The state-of-the-art 141-bed facility places particular emphasis on the needs of women and children, and represents a new chapter for the Bamyan Provincial Hospital. AKDN / Kiana Hayeri

Bamyan, Afghanistan, 24 April 2017 — Princess Zahra and Vice President Sarwar Danesh opened a 141-bed hospital facility today. Emphasising the health of mothers and children, the facility expands Bamyan Provincial Hospital’s capacity to deliver much needed services in obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics and surgery.

Prime Minister Harper and Bill Gates emphasised the progress that has been made in maternal and child health over the last 15 years, and spoke passionately about the potential for future gains. AKFC

Ottawa, 27 February 2015 — Bill Gates recognised Canada’s contributions to improving maternal and child health (MNCH) worldwide at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Wednesday, and thanked Canadians for their continued support to the cause.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers keynote remarks at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit in Toronto on 29 May 2014.

Toronto, 29 May 2014 – At the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mawlana Hazar Imam gave a keynote speech this morning at a summit on the global fight to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. The gathering, brought together world leaders to focus on reducing the preventable deaths of newborns, mothers and children under the age of five.

A child receives a check-up at an AKHS medical point managed by a midwife and two nurses in Shidz, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.

Providing expectant mothers and newborns the highest quality of care, and giving children the best start in life is part of a value system that Ismaili Muslims have practiced for generations. In partnership with government, civil society, friends, and neighbours, the community is leveraging strong institutional foundations in Africa and Asia to make a meaningful difference.

Pregnancy is an important time to make one’s health a priority.

Expecting a baby is exciting; it is also a time of great change in a woman’s life. From the early stages of becoming pregnant, it is important to make health a priority and adopt good dietary habits.