Partner: AKDN and Better Shelter

AKDN and Better Shelter and Better Shelter

As the northern regions of Pakistan face the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for setting up medical centres in mountainous and remote areas rapidly increased.

Due to the urgent nature of the pandemic and the growing demand of emergency clinics, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Better Shelter acted swiftly in order to assist the local medical community. By combining the expertise of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) as well as the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) with Better Shelter’s modular shelter design, clinics were set up in six locations.

  • AKDN and Better Shelter donated 20 shelters each to AKAH and AKHS
  • AKAH deployed modular units at four sites in Gilgit, Mastui, Aliabad and Singal.
  • At an additional two sites in Gramchamsa and Booni, AKAH used locally manufactured prefabricated sandwich panels in order to adapt hard and soft structures to the specific requirements of each site.
  • The first facility was completed nine days after having received the Better Shelter modules.



Project Information

LocationGilgit-Baltistan and Chitril, Pakistan
ImplementationJun 2020
Number of units40