Health and Wellness

As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
28 April 2021

With technology advancing and the world becoming increasingly globalised, the very nature of healthcare provision is changing. Young Ismailis around the world are at the forefront of this transition, pursuing diverse interests to help health workers around the world provide equitable, compassionate, and quality care.

NCDs are dangerous because they can occur at any phase within a person’s life and may exist without prior knowledge.
NCDs are dangerous because they can occur at any phase within a person’s life and may exist without prior knowledge.
Preventing non-communicable diseases
Preventing non-communicable diseases
27 April 2021

As countries worldwide have been dealing with the problems of the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to imagine anything worse than communicable or infectious diseases. However in reality, today we are facing the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
27 April 2021

In this interview with The Ismaili, Azmina Govindji discusses nutrition and healthy eating for better physical and mental health, and shares advice on how to adjust lifestyle choices to enjoy a better quality of life.

Supporting the community with healthy choices
Supporting the community with healthy choices
26 April 2021

Ismailis from different parts of the world have stepped up to support their communities and help each other maintain their health and overall wellbeing during the pandemic.

Taking the time to pause from our daily routine and responsibilities, away from devices and screens, can also help to offer a sense of perspective - much needed at this strange and uncertain time.
Taking the time to pause from our daily routine and responsibilities, away from devices and screens, can also help to offer a sense of perspective - much needed at this strange and uncertain time.
Best foot forward: The benefits of walking
Best foot forward: The benefits of walking
25 April 2021

Humans are not only made to move — it is essential to our survival. The World Health Organization attributes over 3 million deaths each year to insufficient physical activity. The more we move, the more we boost the health of our bodies and minds, and the more alive we feel. Walking is one of the simplest ways to stay active.

The health benefits of consuming whole grains
The health benefits of consuming whole grains
22 April 2021

Grains are a basic food in households around the world and can be broken down into two categories: whole grains and refined grains. Unlike the refined grain, the whole grain kernel or the seed has all three parts intact: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Each one of these parts offer health promoting benefits. The bran, which is the outermost layer, contains the fibre, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. The germ is the centre most part of the seed and it is loaded with healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. The endosperm is the innermost layer that holds the carbohydrates, protein, and small amounts of B vitamins.

Masoor Dhal, Pakistani Version
Masoor Dhal, Pakistani Version
Our cultural foods: Making healthier choices
Our cultural foods: Making healthier choices
22 April 2021

Ever wonder why our parents tell us to drink milk with turmeric and saffron when we are fighting a cold? Or why so many diverse spices are added to our foods to add flavour and more? Our cultural foods — whether from Central Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East — have a beautiful history, but they can also be perceived as unhealthy. While some dishes do indeed cause concern, many are healthy or can be made healthy with some simple tweaks.

Only you are able to control how you use your time on LinkedIn or any social media platform.
Only you are able to control how you use your time on LinkedIn or any social media platform.
When LinkedIn gives you lemons
When LinkedIn gives you lemons
20 April 2021

If scrolling through social media sites such as LinkedIn makes you feel overwhelmed or unaccomplished in comparison to others — you're not alone.

Good nutrition can reduce the likelihood of developing health problems including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and supports strong immune systems.
Good nutrition can reduce the likelihood of developing health problems including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and supports strong immune systems.
Striving towards healthy living
Striving towards healthy living
6 April 2021

Healthy living is a difficult state to achieve at the best of times. How can we create and sustain good health, whilst facing an unprecedented public health challenge which has left a trail of economic and social upheaval?

Testing will be needed for a long time: finding out who has the virus is a cornerstone for guiding measures that can suppress the pandemic.
Testing will be needed for a long time: finding out who has the virus is a cornerstone for guiding measures that can suppress the pandemic.
Testing and vaccines: The experts guiding AKDN’s Covid-19 response
Testing and vaccines: The experts guiding AKDN’s Covid-19 response
10 March 2021

On 21 March 2020, as nation after nation succumbed to the largest lockdowns of our time, Mawlana Hazar Imam issued a directive to establish a Covid-19 Global Task Force and Steering Committee to coordinate the Jamati and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
One year on: How did we cope?
One year on: How did we cope?
10 March 2021

Last March, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. After 12 months of mixed emotions and disruption to our lives, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?

The recent recognition of outstanding Ismaili nurses is a testament to their service, especially after a particularly challenging year for healthcare workers.
The recent recognition of outstanding Ismaili nurses is a testament to their service, especially after a particularly challenging year for healthcare workers.
Outstanding women leaders set example in public health
Outstanding women leaders set example in public health
6 March 2021

Nine Ismaili nurses and midwives have been honoured in the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives list, in recognition of their vital role in providing health services. Throughout their careers, they have worked to promote women’s health and empowerment in their respective regions and beyond.

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