The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is one of three agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that support activities in the field of health, the others being the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), and the Aga Khan University (AKU). It works closely with both of these agencies on planning, training, and resource development and with the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS) on the integration of health issues into specific projects.
AKHS is organised into national service companies in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Social Welfare Department (SWD) located within the Secretariat of the Aga Khan in France, co-ordinates the activities of the service companies. They are also linked internationally through network-wide strategies in human resource development. More information at AKHS.
Governance and management
In each country of operation, AKHS registers a National Service Company as a not-for-profit, non-governmental agency. Each company has a Board of Directors, Chairman and directors some or all of whom are appointed by the Aga Khan Health Services S.A., a not-for-profit organisation registered in Switzerland. Governing bodies and regional, community, and institutional committees are established to facilitate planning, operations, and funding activities of the national service companies.
Each company board appoints a CEO who is responsible for the planning and management of all of the national service company’s operations. The services, facilities, and programmes of the companies are funded through local fees charged for services, community support, international donors, as well as through contributions from His Highness the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan Foundation assists the national service companies to seek funding and technical assistance from international and local donor agencies for appropriate development or service delivery initiatives.
More information at http://www.akdn.org/akhs.asp.