A new publication by Dr. Azim Jiwani titled Humanizing Medicine: Making Health Tangible – Memoirs of engagement with a Global Development Network, chronicles almost 40 years of involvement in global health challenges, medical education and institution capacity building in parts of Asia and Africa. The book attempts to trace historical, policy and institutional landmarks of over a century that resulted in the stark inequalities in development trajectories of the low-income countries of the Global South and the industrialized North.
Kirkus Reviews, an independent and respected New York-based book reviewer, writes about the book:
“Along the way, he increases awareness of the AKDN as an underrecognized force for good—a nongovernmental organization emerging from the Shia Ismaili Muslim sect, dedicated to improving people’s lives on a nonsectarian basis throughout Africa and Asia.”
(Reflections on Global Health and the AKDN: A Physician’s Journey)
Rarely in recent times has the world found itself gripped in conditions that pose a substantial existential threat to lifeforms on earth, destabilize societies, impact health, quality of life, economic and cultural survival, and engender greater inequality and division between and within countries and regions. The recent onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic and the accelerating but belatedly acknowledged climate crisis, and its devasting effects on human health, have laid bare the historical, political and policy and institutional deficiencies in health systems worldwide.
This book, written in the form of a personal memoir, traces efforts of a non-profit global development organizations – the Aga Khan University, the Aga Khan Health Services and agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network – in the domains of education, healthcare and empowerment of civil societies. It underscores the mission to anticipate and respond to foreseeable effects of unaddressed inequities, poverty, programme and leadership deficits in some of the most challenging regions of the developing world. It endeavours to enhance institutional capacities, establish collaborative networks, and promote best practices and international standards of excellence.