October 2016: The Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in collaboration with Kunduchi Beach Hotel, Aga Khan Hospital and other Stake holders had organized PINK WALK on 29th October, 2016. The event was held at Ocean Road Cancer Institute from 6.45 in the morning.
Around forty (40) of our volunteers which includes Ismaili Volunteer Corps, Guides & Scouts, and Crisis Resource Team and other Ismaili Ladies, were allocated duties such as parking, crowd control, ushering, registration, water stalls, High Table and VIP guests to be escorted and looking after the high table.
Kisumu, Mombasa Aga Khan hospitals to get Sh1.2bn upgrade
Friday January 13 2017
Under the agreement, Kisumu Aga Khan Hospital will over the next five years expand to a 90-bed facility from the current 61 beds.
French Ambassador to Kenya Antoine Sivan hailed the partnership.
By DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY
The Aga Khan Health Services-Kenya and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on Friday signed a Sh1.25 billion expansion and upgrading agreement for Kisumu and Mombasa Aga Khan hospitals.
At a colourful signing ceremony attended by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa, the hospital’s Chief Executive Noorali Mimon said the agreement includes developing a cardiology programme and a day-care chemotherapy centre.
Mr Momin said the expansion programme would strengthen existing services, expand diagnostics and upgrade the quality of services and facility to international standards.
“These programmes will fit seamlessly within the Aga Khan Development Network continuum of care approach with links to Aga Khan Hospital-Nairobi.
"Additionally, AKDN will expand its footprint by establishing additional 10 Outreach Health Centres to the current three centres,” he said.
Moyez Alibhai, the chairman of the Aga Khan Health Services-Kenya described the move as a milestone towards providing better healthcare for Kenyans.
“This is a major milestone. We also want to thank our French partners. From this partnership, thousands of people have [benefited] and will benefit from modern healthcare,” said Mr Alibhai.
He said the Aga Khan hospitals in Kenya, Tanzania and more than 30 countries worldwide had received global awards for providing modern, unique healthcare services.
Under the agreement, Kisumu Aga Khan Hospital will over the next five years expand to a 90-bed facility from the current 61 beds, implement elements in cardiology and cancer programmes, expand and establish an additional 10 Outreach Health Centres.
The French Ambassador to Kenya Antoine Sivan hailed the partnership and promised that his government would continue to partner with The Aga Khan Health Services.
Governor Joho, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, praised the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa saying it had cooperated with the county during accidents such as one that took place at Mazeras last December.
“Doctors were already on strike, but the Aga Khan Hospital stepped in to treat our people who were involved in the Mazeras accident,” he said.
He said the development of modern equipment would save residents the trouble of travelling abroad for treatment.
Aga Khan Hospitals in Kisumu and Mombasa to expand through support from the French government
Nairobi, Kenya, 12 January 2017 - As part of one of the largest expansions of quality health care services in East Africa, the Aga Khan Development Network and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) today signed agreements for a total of US$19.5 million towards the improvement and expansion of the Aga Khan Hospitals in both Kisumu and Mombasa. The total project cost is $27.8 million (over Kenyan Shilling 2.8 billion). The balance investment of $8.3 million is a grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.
Under the agreement, the two Aga Khan Hospitals will strengthen existing services, expand diagnostics and upgrade the quality of service delivery and facilities to international standards
In Kisumu, the Aga Khan Hospital, will grow to a 100-bed facility (from the current 61 beds), expand its women and child health programme, implement elements of cardiology and cancer programmes that are part of the regional AKDN continuum of care approach and create a niche programme in infectious diseases with linkages to non-communicable diseases. In addition, the Hospital will expand its footprint by establishing an additional ten Outreach Health Centres.
The Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa major expansion, will include the establishment of an invasive cardiology programme, a day care chemotherapy centre, a neonatal high dependency unit and a niche in rehabilitation medicine. Additionally, the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa will expand its reach in the Coast Region by establishing an additional ten Outreach Health Centres during the planned period. The Aga Khan Hospital Outreach Health Centres serve as “hubs” for the AKDN’s expanding East Africa Integrated Health System in the region, which is dedicated to providing high-quality health coverage at affordable prices to an economically diverse population.
The Agreement was signed by the AFD Regional Director, Mr Bruno Deprince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya, Mr Moyez Alibhai.
