Aga Khan University produces film on effect of plastic on coast beaches
The Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media Communication (GSMC) has produced a documentary that examines the effect of plastic debris in Kenya’s white sand beaches at the Coast.
The institution screened the documentary titled 'Giving Nature a Voice', during a conference on Thursday that brought together environmental stakeholders from both the government and the private sector.
The director of Environmental Reporting Programme at the GSMC Andrew Tkach, said that the region has rich talent that can produce quality film work to help combat some of the regional challenges such as pollution.
Aga Khan University has Rs 103 billion annual economic impact in Pakistan
The Aga Khan University announced today the results of a landmark study which found that AKU has an annual economic impact in Pakistan of Rs 103 billion, or US$ 1 billion, supporting 42,000 jobs. The study also reports that AKU’s spending has a multiplier effect, with every rupee of its direct gross value added generating Rs 7.3 in economic benefits.
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In a key finding, the study reports that AKU is improving the quality of health care and education for the public at large as a pioneer and an influential role model that sparks change within other institutions. The authors call the University “a national innovator and a powerhouse for quality,” and “a nationwide role model for high-quality tertiary education and medical care.”
Aga Khan University receives USD 144,000 for innovative research
Aga Khan University on Friday received grants amounting to USD144,000 to boost innovative research to assist women living with Metastatic breast cancer.
The grant worth USD 25000 from Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge was received by the Head of Medical Oncology Division at Agakhan University, Dr. Asim Shaikh.
The grant was given as a result of a partnership between the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Pfizer Oncology.
“I applied for this grant as I saw an opportunity to address issues of an ignored breast cancer population for whom a lot can be done at the grassroots level, especially in resource-constrained countries like Kenya,” Dr Asim said.
Asim said that the grant will enable Agakhan University to develop an online interactive forum and a mobile app meant for Kenyan women living with Metastatic breast cancer.
Dr. Asim said that patients will have access to psycho-social support, address stigmas, seek relevant clinical information, find links to the nearest healthcare facilities, download helpful information and participate in support group activities in a culturally appropriate and sensitive way.
A consultant pathologist and senior faculty in the department of pathology Dr. Shahin Sayed was also awarded a USD 19,000 research grant by the AKU University Research Council (URC) towards the purchase of Bio-repository equipment in the furtherance of research.
Dr. Angela Koech Etyang, alumni working at AKU’s Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health in East Africa also won a USD 100,000 grant.
According to the Director of the Center, Professor Marleen Temmerman “the grant will support a PhD project led by young Kenyan women scientists on reducing the consequences of unsafe sex such as HIV in young girls”.
The grant was courtesy of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).
AESA is an Africa-led, Africa-centered, and Africa-specific platform for developing strategies, mobilizing resources, implementing science, technology and innovation (STI) programmes in Africa and evaluating the impact of these investments.
Aga Khan University contributes Rs103 billion every year: study
ISLAMABAD: Considered to be among the top medical schools in the country, the Aga Khan University has claimed that it has an annual economic impact of Rs103 billion ($ 1billion) in the country.
The annual economic impact study by the university, conducted by a team of economists from US-based Centennial Group International and launched in Islamabad on Wednesday, found that it was supporting 42,000 jobs. Moreover, it found that Aga Khan University’s (AKU spending has a multiplier effect, with every rupee of its direct gross value added generating Rs 7.3 in economic benefits.
This is the first-ever study of AKU’s economic impact and believed to be the first comprehensive economic impact study of any Pakistani varsity.
AKU supports 33,000 jobs annually in Sindh: study
The Aga Khan University launched on Thursday a landmark study which found that AKU has an annual economic impact in Pakistan of Rs103 billion, or $ 1 billion, and supports 42,000 jobs, including 33,000 in Sindh.
