News Summary


July 18, 2013
OPIC Signs Loan Agreement with AKU​​
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the US Government’s development finance institution, today signed a loan agreement with the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation for the expansion of the Aga Khan University Hospital.  
July 10, 2013
​Bone tumour in young man successfully removed without surgery at AKUH
​For the first time in Pakistan, radiologists at the Aga Khan University Hospital successfully have treated a bone tumour (non-cancerous) without surgery using a procedure called radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
July 6, 2013
​AKU maintains its position as the best medical university in HEC ranking
​Aga Khan University has maintained its position as the top medical university in Pakistan in the Higher Education Commission’s latest ranking of public and private universities in the country.
June 22, 2013
​Anita Zaidi: promoting newborn and child health in Pakistan
The Lancet publishes the profile of Dr Anita Zaidi, Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University
June 18, 2013
​Sindh Government and AKU Support Students to Enter Nursing
​One hundred and twenty-seven prospective nursing students, from Hyderabad, Matiari and Tando Muhammad Khan districts, were awarded certificates today, for completing a course that would improve their chances of entering a university programme.
June 6, 2013
​10 Interventions Equals a Million Children Saved
​Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are among the 34 countries around the globe most affected by childhood malnutrition. If just 10 key nutrition interventions are scaled up to 90 per cent coverage in these countries, nearly 15 per cent of all deaths in children under five can be prevented, and at least a fifth of all stunting averted, according to a review paper in The Lancet Maternal and Childhood Nutrition Series 2013.
May 30, 2013
Tobacco Use Among Youngsters Increasing in Pakistan: Warn Experts
​Pakistan stands at the brink of a devastating health and economic disaster. The steep rise in the use of tobacco amongst the youth, especially young girls and women is depriving the country of a healthy workforce while increasing the burden of disease on an already overburdened health sector, warned Aga Khan University Hospital experts at a public awareness session held to mark World No Tobacco Day.
May 29, 2013
​AKUH Introduces Anticoagulation Clinic
​Aga Khan University Hospital has introduced the first dedicated Anticoagulation Therapy Clinic in Pakistan for safe and effective management of patients on blood thinning medications.
May 27, 2013
Women Deliver 2013 - International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Health​​
Women Deliver 2013 is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women; participants from world-over have gathered in Kuala Lumpur till May 30. The Aga Khan University is being represented by Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Professor Fauziah Rabbani, Acting Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, and Dr Jai Das, Senior Instructor, Division of Women and Child Health.
May 17, 2013
Health in Pakistan at a Turning Point

​The Lancet’s series Health Transitions in Pakistan analyses the country’s past and present performance in health, with experts calling for a unified vision for universal and equitable health access across the nation. Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University has played a key role in the project.
May 14, 2013
Global Study on Diarrhoea Finds New Culprit in Pakistan, Recommends Fresh Interventions​​​​​
​The 3-year-long Global Enteric Multicenter Study enrolled more than 20,000 children from 7 sites across Asia and Africa. In Pakistan, the study was conducted by the Aga Khan University in four peri-urban field sites of Bin Qasim Town, Karachi. The study revealed that Cryptosporidium and Aeromonas are two significant bacteria that have long been underestimated for their ability to cause disease. GEMS also calls for mandatory routine immunisation for rotavirus.
April 27, 2013
​New Patient-care Building on Campus
The Aga Khan University inaugurated the Jenabai Hussainali Shariff Building on its sprawling 84-acre Stadium Road campus in the hub of Karachi today. Located right next to the main Hospital entrance to the campus, the five-floor, approximately 132,000-square-foot JHS Building - part of an ambitious expansion plan that envisages a series of ambulatory care buildings along the southern end of the campus
April 12, 2013
​AKU Plays Key Role in Efforts to Decrease Childhood Mortality from Pneumonia and Diarrhoea by 2025
​WHO and UNICEF call for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat pneumonia and diarrhoea, the leading killers of children under five, and set ambitious targets to reduce mortality rates and raise levels of children’s access to life-saving interventions. Their recommendations are based on research work led by the Aga Khan University that will be published in a special issue of the Lancet.