JANUARY 11, BOSTON, MA—Pathfinder International is pleased to announce the award of two new grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that have the potential to change how donors and implementers approach contraceptive access programs. The two projects, totaling nearly $10 million, will advance access to a full range of contraception, especially for adolescents and youth, through adaptive and innovative approaches.
In developing countries, more than half of all women of reproductive age want to avoid pregnancy, yet 225 million women are not using an effective method of contraception. Of the estimated 38 million sexually active adolescents in these regions, 23 million have an unmet need for modern contraception.
Pathfinder will partner with Camber Collective, YLabs, and The Center for Effective Global Action’s Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative and build on ongoing Pathfinder projects in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Pakistan to implement an innovative four-phase approach to gather insights, generate and test solutions, and support adaptation and scale up. In Pakistan and Tanzania, we will also engage with local partners, Aga Khan Health Services in Tanzania and Greenstar in Pakistan, for solution development and testing in the private sector.
It has been a week and a half since my last blog post and what an eventful week and a half it has been! We left Dar es Salaam to go on Safari and next we moved onto a small city called Iringa which is about an 8.5 hour drive west from Dar es Salaam. I must admit that it was nice to get away from the busy atmosphere of the big city and get a break from the intense and unforgiving heat for a few days. Iringa has a certain unique charm that made me feel welcomed in the city wherever I went including the local restaurants, markets, and health care centers. Being able to see the view of the beautiful mountains reminded me of home while the cultural music from the churches and the public meetings of people in the street was a new but comforting experience. Overall, my impression of Iringa is positive and this was best exemplified by the nursing teaching sessions at the Aga Khan Medical Center.
As Kenyans continue to grapple with health crisis owing to doctors strike, more than 200 people suffering from lifestyle diseases benefitted from a free medical camp in Mombasa county.
The free heart screening medical camp that was organized by the Aga Khan University Hospital and the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa on Friday saw majority of patients battling diabetes and High blood pressure getting treatment and medication.
Other patients suffering from other ailments also turned up at the camp and were treated at subsidized price.
Since 2007, the Aga Khan Development Network eHealth Programme has grown to include 38 eHealth sites across five countries in South and Central Asia and East Africa. 21063 teleconsultations have been offered to patients in over 20 specialities and 5552 health care providers have benefitted from eLearning sessions.
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Tanzania: The Aga Khan Hospital Opens Its Doors in Mbagala
The Aga Khan Institution of Health Service Tanzania yesterday launched a new dispensary at Mbagala Zakhiem in Temeke municipality in Dar es Salaam region in a move to improve provision of quality health care services to the community.
Speaking during the launching event, Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Sulaiman Shahabuddin said their goal is to invest in the health sector at various areas in a bid to support the government in improving the health service sector in Tanzania and build a nation of healthy people.
At the same occasion, the Acting District Medical Officer (DMO) in Temeke, Martha Macha, said the government will cooperate with the institution to make sure the health service in the country is improving.
She insisted on the institution to use their dispensaries in providing quality health services to the community according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
"Through these dispensaries I hope you will provide quality health services that are friendly to the people, according to the guidelines of the relevant ministry. Thank you for supporting the government because you are doing the right thing at the right time," she said.
According to her, Temeke municipality has a large population of people compared to the number of health centres existing.
She said the launched dispensary will help the residents of Mbagala to get quality health services at affordable cost to people of all levels.
Aga Khan hospital unveils new clinic on Thika Road
Sunday, April 16, 2017 15:15
The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has opened its first outreach clinic on Thika Road in Nairobi as it seeks to grow its business following increased demand along the superhighway.
The hospital, which has about 49 outpatient clinics in Kenya and a few others in Tanzania and Uganda, opened its latest facility at a new building next to Mountain Mall, Ruaraka.
Aga Khan’s venture to Thika Road sees it join hospitals such as Mater Hospital, Avenue Healthcare and Gertrudes Children Hospital which have operations either in the popular Thika Road Mall or Garden City.
Private hospitals in the country have in recent years stepped up the opening of satellite clinics, radically changing the face of healthcare services by taking facilities closer to patients.
Nairobi Hospital, for instance, is set to spend up to Sh600 million in opening up to six new satellite outpatient clinics over the next one-and-a-half years at strategic locations across the country.
The first of these clinics would be opened next month at the upcoming Kiambu Mall, targeting residents of the bustling town and neighbouring estates such as the upmarket Runda Estate.
