​Portfolio and Stories

Research from our university has created a major impact on lives, culture, health and society of various regions of the world. W​e bring the research stories of our faculty and staff to the public for wider sharing of the success of their projects.


Recovering Vision

Dr Khabir Ahmad, Associate Professor of ophthalmology at the Aga Khan University, advocates for ​healthcare 'rights' of the city's indigenous fisheries communities, based on the Karachi Marine Fishing Communities Eye and General Health Survey.

He has  managed to collate robust evidence on how groups within these communities – the elderly and women – are at a disadvantage even when they are provided access to care. 
The survey found that 94% of the elderly lived in extreme poverty, 84% had no school-based education and 55% had never had an eye examination. Cataract and refractive errors (optical problems that cause blurred vision) were the leading causes of vision loss even though both are curable.


AKU contributes to global initiatives for women's, children's and adolescents' health

The Aga Khan University is involved in supporting and advocating for the integration of newborns', children's and adolescents' health in the new global goals and in the development of major international reports launched at the United Nations.