March 26, 2013
​The Founding President Reminisces About Challenges and Triumphs Behind Aga Khan University
​Being a trailblazer is not without its set of challenges, but to hear Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the Founding President of the Aga Khan University, narrate his journey about starting a world-class university from the ground up, makes the most testing of travails sound effortless. On Tuesday, Mr Lakha spoke about his experiences at AKU in a session organised by the Sixth Sense Forum, an initiative with the goal to help students develop an outlook beyond the ordinary.
March 26, 2013
​​National Honours for AKU Faculty Members
​Two members of AKU’s faculty, Professor Shaista Masood Khan and Associate Professor Nehal Masood received the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third-highest decoration given to any civilian in Pakistan, on March 23. The awards, in recognition of their achievements in the health sciences, were presented by the President of Pakistan at an investiture ceremony held in Islamabad.
March 20, 2013
​AKUH Introduces New Test for Newborns
​The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi has become the first and only hospital in Pakistan to offer a comprehensive diagnostic testing service for inherited errors of metabolism in newborns.
March 16, 2013
Recognising Special Emergency Care Needs of Children Can Save Lives: Experts​
​One in 10 children in Pakistan do not live to see their fifth birthday. Medical emergencies and injuries are significant contributors to child deaths. However, public awareness as well as government support and legislation for emergency care needs of children is lacking in health care facilities, experts noted at the third Annual Emergency Medicine Conference held at Aga Khan University.
February 22, 2013
​Research Day Highlights Need for Healthy Public Policy in Pakistan
​Public health remains a neglected science in Pakistan with the major focus on curative rather than preventive healthcare resulting in deep cuts in the healthcare budget as well as pockets of private patients, experts observed at the ‘CHS Research Day 2013’ held at Aga Khan University on Friday.
February 20, 2013
​Dr Mir Afzal Tajik participates in a Comparative, International and Development Education Centre Seminar 2013

​Dr Mir Afzal Tajik, Assistant Professor and Head of Graduate Programmes, AKU-IED, was invited as a guest speaker by the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC) of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.
February 16, 2013
Coach, Motivate and Collaborate to Empower People: Professor Were​
​At the first convocation ceremony of the university in Mombasa, Kenya, 30 nurses from Aga Khan University's Advanced Nursing Studies Programme were conferred with the Kenya Registered Community Health Nursing Diploma. Chief Guest Professor Miriam K. Were, Chair of the National AIDS Control Council and the African Medical & Research Foundation, urged the graduands to have a caring and compassionate spirit to improve health care in the East African region.
February 13, 2013
Investment in Education and Health Vital to Meet the Objectives of Kenya Vision 2030
“Many people only see roads and related infrastructure as development but I am proud to see that the Aga Khan Development Network is playing its role in assisting us to attain the Vision 2030 goals,” said Mr Mugo Kibati, Director General of the Vision 2030 programme. He was the chief guest at the 9th convocation ceremony of Aga Khan University in Nairobi.
February 9, 2013
Regional Integration Key to Ensuring Harmonisation of the Higher Education Curricula in East Africa
​Fifty-four nurses from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Diploma in General Nursing programmes are awarded at Aga Khan University’s 10th convocation ceremony held Kampala, Uganda. Chief Guest Rt. Hon. Dr Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, the East Africa Legislative Assembly Speaker, underscored the East African Community’s commitment to enhance access to quality education by investing in the education sector and creating employment opportunities.
February 6, 2013
Aga Khan University Holds 8th Graduation Ceremony in Dar es Salaam
Aga Khan University held its eighth graduation ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam. The ceremony was presided over by Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman AKU Board of Trustees, Dr Greg Moran, University Provost and Mr Firoz Rasul, President, AKU and was attended by vice chancellors, senior government officials, diplomats, national and international academicians, donors and prominent citizens.
January 29, 2013
​Aga Khan University - Transforming Medical Education
​Aga Khan University has announced the launch of the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education with state-of-the-art resources for national and regional medical education. The foundation ceremony was celebrated on the building’s site on AKU’s Stadium Road campus.
January 27, 2013
Positive Outlook for Changes in Pakistan’s Healthcare​
​“Healthcare is changing in Pakistan as much as anywhere in the world,” commented Professor Valerie Wass, Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University in the United Kingdom, while speaking at the concluding session of the Association for Excellence in Medical Education (AEME) and 16th Aga Khan University (AKU) symposium titled ‘education for service and patient safety in health professions’ held at the AKU on Sunday.
