November at the Ismaili centre London, IIS had an evening where the community was invited to celebrate 40 Years and the IIS Team shared the challenges and achievements (past present and future).
Prince Rahim was not present at this event at the Ismaili Centre London
Fred Hutch and Aga Khan University set stage for a global health collaboration
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and his wife, Princess Salwa, tour labs
March 11, 2019
| By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service
Princess Salwa Aga Khan and her husband, Prince Rahim, discuss research at the laboratory of Dr. Stanley Riddell during their tour of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Tuesday formally announced a goal to collaborate on global health programs with Aga Khan University, which operates medical schools and hospitals throughout the developing world.
Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch, and Firoz Rasul, president of Aga Khan University, signed a memorandum of understanding on March 5 outlining their intentions to develop a five-year relationship to advance cancer research and training and help build an improved medical infrastructure.
As outlined in the memorandum, the Hutch’s Global Oncology Program would work with Aga Khan University on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related diseases, with a focus on Africa, where the Hutch has research laboratories in Kampala, Uganda and Cape Town, South Africa.
“The vision we share is to see how we can improve outcomes for cancer globally,” said Gilliland at the Hutch campus, as he welcomed dignitaries including Prince Rahim Aga Khan and his wife, Princess Salwa.
“We must work together to enable this vision, as the global impact of cancer continues to increase. That is the extraordinary value of our collaboration with Aga Khan University. Together we can make an enormous difference in the burgeoning global cancer problem,” Gilliland said.
Prince Rahim is the eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, a culturally diverse community of 15 million living in 25 countries. The Aga Khan is founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, which is known for establishing universities, schools, hospitals, housing and economic development programs in resource-poor regions.
Founded by its namesake, The Aga Khan University is a private, nonprofit organization that operates schools in six countries — Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Kingdom. It supports medical centers that annually treat more than 2 million people.
“Hope,” said Gilliland, “is something that motivates us every day at the Hutch. We must assure that patients have hope, and that they have access.” He praised Aga Khan University for its “deep, extensive experience” in ensuring access to care in the countries where it provides health services.
Aga Khan University President Rasul has run the multinational institution since 2006. He said that both the university and Fred Hutch shared something rare in global health: “We are institution-builders.”
'Moments in the life of an institution when all the stars align'
In Kampala, his organization is building a new Aga Khan University Hospital on 60 acres granted to it by the Ugandan government. Rasul said the university has been devoted to diversity and helping the disadvantaged. Half of its graduates were the first in their family to attend a university. Two-thirds of today’s students are women, as are more than half of its medical students.
He said partnerships like this one with Fred Hutch were needed, because cancer kills more people in the developing world than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. “There are moments in the life of an institution when all the stars align, everything slides into place, and you feel certain you are on the right path. This is one of those moments,” he said.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa took a tour of the Hutch laboratory of Dr. Stanley Riddell, scientific director of the Hutch’s Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center. No stranger to the Pacific Northwest, Princess Salwa is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Washington.
Transforming our understanding of cancers in Africa
The couple also visited the lab of Dr. Hootie Warren, head of the Hutch’s Global Oncology Program. There, Dr. Manoj Menon described several research initiatives underway in Uganda, including a clinical study for breast cancer.
One study is testing the feasibility of a three-drug chemotherapy regimen that patients will be able to take orally — a more practical formulation than intravenous infusions that are difficult to manage in resource-poor settings. The program is also evaluating the use of PCR, a diagnostic tool readily available in Africa for the management of HIV, to determine whether molecules on the surface of the breast cancer tumors were susceptible to certain drugs — information regularly used to determine treatment options in the U.S.
Warren told the gathering that the African population of 1.4 billion is expected to rise to 4.2 billion by the end of this century. He suggested that advanced technologies, such as single-cell analysis of tumor samples — a cutting-edge technique now used in the United States — could help transform our understanding of cancers in Africa. He also praised the emerging capability of the UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre, the Kampala laboratory jointly operated by the Hutch and the Uganda Cancer Institute — to sequence the entire genomes of tumor samples using recently installed instruments.
“From our footprint in Kampala, and hopefully along with Aga Khan University, we will generate advances that can change lives and cure cancers for millions of people,” Warren said.
