Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health
Welcome to the website of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health of the Aga Khan University. This Centre represents one of the most exciting academic platforms of its kind globally with a focus on integrated academic and research activities for the Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Development Network. It also has a special interest in evidence-based advocacy and capacity development, impacting on health worker training in geographies and populations in greatest need.
The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health focuses on health and developmental outcomes for women and children in low and middle income countries. In September 2000, 189 world leaders signed a declaration on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve the lives of women, men, and children in their respective countries. Goal 4 called for a reduction in child mortality by 67% and Goal 5 called for improvements in maternal health with target 5a referring to a reduction of maternal mortality by 75% between 1990 and 2015; and 5b achieving universal access to reproductive health.
Since 1990, and notably after the MDG declaration, substantial progress has been made in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes, especially over the last decade with almost 45-50% reduction in maternal and child mortality respectively. Yet, major challenges remain with many countries and sub-national populations lagging behind these gains.
Now with the end of the MDGs and transition to sustainable development goals after 2015, the challenge of improving lives and livelihoods of women and children worldwide becomes even more prominent. Through its activities, the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health aims to help promote evidence-based solutions for women and children’s health and their implementation and we welcome your partnership and support in this endeavour.
Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health