January 26, 2013
​Reducing Medical Errors and Better Patient Safety are Key to Good Quality Medical Care
​To help develop a better understanding of global trends and practices, the three-day Association for Excellence in Medical Education (AEME) and 16th Aga Khan University (AKU) symposium titled ‘education for service and patient safety in health professions’ will continue from Friday till Sunday at AKU.
January 24, 2013
​AKU Teams up with Measles Affected Districts of Sindh
​In the wake of deadly measles outbreak, Sindh being the hardest hit province, a four-member team from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University (AKU), rushed to the measles affected areas in Sukkur, Ghotki and Khairpur districts, and assisted the local administration.
January 10, 2013
Unanimous Consensus on Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition as National Priority​
​Health Experts, politicians, policy makers and donors have unanimously agreed that maternal, newborn, child health (MNCH) and nutrition should be a national priority. The group strongly agreed that political parties should include it in their manifestoes and also advocate at their respective regional and national forums.
December 19, 2012
​153 Doctors Receive Certificates at AKU’s 17th PGME Convocation
​The 17th Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) graduation ceremony was held at Aga Khan University (AKU) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. A total of 66 interns, 69 residents and 18 fellows were awarded certificates for completing their postgraduate medical training.
December 15, 2012
​AKU Symposium Explores Ethical Challenges in Health Care Organisations
​Traditional ethics committees in health care organisations are reactive, addressing only the most visible ethical concerns. They fail to highlight deeper organisational factors that influence how a health care organisation functions, instead focusing on issues related primarily to clinical ethics.
December 15, 2012
​ISMC Holds Third Convocation
​The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations’ 19 graduands received their master’s degree in Muslim Cultures today at the Institute’s third convocation ceremony.
December 13, 2012
​Dr Farhat Abbas Awarded Fellowship of Pakistan Academy of Sciences
​Dr Farhat Abbas, Dean, Medical College and the Hussein Cumber Professor, Department of Surgery, has been named a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences.
December 12, 2012
​FMIC Hosts International Paediatric Conference
​The French Medical Institute for Children organized its second international paediatric conference at the Serena Hotel, Kabul in December 2012. The theme of the conference was “From Paediatric Care to Child Health” and offered a unique forum for both Afghan health care providers and international experts in paediatric care from Pakistan, France, Spain and Germany to share knowledge. Around 500 participants from all over Afghanistan attended the two-day moot.
December 10, 2012
​AKUH Opens its 200th Lab Collection Unit
​Aga Khan University Hospital commissioned its 200th laboratory specimen collection unit on December 10, 2012.
December 4, 2012
​AKU Receives Two Research Grants from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada
​Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of Aga Khan University has received two grants within the frame work of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative.
November 17, 2012
​AKU’s 25th Convocation Ceremony in Pakistan
​Graduation day at Aga Khan University marks an important milestone this year: the ceremony will be its 25th Convocation in Pakistan, with 321 graduands awarded degrees.
November 17, 2012
​Commemorating the (Late) Dr J Fraser Mustard's Legacy
​The work of the (late) Dr J Fraser Mustard, a founding Trustee, continues to inspire generations of health care professionals at AKU. The naming of the Dr J Fraser Mustard Lecture Hall at the Rufaydah Al-Islamiya building, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, honours his dedication to the University. 
November 17, 2012
​Honouring Dr J Robert Buchanan
​Aga Khan University has honoured Dr J Robert Buchanan, a founding member of the AKU Board of Trustees, for his exemplary commitment and dedication to the University’s development for nearly three decades, since 1985. As tribute to his services the University has renamed AKU Medical College’s Lecture Hall 1 as the Dr J Robert Buchanan Lecture Hall.
November 14, 2012
​SSC and HSSC High Achievers Recognized by AKU-EB
​The sixth annual Aga Khan University Examination Board’s High Achievers’ Awards ceremony to reward and recognize the accomplishments of secondary and higher secondary students was held at the Aga Khan University campus today.
November 11, 2012
​Early screening is essential for diabetes prevention
​“Diabetes screening is absolutely essential for prevention,” said Dr Jaweed Akhter, Section Head of Endocrinology at Aga Khan University. He was commenting on the escalating rates of diabetes around the world at an event marking World Diabetes Day held today at Aga Khan University.