Tanzania: U.S.$40 Million Set to Expand Aga-Khan Hospital Chains
Arusha — The Aga-Khan Hospitals in Dar-es-salaam, Kisumu and Mombasa in Kenya will soon be expanded and upgraded following a financial agreement that has just been signed between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and French Co-operation Agency (AFD).
The disclosure was made here recently by East African Community Secretary General, Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko while meeting the Aga Khan Diplomatic Representative in Kenya, Dr Azim Lakhani. He said their expansion programme will cost the three branches more than 40m USD in total, adding that the Aga Khan work in Dar es Salaam has already started.
The meeting was a followup of the Secretary General's visit to His Highness the Aga Khan on 11th November 2016, where the two met to discuss the possibility of expanding the Aga Khan Integrated Health Systems across all the EAC Partner States, especially in secondary cities of Kisumu, Mombasa, Arusha, Mwanza, Entebbe, Jinja, Butare and Ngozi, among others.
During the meeting, Ambassador Mfumukeko had also requested His Highness the Aga Khan to support their staff to build their capacity through scholarship programmes and also in different projects.
In another development, Dr Lakhani requested for Investment Promotion Service (IPS) programme in the areas of Agro-processing to be also supported by the Aga Khan, and informed the Secretary General that currently, AKDN has an Export Agro-processing industry where it empowers rural areas.
He said already the programme is being implemented in Kenya where about 7,000 farmers are being involved in Premier Food Inc (food processing), rigoken (vegetable processing) and All fruit (fruits processing), among others.
The Secretary General urged AKDN to ensure similar programmes are replicated in Tanzania and other EAC Partner States, where they also agreed to visit the AKDN Food Processing Plant in Ruiru and Murang'a in Kenya and implement their findings also in other partner states.
The East African Community and Aga Khan Development Network have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed in 2012 specifying for poverty reduction, employment creation and income generation programmes as major cooperation areas.
They were to be implemented in the selected regions of the EAC Partner States through stronger regional and local markets by investing in infrastructure, social and educational enterprises, media and communications, financial services, among others.
Aga Khan Health Services and French agencies partner to improve Palliative Care in Kenya and Tanzania
Paris, France, 19 April 2017 - The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Expertise France today signed an agreement to enhance the quality of palliative care services in the Aga Khan Hospitals in both Kenya and Tanzania. The programme is being grant funded by the Agence Francaise de Developpement under which AKHS will receive 250,000 € to conduct specialised training for 4 doctors and 4 nurses – also known as “champions” through the Institut Curie.
The Euros 250,000 grant will go towards the implementation of a pilot palliative care training project for professionals from four hospitals of the Aga Khan Health Services in Kenya (Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa) and Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam). The programme will be implemented by Institut Curie, world renowned for their technical expertise in palliative and supportive care and their pragmatic, tailor-made trainings. Expertise France has been instrumental in working with the Aga Khan Health Services and Institut Curie to develop the overall implementation plan.
According to Dr Alexis Burnod, the project’s key expert and responsible for implementing Institut Curie’s training activities, « The spread of palliative care culture as a criterion of healthcare excellence towards patients and their families is a universal invitation. It is the result of the work of an entire team dedicated to promote a comprehensive care focused on the patient. This partnership programme with our Kenyan and Tanzanian counterparts reinforces this international humanist dynamic”.
“Our 15 years of experience creating partnerships and exchanges between hospitals in the North and the South have shown the value of giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn from one another – improving not only skills, but also the organisation and the continuum of care” added Mr Sebastien Mosneron Dupin, CEO of expertise France.
The partnership will bring Kenya and Tanzania closer to their goal of establishing palliative care services in the region by providing specialised clinical training as well as by enabling hospital professionals to establish designated palliative care units. Experts from Institut Curie and Expertise France will provide continual support and feedback throughout the process, resulting in invaluable information for advocacy, policy changes and scaling-up of the programme.
Palliative care in low-income countries
The quality of life of patients and their families facing life-limiting illness is a growing concern in low-income countries, particularly in Africa. Low income countries are disproportionately burdened with chronic diseases such as cancer, HIV-AIDS, kidney, heart and respiratory disease and face particular challenges in providing palliative care.
According to WHO and the World Palliative Care Alliance, a staggering 78% of the 19.2 million adults requiring palliative care are estimated to be in middle- and low-income countries. Often, health facilities in these countries lack pain medication, adequate hospital facilities, specially-trained medical staff, designated palliative care units and government or policy support. In particular, opioid pain-relief is very limited, and often prohibited from importation in a large number of African and Central/South Asian countries: an estimated 80% of the world’s population currently lacks access to opioids for pain relief at the end of one’s life.