The study also reports that the AKU’s spending has a multiplier effect, with every rupee of its direct gross value added generating Rs7.3 in economic benefits. “This report makes clear the remarkable extent of the Aga Khan University’s economic impact,” said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. “It also tells the story of an institution whose dedication to world-class quality and innovation is matched by its determination to improve the lives of the poor in Sindh and across Pakistan.”
Shahmeer Khan was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a rare and complex congenital heart defect in which he had a combination of four heart defects. A congenital heart defect, it is often called the “blue baby syndrome” because it causes the skin to turn bluish in color as a result of deoxygenated blood in the baby’s system. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common developmental defects, occurring in 1 per cent of the population world-wide.
All babies who have Tetralogy of Fallot need corrective surgery. Without treatment, the child might not grow and develop properly. Untreated cases usually develop severe complications over time, which might result in death or disability by early adulthood.
Shahmeer is among the growing ranks of children born with CHD, who are surviving, thanks to life-saving pediatric cardiology programmes such as the one at the Aga Khan University.
Professor Murad Moosa Khan becomes IASP’s first Asian president
Professor Murad Moosa Khan has been elected as the president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the first Asian as well as the first Pakistani in the 60-year history of the Association.
Khan, professor of psychiatry at the Aga Khan University, was selected as head of the Association at the 29th IASP World Congress.
“To me, this is a challenge as well as an opportunity to work with the global community, IASP professionals and volunteers, to prevent suicidal behaviour i""
n our societies,” said Khan.
Government, UNICEF and AKU embark on National Nutrition Survey
A country-wide survey to collect information on the nutritional status of women and children, food security and household water quality is about to begin under a joint collaboration between the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, the Aga Khan University and UNICEF.
For the first time, the 2018 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) will collect data at the district rather than provincial level, providing targeted insights about the areas that face the greatest nutrition challenges, barriers to adequate food intake and nutrition-related health status, according to speakers at the NNS launch ceremony at the Aga Khan University on Monday.
Cyclists, doctors and philanthropists launch fundraising drive for heart patients at the Aga Khan University Hospital
Karachi, Pakistan, February 11, 2018: The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) partnered with Critical Mass Karachi (CMK), a community of cyclists, to launch a special fund for underserved adult cardiology patients, with a Ride for a Healthy Heart on Sunday.
Over 100 members of CMK participated, cycling from Delawalla in Clifton to the Sports and Rehabilitation Centre at the Aga Khan University’s Stadium Road Campus to raise awareness of the benefits associated with cycling and to support a charitable cause.
The first batch of nurses specialising in the care and treatment of cancer patients from the Aga Khan University (AKU) graduated on Wednesday.
Speaking at the 14th graduation ceremony in Nairobi, the university’s president, Mr Firoz Rasul, said the rising cases of cancer in the country necessitated the creation of a curriculum specifically for nurses handling such patients.
According to Dr Eunice Ndirangu, the head of academics at the school of nursing and midwifery, the oncology course is one of a kind in the country and is only offered at AKU and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
A total of 80 students of AKU graduated.
“The students who just graduated were selected mainly through the support of their counties and their medical service providers who saw the very high need for more specialised skills and knowledge in oncology nursing and palliative care,” Sharon Brownie, the School of Nursing and Midwifery dean, said.
Johnson and Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust will sponsor the course making it possible for more students to be trained in the next class.
The valedictorian of this year’s ceremony was a graduand of the higher diploma in oncology nursing course.
Ms Immaculate Wambugu, a nurse, said her next step will be to develop a similar course, where she can train other nurses.
“My employer sponsored my studies, and they allowed me to be out of work for two days a week,” she said.
The Aga Khan University Karachi is the only Pakistani university named among the best universities in the world for studying medicine, reinforcing its position as the country’s top medical school.
The latest ranking by the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, commonly known as QS World University Rankings, rates universities around the world on basis of teachings in specific subjects, with US and UK universities ruling the roost in most categories. Broad subject areas studied for the 2018 ranking included arts & humanities, engineering & technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences and social sciences & management. Besides the QS also ranked universities according to individual subjects falling under the border subject area. For example it also ranks the top universities in the world for nursing under life sciences & medicine category and so on.