November 6, 2012
​AKUH Wins Prize at ISQua Conference
​Aga Khan University Hospital’s Radiology Department was awarded the first prize for presenting the best poster in the quality improvement projects category at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) 29th International Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
November 1, 2012
​Pakistan Needs Sustainable Change to its Education System
​Pakistan’s educational system needs to change dramatically to meet the needs of the 21st century but any changes introduced needs to be sustainable over time said experts. They were addressing the inaugural session of an international conference on ‘In Search of Relevance and Sustainability of Educational Change’ organised by AKU-IED in collaboration with UNICEF and HEC, Islamabad.
October 31, 2012
​Study Reveals Serious Consequences of Pneumonia and Meningitis in Sindh
The results of the study, conducted by Aga Khan University  in collaboration with the federal Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).
October 23, 2012
​Pneumonia Vaccine Free Across Sindh from November 10
A new vaccine to protect children against deadly pneumonia and meningitis is being included in the routine immunisation programme by the Government of Sindh from November 10. To build support for this vaccine and the fight against pneumonia and meningitis, the first of a series of programmes for healthcare providers, community representatives and district health stakeholders was held in Thatta by AKU in collaboration with GAVI CSO Alliance Pakistan, and the federal EPI.
October 20, 2012
Top Officials Announce the Construction of a State of the Art Obstetrics Facility in Kabul
​The Foundation Ceremony of the new Women’s Wing at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) today, marked the start of construction for a new obstetrics and gynaecology wing on the hospital premises that will provide high quality care for mothers and newborns in Afghanistan. The Hospital is managed and operated by the Aga Khan University (AKU), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.
October 18, 2012
​No Risk of Naegleria if Water Boiled or Chlorinated Say Experts
​Outbreaks of bird flu, dengue fever and now the ‘brain-eating’ Naegleria fowleri have all made people very concerned about their health.
October 16, 2012
​Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Should be National Priority: Health Experts
​Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) should be a national priority, and political parties should include it in their manifestoes said speakers at the second session of a series of seminars on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and nutrition, organised by Aga Khan University’s Division of Women and Child Health, with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
October 15, 2012
​Political Leaders, Health Experts Should Join Hands to Improve Health Delivery: Experts
​Political leaders and health experts will have to work together if health care services in Pakistan are to be improved said speakers at the first of a series of seminars on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
October 12, 2012
First Time in Pakistan; Forty-day-old baby with congenital heart disease survives on artificial heart machine for three days
​Mohammad Ahmed Baloch, a forty-day-old baby from Dera Allah Yar, Balochistan has become the first patient in Pakistan to survive on an artificial heart-lung machine for three days at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH).
September 27, 2012
​Aga Khan University Graduates 94 Doctors
​The Aga Khan University, Karachi, has declared its final MBBS examination results [MBBS Part IV].
September 26, 2012
​Maternal and Child Health remains elusive in Pakistan
​Countries which fail to focus on health care fail to progress. “Pakistan does not seem to have improved its health coverage rates,” said Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, Chair, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Aga Khan University, and one of the seven members of the UN Secretary-General's independent Expert Review Group (iERG) on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health.
September 25, 2012
​AKUH Launches Clinical Lab in Rawalpindi
​A state-of-the-art stat laboratory has been launched by Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Rawalpindi, to better service the phlebotomy test needs of the twin cities of ‘Pindi and Islamabad as well as surrounding areas of northern Punjab.
September 12, 2012
Tanzanian President Visits Heart and Cancer Centre​​
​Aga Khan University Hospital hosted His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania for a tour of the Heart and Cancer Centre. Part of an official visit, aimed to boost the ties between Kenya and Tanzania, His Excellency was accompanied by a delegation of cabinet ministers and government officials.
August 14, 2012
​Two AKU faculty members have been conferred the Sitara-i-Imtiaz
​Two Aga Khan University faculty members Professor Shaista Masood Khan (Department of Surgery) and Associate Professor Nehal Masood (Department of Oncology and Department of Medicine) have been conferred the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz
July 28, 2012
​Fight hepatitis: get tested – get treated
​Early detection and effective treatment are the keys to combatting viral hepatitis. Research conducted at Aga Khan University suggests that nearly 70 per cent of patients suffering from Hepatitis C - younger patients with hepatitis C genotype 3 infections – had the best chance of a cure provided they are diagnosed early and treated effectively.
