Globally, at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Every year, 150 million suffer financial catastrophe due to out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures. Millions more living in marginalized, resource-poor areas still rely on unclean, unimproved water sources.

As one of AKDN’s key agencies in health, the Aga Khan Foundation harnesses its longstanding work with communities and village organizations to enable people —particularly those living in remote areas—to optimize their health and well-being, and reach their full potential.

We seek to achieve sustainable improvements in health and nutritional status among vulnerable groups, especially women of childbearing age, adolescents, and children under five. Our goal is to improve access and utilization of integrated healthcare services, while enabling communities to adopt effective health practices.

Our goals

Mother holds her newborn, Pemba

Improved nutritional status of women, adolescents, and children

Aimed at breaking intergenerational malnutrition and related health issues

the emergency entrance of the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Khorog

Improved access and utilization of integrated healthcare services

Establishing new and improving existing healthcare facilities and making them more affordable

A female student stands in the classroom looking towards two fellow female students and a teacher holding a diagram of a uterus.

Improved adolescent health and well-being

Particularly sexual and reproductive health for women and girls

Our impact


people reached by AKF-supported community health and nutrition services


health workers supported worldwide


patients seen annually by the 200+ hospitals and health centers operated by AKDN

Focus Areas

Focus Areas