السلام علیکم! I’m delighted to kick off this year’s Virtual Voyage and welcome you to Pakistan.
Canadian support has deep roots in our country. Canada’s first global collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation Canada supported the creation of the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1981. The institution has since launched the careers of thousands of healthcare professionals, improving the standard of care in many communities in Pakistan and around the world.
The knowledge and skills of the world’s healthcare workers were pushed to the limits with COVID-19, and it was no different here. Canadian support helped us open six Emergency Response Centres, helping residents in Pakistan’s isolated mountainous communities access life-saving services during the pandemic. We were also able to support public health awareness campaigns, provide additional training for health workers, and distribute much-needed medical and sanitation supplies.
As we continue to adapt to our new realities, we remain steadfast in our commitment to improving quality of life.
Thank you for supporting our work. It continues to make a difference.