AKU received a score of 51.4% for its academic reputation, 39% for employer reputation, 65.3% for H-index citations and 84.6% for citations per paper
The Aga Khan University (AKU) was placed in the 400-451 band in the Life Sciences and Medicine category. However, it was placed in the 201-250 band for specific study of medicine. AKU’s ranking was an improvement over last year’s results, wherein it was placed in the 251-300 band for studies of medicine.
Located in Karachi, the varsity was founded in 1983 by Prince Aga Khan IV and operates through the Aha Khan Development Network. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan ranks AKU as the top medical school in the country. Its affiliated hospital, the AKU Hospital, is also considered one of the best healthcare institutions in the country. AKU received a score of 51.4% for its academic reputation, 39% for employer reputation, 65.3% for H-index citations and 84.6% for citations per paper.
Overall, QS put Harvard University at the top of world for studies in life sciences and medicine, with University of Cambridge and Oxford University jointly claiming the second position. Apart from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, the top ten universities in the world for the life sciences and medicine studies are located in United States and the UK.
In Asia, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore claimed the first and second positions, respectively, while China’s Tsinghua University was named the third best in Aisa for studies of life sciences and medicine.
The Aga Khan University in partnership with the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUHN) on Friday kicked off a two-day breast cancer symposium.
The Ministry of Health, National Institutes of Health-Kenya, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, the Union for International Cancer Control, and MD Anderson Cancer Centre are the other partners in the meeting. Shawn Bolouki, the chief executive officer, AKUHN, said the event was significant as it comes at a time when the hospital is increasing its investment in modern technology for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Aga Khan University Report 2017: Creating Visions of Opportunity
President Firoz Rasul’s Message
Aga Khan University Report 2017: Creating Visions of OpportunityThirty-five years ago, the Aga Khan University was launched amid much anticipation and considerable uncertainty. Could a new private university based in the developing world deliver on its ambition to generate essential knowledge, educate future leaders and meet world-class quality standards?
AKU’s 2017 Report furnishes evidence that we have made great strides toward achieving these goals. Fueled by the support of our partners and donors, we are changing lives in Asia, Africa and beyond. Our faculty, staff and alumni are improving education for rural children, tackling the rise of heart disease and cancer, saving the lives of vulnerable women and children, influencing policy at the highest levels and much more. In Pakistan alone, we have an annual economic impact of over US$ 1 billion, spark quality improvement far beyond our campuses and serve numerous low-income patients and students, according to a recent independent study.
That we have been able to achieve so much testifies to the support of individuals like you, and to the foresight of our founder and Chancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan.
Yet the University’s work is far from complete. As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, the problems facing low-income countries are more complex than ever, and we remain committed to constant quality improvement. Hence we are growing and evolving to meet the challenges of a new era. AKU is adding academic programmes in new disciplines, such as a master’s degree in digital journalism. We are treating far more patients and serving many more disadvantaged individuals than just a few years ago. And our plans to establish an Aga Khan University Hospital in Uganda are moving rapidly toward fruition.
I invite you to download our Report to learn more about the difference we are making with your help, as well as our plans to ensure AKU’s next 35 years are even more consequential than the last.
AKU-EB signs accord with Balochistan govt and Unicef
QUETTA: The Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) has signed an agreement with the government of Balochistan and United Nations International Children’s Fund (Unicef) as part of the larger Balochistan Basic Education Programme funded by the European Union (EU).
Under the agreement which was signed last week, the AKU-EB will take on a technical support and capacity development role for several governmental assessment bodies in the province, including the Balochistan Assessment and Examination Commission (BAEC), the Bureau of Curriculum, Policy, Planning and Implementation Unit (PPIU), the Directorate of Schools and the Professional Institute of Teacher Education (PITE).