July 18, 2012
​East African Community and Aga Khan Development Network Sign Agreement to Foster Development in the Region
​The East African Community and the Aga Khan Development Network signed a pivotal agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa.
July 18, 2012
Carrying the Torch Forward
“Besides my own hard work, I will give much credit to AKU-EB for showing me the way to get to where I stand today.
July 13, 2012
AKU-EB HSSC Students Display Superior Performance
​Aga Khan University Examination Board today announced its annual Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) results. This year, 21 per cent more candidates sat for the exam as compared to last year. The overall pass rate for this year’s HSSC I and II exams was 77.79 and 79.27 per cent respectively.
July 6, 2012
SSC exam results - Students Reap Benefits of Broad-based Learning
​Aga Khan University Examination Board today announced its annual Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part I and II examination results.
June 1, 2012
​AKU establishes Department of Oncology  
​​The Aga Khan University has established a Department of Oncology bringing together surgical, medical and radiation disciplines to focus on cancer care.
May 23, 2012
Lamp Lighting Ceremony
​One hundred and twenty nine nursing students from Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery Diploma in Nursing and BSc Nursing programmes participated in the 31st Lamp Lighting Ceremony. 
May 22, 2012
Economics of Health and Health care in Pakistan
​Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee held a seminar on May 18, 2012 on Economics of Health and Health care in Pakistan to discuss health care financing, challenges to health systems and future of health economics and policy.
May 12, 2012
Nurses are the backbone of the health care system
​Nurses and midwives should be provided training opportunities to ensure the provision of quality health care as they are the basis of a sound and viable health care system. 
May 11, 2012
​Preventable infectious diseases caused almost two-thirds of global child under-5 deaths in 2010
​Preventable infectious diseases were responsible for almost two-thirds of the 7.6 million deaths of children under five worldwide, according to new estimates published Online First in The Lancet.
May 10, 2012
​AKU Wins OSHE Award 2011  
​The Aga Khan University has won the Occupational Safety Health and Environment (OHSE) Award 2011 for its outstanding performance in the service sector for the year 2010-2011.
May 2, 2012
​​15 Million Babies Born Too Soon​ 
​Each year, some 15 million babies in the world are born too early. More than one million of those babies die shortly after birth; countless others suffer some type of lifelong physical, neurological, or educational disability, often at great cost to families and society.
April 25, 2012
​Religious scholars from Malaysia engage in fruitful dialogue on culture, ethics and diverse traditions
​The Regent (and Crown Prince) of the Malaysian State of Perlis and Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis led valuable discussions with academics at AKU-ISMC in London.
March 8, 2012
​AKUH Celebrates the Spirit of Young People Fighting Cancer
​Survivors of childhood cancer will gather at Aga Khan University Hospital on March 9, to offer hope and encouragement to children still fighting the disease.
March 2, 2012
​​Whole Person Medicine - Treating the Body and Soul
Doctors should treat the ‘whole’ person – keeping the body, mind and spirit healthy – rather than a person for just their symptoms is the central theme at the Whole Person Medicine Conference being held from March 1-3 at the Aga Khan University.
February 28, 2012
​Young Girl Gets New Lease on Life
​In a first of its kind procedure in Pakistan, doctors at Aga Khan University Hospital successfully placed a heart rhythm monitoring device – an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – in a 14-year-old girl from Balochistan.
February 24, 2012
​HEC: AKU Ranked Best Medical and Private University in Pakistan
​Aga Khan University has been ranked the top medical as well as private university in Pakistan and third overall by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its latest ranking of 136 public and private universities in the country.
February 20, 2012
​The Heart and Cancer Centre Receives Generous Support
​The Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi has been named the Jimmy Sayani Building in honour of its sponsors, the family of the late Jimmy Sayani.
February 10, 2012
​​EAC Countries Urged to Leverage Regional Opportunities to Generate Solutions that Increase Access to High Quality Education and Healthcare
​Uganda and other EAC countries must leverage the opportunities across the region to generate creative solutions to increase access of people in rural and urban areas to high quality education and healthcare. The Honourable Dr Richard Nduhura, Minister of State for Health (General Duties) delivered this message at the ninth Aga Khan University (AKU) Convocation ceremony held in Kampala with 16 students graduating with Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
February 9, 2012
​University Governing Bodies Urged to Cultivate Quality Standards
​Governing bodies for education must recognize the need to establish quality standards for institutions, not only in Tanzania but across the EAC, for it is through these standards that university graduates will be able to move freely across national borders of the EAC in pursuit of opportunities. This was the message delivered by Honourable Lucy Nkya, Deputy Minister, Health and Social Welfare, and the Chief Guest at the seventh Aga Khan University Convocation ceremony held in Dar es Salaam.
