Content Tagged with Health

The state-of-the-art 141-bed facility places particular emphasis on the needs of women and children, and represents a new chapter for the Bamyan Provincial Hospital. AKDN / Kiana Hayeri

Bamyan, Afghanistan, 24 April 2017 — Princess Zahra and Vice President Sarwar Danesh opened a 141-bed hospital facility today. Emphasising the health of mothers and children, the facility expands Bamyan Provincial Hospital’s capacity to deliver much needed services in obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics and surgery.

Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April to raise awareness about the impact of human activity on our planet. BillionPhotos.com / Adobe Stock

In honour of Earth Day, Saher Lalani highlights the staggering amount of food that is wasted globally each year. She shares some tips on how each of us can help change this.

“When dealing with the ravages of cancer,” says Munira Premji, “be kind to yourself and to eat nutritionally when you can.” Photo: Frances Darwin

To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, Munira Premji shares what she has learned from her relationship with food while battling the ravages of three cancers over the past five years.

Iron deficiency anemia affects nearly a third of women around the world, and can result in dizziness, headaches and difficulty staying focussed. Discover how to add iron to your diet.

Soccer nutrition pulses

Collaboration was key in preparing thousands of tasty and healthy meals for one of the largest Ismaili sports tournaments in North America. And pulses, regarded as a “superfood”, were an important feature on the menu.

World Diabetes Day is on 14 November.

To mark World Diabetes Day, Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, discusses the importance of physical activity, explores some common barriers and ways to overcome them.

Professor Patrick Pietroni speaking at the Ismaili Centre, London.

Professor Patrick Pietroni, director of the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion and his colleague John Ballatt discuss The role of compassion in improving physical and mental health at the Ismaili Centre, London on 7 July 2016.

M is for... Mutter

Mutter, also known as peas, belong to the same family as pulses, which includes beans, dal, lentils and chickpeas. They are a great source of protein and fibre, with virtually no fat.

Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara

With all the attention on the problems of overweight and obesity, it is easy to forget that there are many people whose main concern is how to gain weight in order to improve their health. Gaining weight can be just as difficult — physically and psychologically — as trying to lose it.

Breastfeeding gives children a healthy start from the earliest moments of life. Adobe Stock

Paediatrician Dr Fatima Hashamali has spent over three decades serving communities in East Africa and Pakistan. For World Breastfeeding Week, she highlights three ways in which breastfeeding can boost a baby's immunity.

Keep a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.

As the Jubilee Games approaches, Ismaili athletes around the world are spending countless hours training. But underestimating sweat loss and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious side effects.

Sixty per cent of all deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs. An Aga Khan Health Board programme aims to reach as many rural and urban members of the Jamat as possible. AKHB India

Non-communicable diseases kill 38 million around the world each year. In India, the country’s Aga Khan Health Board rolled out Health Mantra, a national programme to help the Jamat to better understand the growing threat of NCDs.

The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, expects deaths from NCDs to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade. Thorkild Tylleskar

NCDs are the leading cause of death in the global population, and a serious problem in the Ismaili community. Unhealthy diet is a key risk factor — one that the Ismaili Nutrition Centre is helping to address.

Jardalu (Apricot). MARA ZEMGALIETE / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB

Jardalu (or apricot) is a soft fleshy fruit, usually pale yellow to orange in colour, with a relatively large stone that is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. They can be eaten raw, dried or cooked into a tasty dessert.

Prime Minister Harper and Bill Gates emphasised the progress that has been made in maternal and child health over the last 15 years, and spoke passionately about the potential for future gains. AKFC

Ottawa, 27 February 2015 — Bill Gates recognised Canada’s contributions to improving maternal and child health (MNCH) worldwide at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Wednesday, and thanked Canadians for their continued support to the cause.

Cancer screening camps combine the resources Jamati institutions, Aga Khan Health Services and AKU Hospitals and medical clinics to raise the Jamat's awareness about cancers and other non-communicable diseases. Ismaili Council for Tanzania

In the past, when an individual was diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, the options for treatment in East Africa were limited. But as the footprint of the Aga Khan University has expanded, new facilities and trained health specialists are making quality care accessible in the region.

Imli (Tamarind). Katykman / Dollar Photo Club

Imli (tamarind) — also known as aamli and “Indian date — has a delicious sweet and sour flavour and is a versatile ingredient. It can be eaten raw as a bean, used for flavouring like a spice, and enjoyed as chutney, a condiment, and even as a refreshing beverage.

It is a myth is that those with diabetes should avoid eating fruit; although fruits have a high sugar content, they  offer an important source of vitamins, minerals, water and fibre. Theresa Dao

To increase awareness of diabetes globally, every 14 November is marked as World Diabetes Day. Shahzadi Devje, a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Diabetes Educator, explores some common myths about diabetes, particularly in South Asian cultures.

Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.

For Muslims with diabetes, the fast during Ramadan can present a challenge in day to day management of the condition. In this article, Dr Hala Alsafadi offers tips on staying safe.

Gajar (carrot).

Gajar (carrot) is a crunchy root vegetable available in a range of colours like orange, red, yellow, purple and white. It is a good source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies.

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