Tajikistan, March 2019 – The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) helped support the efforts to launch a week-long training for female rescuers from Afghanistan and Tajikistan in March 2019.1  The training was held at the Republican Training Center of the Emergencies Committee which was led by professional instructors from the United Kingdom.  This is the first all-female training after the February 2018 signing of a protocol for cross-border cooperation for disaster preparedness and response to emergency situations between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.  Participants have developed new skills and learned methods … Read More


Tajikistan, February 2019 – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), a region highly vulnerable to natural hazards, has a long history of being negatively impacted by the effects of disasters. Avalanche is among many other hazards that causes catastrophic accidents often leading to fatal consequences and leaving large segment of the population without shelter and means of survival in this mountainous area.  Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Tajikistan established 143 Avalanche Preparedness Teams (AVPT) in the region who work with Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situation and Civil Defense (CoES) and … Read More


Pakistan, October 2018 – The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Pakistan collaborated with the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) and the Punjab Emergency Service to organize a certification course for its Search and Rescue Teams (SART) in Lahore.1 26 SART members, which included both men and women, attended the seven day long training session.  The training was aimed to develop skills for urban search and rescue, water rescue, and powered rescue boat. FOCUS and AKAH have led the development and capacity building of regional Search and … Read More


India, 2018 – Throughout 2018, villages in the coastal region in southern Gujarat have been a part of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) India’s Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programs (CBDRR).1 Over the course of the year, AKAH India has conducted Disaster Awareness Programs (DAP), formed Village Disaster Committee in each village, trained Community Emergency Response Team in each village, and conducted community-led Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (HVRA). Alinawaz Nanjee, AKAH India’s CBDRR leader, notes that he was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic participation of the villagers in both HVRA mapping … Read More

First Aid, CPR and AED skills

USA, Ongoing – Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA supports volunteers in the community to receive training in First Aid, CPR and AED skills. Over the past three years, over 1,300 volunteers across the United States have received training and certification in these life-saving skills.

Fire Safety and Community Preparedness

USA, February 2017 – On average, fire departments in the United States respond to a fire every 23 seconds. To prepare communities, FOCUS-trained volunteers in Chicago, IL provided training on how to put out small fires. Individuals were taught how to use fire extinguishers and other essential information on fire safety. FOCUS-trained volunteers also teach community members about the importance of being prepared for disasters. Community members are taught about the importance of creating a family emergency plan, having a disaster kit with essential supplies, and staying informed of severe weather in … Read More

FOCUS and USAID Sign Agreement to Create Resilient Communities

Pakistan, January 2017 – The Department of Emergency Management (formerly FOCUS) of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)  and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program initiated a project “Creating Resilient Communities in Shimshal Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan”.  The project, which aims to build resilience against the threat of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) events in Shimshal valley, will build the capacity of community members in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). The project also aims to conduct hazard and risk … Read More

FOCUS Delivers Relief Items to Takhar Province

Afghanistan, October 2016 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) donated 125 tents and 100 Non Food Item packages to the Governor of Takhar to support 750 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Kunduz. The Governor of Takhar, Mohammad Yasin Zia, expressed his gratitude to Focus Humanitarian Assistance and other NGOs who are helping with the response on the ground. “There are over 5,000 people arriving in Taloqan,” he said, “these tents will provide shelter for the IDPs from Kunduz, we cannot let women and children sleep in the open because we do … Read More

Agreement for a new phase of “Creating Opportunities in a Safe Environment”

Tajikistan, July 2016 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, and the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan have signed an agreement to implement Phase II of a 36-month project that will directly and indirectly enhance community disaster preparedness levels of approximately 50,000 people in Tajikistan. The project, “Creating Opportunities in a Safe Environment (COSE): Fostering Self-Sustained and Resilient Communities,” will be co-funded by the Swiss Government and implemented by FOCUS, the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Tajikistan.  The … Read More

FOCUS Delivers Emergency Food Assistance

Afghanistan, June 2016 – To address recent severe food shortages, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has delivered vital food supplies provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to 327 households, or 1,547 individuals in the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. Villagers in the districts of Big and Small Pamirs, located in Afghanistan’s remote Badakhshan province received the WFP food packages including wheat flour, vegetable oil, pulses, salt and high energy biscuits – enough to feed the entire population of these districts for two months. The food was delivered to Afghanistan from … Read More