“This partnership comes at a time when there is a large unmet need for palliative care within the health systems in Kenya and Tanzania,” said Dr. Gijs Walraven, Director of Health, signing the agreement on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network. “There is an urgent need for education, and for advocacy with decision makers to take action and create enabling environments for palliative care at the national level.”
Improving palliative care in Kenya and Tanzania
The enhancement of palliative care in middle and low-income countries is a key priority for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), working mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Expertise France has also responded to the burden of chronic and non-transmissible diseases in its strategy for improving health in middle- and low-income countries. The Institut Curie is a leading French institution for cancer care and research and has developed an innovative, multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to palliative care.
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Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a financial institution and the main implementing agency for France’s official development assistance to developing countries and overseas territories.
The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is one of three agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that support activities in health. The others are the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University (AKU). Together, the three agencies provide quality health care to five million people annually and work closely on planning, training and resource development. AKHS also works with the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) on the integration of health issues into specific projects. The AKDN health system has been operating in East Africa for over 80 years. Its expanding East Africa Integrated Health System is dedicated to providing high-quality health coverage at affordable prices to an economically diverse population.
Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. It aims at contributing to sustainable development based on solidarity and inclusiveness, mainly through enhancing the quality of public policies within the partner countries. Expertise France designs and implements cooperation projects addressing skills transfers between professionals. The agency also develops integrated offers, assembling public and private expertise in order to respond to the partner countries' needs.
A leading player in the fight against cancer, Institut Curie brings together an internationally-renowned research centre and an advanced hospital group that provides care for all types of cancer – including the rarest forms. Founded in 1909 by Nobel laureate Marie Curie, Institut Curie comprises three sites (Paris, Saint-Cloud and Orsay), where more than 3,300 members of staff are dedicated to achieving three objectives: hospital care; scientific research; and the sharing of knowledge and the preserving of legacy. As a private charitable foundation since 1921 that is recognised as serving the public interest, Institut Curie is supported by donations and grants. This support is used to fund discoveries that will improve treatment and the quality of life of cancer patients.
Evolution of Healthcare Design from Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi to Aga Khan Hospitals in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi
Published on Nov 6, 2015
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"Antecedents: Evolution of Healthcare Design from Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi Pakistan to Aga Khan Hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya"
IN a bid to improve health services in the country, Aga-Khan Hospital partnered with Aly-Khan Hospital from India, whereas the two hospitals specialists will exchange experience and know-how on health services.
In addition, the partnership will cut down costs used to be paid for overseas medical treatment, most of them in India. Speaking during a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Aga-Khan hospital Chief Operating officer, Sisawo Konteh said the move aims at improving health services offered by the institution in the country.
“We are in major infrastructure expansion and development; hence application of new technology is crucial in speeding service delivery. Most of Tanzanians had to travel to India for medical treatment and operations including total joint replacement, but they will not have to do so as we will have experts and technology to carry out such operations in the country,” he stressed.
Expounding further, he said funds that will be saved by the government in taking patients abroad for such treatments will be used for other development projects, which will improve lives of people.
According to him, the partnership will not only benefit the hospital but also other public and private hospitals with existence of new knee and hip replacement operation technology.
Speaking in the same event, Mumbai based Aly Khan hospital Chief Executive Officer, Sanjay Oak said the partnership is another evidence of true friendship the two countries have in improving lives of its people.
He noted that, health care is expensive, but with services being undertaken in the country will help more people.
“Health care in many countries are expensive and if we will join hands together and exchange experience we are in good position to reduce costs of medical treatments, and improve health of the people,” he noted.
Dr Oak said they will be in the country for almost 5 days, exchanging experience with Tanzanian counterparts, adding they will also conduct total knee and hip replacement operations, among others.
Aga Khan Hospital opens new State-of-the-Art Laboratory and Low Cost Inpatient Unit
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 8 June 2017 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, Acting Director of Curative Services at the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children today jointly opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory and a low cost inpatient unit at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Additional and expanded facilities within the hospital are being established as part of the Phase 2 Expansion of the hospital alongside the on-going construction of the new 14,000 sq. metre wing. The total cost of the expansion is approximately US$ 80 million, which includes a Tzs 120 billion (US$53.5million) loan facility from the French Development Agency Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and a Tzs 60 billion (US$ 26.3 million) grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.
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