Sabin Russell is a staff writer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. For two decades he covered medical science, global health and health care economics for the San Francisco Chronicle, and wrote extensively about infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and a freelance writer for the New York Times and Health Affairs. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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7 March 2020 Prince Rahim visited AKU Hospital in Nairobi with Princess Salwa, Yusuf Keshavjee - member of the Board of Trustee of AKU and others. Both Prince and Princess waved to the Jamat waiting for them since several hours.
Prince Rahim visits East Africa to evaluate AKDN’s response to environmental sustainability and climate change
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In early March, Prince Rahim, accompanied by his wife, Princess Salwa, visited Kenya and Tanzania, to better understand the plans and responses of the various institutions and agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) towards environmental sustainability and climate action.
Prince Rahim’s visit to Kenya took place in his capacity as Chair of the AKDN Environment and Climate Committee (ECC), which was recently established to develop a policy framework on priorities related to the environment and climate change for implementation by AKDN globally.
During their 6-day visit to Kenya, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visited a number of AKDN institutions and projects to learn more about what each is doing to mitigate environmental degradation through specific interventions such as adopting renewable energy, harvesting rainwater, recycling waste, and planting trees.
At the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa met with administrators, faculty and students, where they heard about the school’s initiatives to integrate knowledge on the environment and climate into the curriculum as well as about student projects focusing on finding solutions to the challenge of environmental degradation and climate change.
In Nairobi, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visited a number of companies that comprise Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) focusing on infrastructure and industrial development. These included Farmer’s Choice, Frigoken and Allpack Industries.
In Murang’a County, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa saw how Frigoken – an IPS agro-industrial company working with farmers to add value to their products – has partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to introduce climate change adaptation measures to help small-scale farmers, including water pans for harvesting rainwater, drip irrigation, agroforestry and composting.
In Nairobi, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were shown how Allpack Industries, an IPS company that manufactures corrugated cardboard, has introduced a biomass boiler, as well as a 560KW solar power unit, among other interventions, to enhance energy efficiency, reduce water use and improve on industrial waste management.
While at the Nation Media Group’s state-of-the-art printing plant, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were taken through measures that the media house has put into place to reduce energy consumption, improve industrial waste management and enhance safety on site. They also learned about NMG’s tree planting, awareness raising, and community engagement activities.
The Prince and Princess also visited Serena Hotel Nairobi, part of the Tourism Promotion Services (TPS) division of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Among other environmental initiatives, Serena Hotels have introduced solar power generation capacity at many of their safari lodges in Kenya.
At the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, the visitors were shown plans for the new 12-storey University Centre, the Specialty Children’s Hospital and the proposed University Hospital in Kampala. Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa also made a day trip to Arusha, Tanzania to see AKU’s land there and to learn about the university’s community outreach initiatives including its agricultural demonstration plots aimed at teaching local farmers about innovative agricultural techniques. Discussions with AKU in Nairobi and Arusha centred on environmental sustainability initiatives and the energy efficiency and environment-friendly strategies that the university is aiming to put in place for its upcoming projects.
In Nakuru County, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visited KenGen’s Olkaria Geothermal Power Station near Naivasha — the oldest and largest geothermal power station in Africa — where they received a tour of the facility and a presentation on the importance of geothermal power as part of Kenya’s overall energy mix.
On Monday 9 March, Prince Rahim chaired a Roundtable with AKDN agencies and key external stakeholders and partners in the environmental field to discuss progress and the potential for enhanced partnerships and joint action.
The Roundtable, which was held at the historic Town Jamatkhana (Khoja Mosque), was attended by members of the AKDN Environment and Climate Committee (ECC): Princess Salwa, Dr Paul Dhalla and Mr Lutaf Kassam. Also in attendance were the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kenya, Dr Azim Lakhani and other senior leadership from AKDN agencies in Kenya. Representatives from various other organisations also participated, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Trillion Trees initiative and Global Wildlife Conservancy.
Key objectives of the Roundtable included learning about the initiatives of AKDN and its partners around environmental sustainability; challenges encountered and lessons learned from the implementation of these initiatives; and exploring possibilities for enhanced collaboration between AKDN and its partners aimed at developing practical and feasible programmes likely to have a positive impact.
Significant outcomes from the discussions included a commitment to enhancing joint efforts to collaborate on raising awareness about climate change and to mitigate risks; scaling up existing sustainability initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption; developing climate mitigation strategies and metrics, as well as nature-based solutions to offset carbon emissions throughout AKDN.
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