NBC journalist teaches economics principles to students at UCA
NBC journalist teaches economics principles to students at UCA
9 July 2018

When Ali Velshi was offered the chance to teach economics to a group of students at the University of Central Asia (UCA), it was a great opportunity for him to learn new aspects about the industry he has worked in for 25 years.

Epidemiologist provides expertise in managing outbreak in Tajikistan
Epidemiologist provides expertise in managing outbreak in Tajikistan
20 June 2018

In February this year, Dr. Umed Ali Ajani, Associate Director for Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, travelled to Tajikistan for a week to provide guidance on managing a heliotrope outbreak and preventing similar incidents in the future. A physician by training, Dr. Ajani has worked in the United States as an epidemiologist for more than 20 years. His TKN assignment was with the US Ismaili Health Professionals Association (IHPA) and the US Aga Khan Health Board (AKHB), institutions he has previously served with. The onsite host institution was Aga Khan Health Services Tajikistan (AKHS-T).

Husband and wife exemplify dedication to TKN service
Husband and wife exemplify dedication to TKN service
26 April 2018

Over the past few years, Sadru and Nishat Damji have served on TKN assignments with several AKDN and Jamati institutions in many countries.

Cytologist makes key contribution at AKU Hospital Nairobi
Cytologist makes key contribution at AKU Hospital Nairobi
27 March 2018

When Rosemin Kara received the phone call asking her if she would be interested in teaching cytology at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUHN) she was, in her words, “surprised, excited and humbled to be offered such a fabulous TKN opportunity”.

LEGO Robotics, English Upgrading and Math Numeracy programs delivered in Tajikistan
LEGO Robotics, English Upgrading and Math Numeracy programs delivered in Tajikistan
27 February 2018

Three Canadian TKN volunteers - Sobia Makhani, Ashna Suchak and Kais Khimji – delivered programs for the Aga Khan Education Service, Tajikistan (AKES, Tj) from June to August 2017. Sobia delivered the first junior LEGO robotics program in the region, Ashna ran the schools summer English upgrading program and Kais taught Math numeracy.

Building Digital Financial Services capacity at AKAM institutions
Building Digital Financial Services capacity at AKAM institutions
24 January 2018

Financial inclusion is a key area of focus for the AKDN. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), which manages several microfinance institutions across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, launched an initiative in 2016 to improve access to basic financial services for unbanked and underbanked communities through Digital Financial Services (DFS).

A commitment to inspire smiles
A commitment to inspire smiles
11 December 2017

Khairunisa’s contribution to the development of a two-year joint Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from AKU and the University of Alberta began from a brainstorming session during her first TKN assignment in Nairobi in 2011, where she was enhancing dental hygiene practices for hygienists at the AKU Hospital.

 
AKU alumnae contribute expertise to strengthen nursing capacity at alma mater
AKU alumnae contribute expertise to strengthen nursing capacity at alma mater
22 November 2017
Two Aga Khan University (AKU) alumnae, Dr. Amina Huda and Salima Pirani, volunteered with AKU Karachi for two weeks in February and March this year. Many other AKU alumnae and alumni have also previously served as TKN volunteers with the University and the Hospital.
Wherever the heart leads
Wherever the heart leads
30 September 2017

“Opportunities are time sensitive, so you can’t let them pass you by,” says Dr. Nasiruddin Jamal about his decision to take a professional leave from his 40-year medical career in New York to contribute his TKN volunteer service as Regional Director responsible for overseeing the cardiology departments at two Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS-EA) hospitals in East Africa since 2014.

Bringing renewable energy to Bamyan
Bringing renewable energy to Bamyan
28 August 2017

Faruq Vishram is an electrical engineer with a vision to light up lives by helping to develop renewable energy projects in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. His TKN assignment began in March 2015 to support a project funded by Global Affairs Canada to introduce solar energy to the newly inaugurated Bamyan Provincial Hospital in Afghanistan.

Adding a magic touch to the classroom
Adding a magic touch to the classroom
7 July 2017

Alif Khalfan was selected to participate with other field professionals as a teacher and mentor at the UCA Naryn Campus’ “Connecting Your Discipline” programme in May, which offered a series of engaging workshops, guest lectures, career panels, interactive activities, simulation and real world applications to help students navigate their undergraduate specialisations.

Taking off to build local capacity for Early Childhood Development
Taking off to build local capacity for Early Childhood Development
30 June 2017

“When I submitted my TKN Niyat in 2007, I had no idea how things would transpire over the years,” says Dr. Almina Pardhan upon reflecting on the success of the Early Child Development program that she helped implement in five countries across Asia in collaboration with numerous Jamati and AKDN institutions.