Researchers at Aga Khan University and the University of Virginia launch artificial intelligence study
Karachi, May 29, 2018: Researchers at Aga Khan University and the University of Virginia are collaborating on an innovative project that will harness the power of artificial intelligence to understand a particularly complex disorder of the intestine, environmental enteric dysfunction (EED).
EED – often referred to as a neglected disease of poverty – is widespread among children in low-income countries such as Pakistan where the population is exposed to contaminated water and poor sanitation. EED hinders the gut’s ability to absorb essential nutrients compromising children’s growth potential and leaving them vulnerable to a range of diseases.
Data scientists have already demonstrated how ‘intelligent’ computers can outperform experienced radiologists and pathologists in detecting signs of disease in x-rays and biopsies. Dr Sana Syed, an assistant professor in paediatrics at the University of Virginia and Dr Asad Ali, associate dean for research at Aga Khan University, are now applying ‘deep learning’, a type of artificial intelligence, to train a computer programme to analyse microscopic images of tissue located deep inside the small intestine.
Health & Fitness
Aga Khan University Hospital launches cardiology fellowship programme
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 19:14
The three year training programme curriculum is tailored for Africa with a bit of borrowing from North America particularly on fellow evaluation and assessment.
Currently three fellows are undergoing the programme with a fourth one expected to join in mid 2018.
The Aga Khan University Hospital has launched a structured curriculum-based Cardiology Fellowship programme to train specialists in heart diseases.
To be admitted to this highly competitive and intense programme, candidates should possess a Master of Medicine degree or an equivalent Royal College of Physicians degree. The training entails multiple rotations in five core areas of practice including inpatient rotations, outpatient rotations, imaging rotations, cardiac catheterization laboratory and completion of a research project before completion of the programme.
"For the first time in Kenya, we are now able to train cardiologists to conduct complex procedures in heart medicine including implantation of heart devices and procedures related to haemodynamics (blood pressure evaluation in heart chambers) monitoring in very sick patients. Physicians interested in pursuing a cardiology specialisation don’t have to leave the country as they have a capable and equivalent facility locally." Dr Mzee Ngunga, Director, Cardiology Fellowship Programme and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Aga Khan University Hospital.
"Training is hands-on with a dedicated team of consultant cardiologists who are widely involved in research to improve existing care models and innovations in methods of care delivery. Fellows are trained on how to conduct and interpret different cardiology imaging modalities including echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT scan and nuclear imaging to make diagnosis",
The three year training programme curriculum is tailored for Africa with a bit of borrowing from North America particularly on fellow evaluation and assessment. Currently three fellows are undergoing the programme with a fourth one expected to join in mid 2018.
"This is the first recognised fellowship programme in cardiology in the region and its uniqueness stems from the fact that our fellows undergo a structured and curriculum-based programme that models them into a well rounded cardiologist that can deliver care to patients in a dynamic and challenging environment in Africa", says Dr Mohamed Jeilan, Director, Cardiology Services at the hospital.
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According to Dr Ngunga, currently with a population of 48 million, Kenya has only about 40 cardiologists, most of whom practice in Nairobi and the other few in Kisumu and Mombasa which unfortunately leaves the rest of the population with long distances to travel to access care. This means every cardiologist attends to 1.2 million Kenyans, a dire deficit the fellowship programme is aiming to address.
Cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s number one killer. Each year, it’s responsible for 17.5 million deaths and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million. In Africa, the latest projections suggest that by 2030 more people will die from cardiovascular disease than from any other cause of death. The rate of progression in this condition is both remarkable and alarming. The fact that Kenyans in their twenties and thirties are now experiencing heart attacks means we can no longer afford to ignore the growing risk of heart disease and need to have adequate and capable cardiac personnel to handle the challenges ahead.
Kenya now joins other few African countries offering the programme like Egypt, South Africa and The Sudan.
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