February 8, 2012
​Umbilical Cord Antiseptic Care Can Save Newborn Lives
​Cleansing a newborn’s umbilical cord with an antiseptic can reduce the risk of infection and death said a study carried out by the Aga Khan University’s Division of Women and Child Health. The research, just published in the leading global medical journal The Lancet, was conducted in the Dadu district of Sindh in 1,300 villages.
February 3, 2012
​World Cancer Day
​Cancer is responsible for approximately 70 per cent of the deaths in low and middle-income countries such as Pakistan. “Together it is possible,” this year’s theme for World Cancer Day, highlights the importance of raising awareness and education about the disease as well as implementing early treatment programmes to reduce cancer rates and improve the chances of survival.
January 31, 2012
​The Anatomy of Rhythm
​The second year of the FAS-HASS Collaborative Lecture Series got off to a musical start on Tuesday, January 31 at the AKU auditorium.
January 30, 2012
​​LHWs Successful at Treating Childhood Pneumonia  
​Childhood pneumonia, characterised by fever, chills, cough and rapid breathing, is a leading cause of deaths in children under 5 globally. In 2008, it accounted for 1·6 million deaths worldwide and in Pakistan alone, 84,210 deaths or one-fifth of the total number of deaths in children younger than 5.
January 24, 2012
Discovering Art in Medicine  ​
On January 24, the courtyard of the medical college became an impromptu art gallery as students from the class of 2016 put on display a collection of photographs, calligraphy and pencil sketches. ​
January 19, 2012
​Automated Laboratory Launched, First in Pakistan
​Pakistan’s first fully automated biochemistry laboratory was inaugurated at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi today by Mr Firoz Rasul, President of the University.
January 19, 2012
AKU Honours its Staff​
​As part of its culture of appreciating its people, long-serving AKU faculty and staff were honoured at a Service Award ceremony that recognised their commitment and contribution to the institution.
January 9, 2012
AKU-IED Introduces Continuing Professional Development Programme for Teachers in 110 Rural Schools 
​The Balochistan Education Department and Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) are collaborating to support the Department’s vision for restructuring the education system across the province.
January 9, 2012
​Common Culprits: Neonatal Infections, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Responsible for 75 per cent of Child Deaths
​Karachi, Pakistan: The latest local research on major childhood infections came under discussion at a seminar held jointly between the Pakistan Paediatric Association’s Infectious Diseases Group and Aga Khan University’s Division of Women and Child Health.
January 4, 2012
​Global Negligence Boosts Stillbirths
​Pakistan ranks second amongst countries that account for 66 per cent of the world’s stillbirths with 46 stillbirths per 1000 births.
December 23, 2011
All that Jazz with Darryl Andrews
​Sought after composer and conductor Darryl Andrews, who had arranged and conducted the recently launched AKU Signature Music composed by Pakistani musician Nizar Lalani, visited AKU and gave a talk on the obstacles he had to overcome in order to pursue his passion for music.
December 20, 2011
​​Continuing Medical Education in Pakistan in Disarray
​“In order to provide continuously improving health care to their patients while staying informed about new advances in the medical field, it is imperative for doctors and nurses to take part in continuing medical education,” said Dr Wasim Jafri, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at Aga Khan University while speaking to the organising committee of the annual forum on CME to be held on December 26 at Aga Khan University.
December 16, 2011
​​Pakistan to Benefit from 56 Key Interventions Aimed at Reducing Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths
​A new global consensus has been agreed on the key evidence-based interventions that will sharply reduce the 358,000 women who still die each year during pregnancy and childbirth and the 7.6 million children who die before the age of 5, according to an extensive, three-year global study.
November 23, 2011
Children with Heart Disease are Living Active Lives
​​“Diagnosis and timely treatment can markedly improve the chances of survival of the majority of children born with congenital heart disease, so that they can live active lives as adults,” said Dr Babar Hasan, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH).
