October 2018 – While not all health improvements in the remote, rural areas of northern Pakistan can be ascribed to the AKDN alone, it is clear that the Network has had a significant impact in the region. In areas where it works, access to safe water rose from 5% of the population in 1986 to 72% in 2014. Likewise, infant mortality dropped from 158 per 1,000 live births in 1986 to 20 per 1,000 in 2014. The number of deliveries assisted by skilled attendants rose from 13% to 86%. Today, over 60 Aga Khan health centres are reaching more than 750,000 people in this area, responding to increasing concerns around high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, and other non-communicable diseases.
An in-depth look at the Aga Khan Rural Support Program’s Micro-Hydel Projects in Pakistan.