November 22, 2011
​School Teachers in Sindh Waste 20 out of 35 Minutes of Every Classroom Session
​Seventy per cent of primary school teachers across Sindh teach their classes for merely15 of the 35 minutes assigned to each subject daily. Only 20 per cent teach for more than 20 minutes while the remaining 10 per cent offer even less than 5 minutes of teaching time in their classrooms.
November 15, 2011
​Smoking and Pollution Responsible for Rising Chronic Lung Disease in Pakistan
​Widespread tobacco smoking and the use of fuels such as wood and coal are a major cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The disease poses a major health hazard and unfortunately remains largely under-diagnosed and under-treated in Pakistan.
November 14, 2011
​A Healthy Diet and Physical Activity Essential to Managing Diabetes
​Adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly and, maintaining normal body weight can prevent type 2 diabetes, the most common type of the disease that can develop at any age, said experts while speaking at a public health awareness programme held at the Aga Khan University to commemorate World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2011.
November 12, 2011
​Four PhDs among over 300 Graduates at AKU’s 24th Convocation
​The 24th Convocation of Aga Khan University held on Saturday, November 12, 2011, marked a special day in the lives of 317 graduates as they were awarded degrees in recognition of their hard work and perseverance.
November 12, 2011
​AKU offers CPD accredited courses - Engaging with Sharia: History and Contemporary Issues
On 12 and 19 November 2011 AKU-ISMC hosted a short course on sharia. ​What is sharia? How has it evolved? Should it play any role in society? What are the key legal issues across various Muslim contexts? This thought-provoking, two-day course explored the historical evolution of Muslim legal traditions and traced their development to the varied approaches.
November 5, 2011
​AKU Representatives Attend Rotary-UN Day
​Aga Khan University representatives Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, Head, Division of Women and Child Health, AKU; and Jan Damery, Director, Development, Canada were among those who attended the Rotary-UN Day event held on November 5, 2011 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. More than 1,000 Rotarians, UN officials and guests attended the event.
November 3, 2011
Arabic Pasts Workshop: Hosted in Collaboration with SOAS, University of London
​AKU-ISMC recently hosted the fourth annual “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography” workshop.  The workshop has been held annually since 2008 and is organised by Dr Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU-ISMC), Dr Konrad Hirschler (SOAS) and Dr James McDougall (Trinity College, Oxford). 
October 29, 2011
Stroke – A Major Health Care Concern
​In Pakistan, an estimated 400 people die of stroke every day and around the world more than four-fifths of deaths from this disease occur in in low and middle income countries. These were some of the alarming figures which came under discussion at a seminar held to mark World Stroke Day at Aga Khan University.
October 26, 2011
​Professor Filali-Ansary delivers 2011 Lipset Lecture in Washington and Toronto
​In October 2011, Professor Filali Ansary, founding director and faculty member of AKU-ISMC, was invited to deliver the Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture in Washington, D.C. and in Toronto.
October 20, 2011
​Aga Khan University Conducts Earthquake Drill as Part of Disaster Preparedness
​More than a third of all earthquakes between 1991 and 2005 around the world occurred in Central and South Asia. The quakes in Sarez, Tajikistan (1911); Gujarat, India (2001); Naryn, Kyrgyzstan (2002); and Azad Kashmir, Pakistan (2005) are the examples of the seismic hazards that exist in the region and their devastating consequences.
October 19, 2011
​Research Lecture Series Attracts International Audience
​On October 19th, AKU-ISMC launched its 2011-2012 Research Lecture Series with a talk by Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, founding director of the Institute. The lecture attracted over 100 attendees, half of which joined via an online broadcast.
October 13, 2011
Early Diagnosis can Prevent Blindness ​
​Blindness is not inevitable, it’s avoidable. For 80 per cent of people with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetes-related blindness, early diagnosis and treatment can help overcome or even avoid these visual impairments.
September 27, 2011
Dr Greg Moran Appointed Provost of Aga Khan University
​Dr Greg Moran has been appointed as the new Provost of Aga Khan University (AKU) and as the chief academic officer will play a key part in overseeing the quality of the entire University’s academic programmes.
September 21, 2011
​Health Care for a Million People
​Aga Khan University (AKU) held a ceremony to commemorate treating over one million people affected by the devastating floods of 2010. AKU responded to the national disaster by dispatching medical teams as soon as possible to Khairpur and Sukkur, followed by Jaffarabad, Balochistan.