Draft health policy likely to be devised within a week
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is formulating a draft of health policy and devising a strategy for its implementation to improve healthcare along with strengthening regulations as part of the first 100-day agenda of the ruling PTI, according to officials.
Health Sector Reforms Unit in collaboration with DFID UK, USAID, WHO, UNFPA, Unicef, JICA, Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan Population Welfare Council, Khyber Medical University and Khyber Medical College is busy in analysing the situation and hammering out a document that would be presented to the provincial cabinet for approval prior to assuming status of health policy.
October 2018 - While not all health improvements in the remote, rural areas of northern Pakistan can be ascribed to the AKDN alone, it is clear that the Network has had a significant impact in the region. In areas where it works, access to safe water rose from 5% of the population in 1986 to 72% in 2014. Likewise, infant mortality dropped from 158 per 1,000 live births in 1986 to 20 per 1,000 in 2014. The number of deliveries assisted by skilled attendants rose from 13% to 86%. Today, over 60 Aga Khan health centres are reaching more than 750,000 people in this area, responding to increasing concerns around high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, and other non-communicable diseases.
Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam has performed at least 102 plastic and reconstructive surgeries on women and children resulting from violence, burns and accidents.The hospital on November 27 will offer a free medical screening camp as it prepares to perform other 40 similar plastic surgeries on women and children.
AKUH Nairobi introduces region's most advanced cancer diagnostic technology
The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, announced that it has invested more than KES 600 million (​US $5.9 million) to become the first hospital in the region to introduce a state-of-the-art technology that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
The Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET-CT) scanner and Cyclotron is the first such scanner in East and Central Africa. It enables physicians to study the body in extraordinary detail, allowing them to diagnose diseases early and plan the most effective course of treatment. No longer will patients have to leave the region to access this advanced technology.
First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, was Chief Guest at a ceremony inaugurating the PET-CT scanner. Also in attendance were Dr Jackson Kioko, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, and other dignitaries.
An innovative mobile health application, Nighedaasht, which has helped expand access to vital maternal and neonatal health services in remote areas of Pakistan, has won a prestigious award at the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards 2018 (CDHA).
Nighedaasht won the top prize in the Maternal and Neonatal Health category. Judges commended the application’s innovative use of SMS technology to synchronise data about healthcare services received by pregnant women and new mothers in rural areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Nighedaasht was up against eight other finalists from Asia, Africa and Europe in the category.
The annual CDHA awards recognise the best digital health innovations in the 53 Commonwealth countries, which are raising the standard of healthcare and wellbeing. The award means that Nighedaast will be showcased to health ministers from around the Commonwealth during meetings at next year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva where policymakers will review emerging healthcare challenges and discuss which innovations can be scaled up.
Learn more about Nighedaast in this video.
“Gaps in health service delivery for expecting mothers and newborns are especially concerning in hard-to-reach areas," said Saleem Sayani, Director of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Digital Health Resource Centre. "Applications like Nighedaasht play a key role in ensuring that pregnant women and new mothers receive antenatal and postnatal care whenever and wherever they need it.”
From January to September 2018, Nighedaasht has helped serve 513 mothers; supported community midwives (CMW) with 158 deliveries, 399 initial antenatal, and 162 follow up antenatal visits; and tracked 47 referrals.
The application is currently being used by 31 CMWs and eight physicians in eight health facilities in northern Pakistan. The application was developed by the AKDN Digital Health Resource Centre under the AQCESS Project, implemented by Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan, and funded by the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada, and Global Affairs Canada.
Another award-winning mobile health application, Teeko, which was developed jointly by AKDN and Aga Khan University, has been adopted by the Sindh government after a successful pilot in the province in 2015.
The CDHA 2018 event was organised by the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health in association with the British Medical Journal, in Sri Lanka.
Dar es Salaam — The Aga Khan Hospital and Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) have partnered with religious leaders and non-governmental organisations to raise Sh268 million that will fund plastic and reconstructive surgery for 40 women and children who had suffered incidents that caused them to lose their original appearances.
The two facilities have been offering this kind of treatment and their initiative has now been supported by other organisations.
Women for Women - a non-governmental organisation - will provide doctors while Sadaka Network will coordinate the financial contributions from the public.
Dar es Salaam Regional Sheikh Alhad Mussa Salum said yesterday that the initiative deserved support from religious leaders.
"We are obliged to make vulnerable groups feel happy as part of our society. We can do this by putting our beliefs a side and unite to facilitate the achievement of one goal," he said as he asked people to contribute.
For his part, the Aga Khan Hospital Marketing and Communications manager Olayce Lotha said a total of 16 surgeons will be performed on November 27.
Ten will be from 'Women for Women' organisation, three from Aga Khan and three from MNH.
Aga Khan Hospital laboratory acquires global accreditation
NAIROBI, Kenya – The Aga Khan University Hospital Laboratory, Nairobi, Kenya has been awarded accreditation by the committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP accreditation is a global recognition for the excellence of the services provided by the Hospitals Laboratory.
Dr Zahir Moloo, the Chair Department of Pathology and Medical Director of Laboratory Services, was advised of this recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.
“It has been a team effort since we began our journey towards CAP Accreditation three years ago. The faculty and the technical team in the department are proud to be the first Hospital-based Clinical Laboratory in Africa to achieve such a high standard of recognition. This Accreditation will be recertified every two years” said Dr Zahir Moloo.
Dr Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, said: “We are very proud as an institution to be awarded this accreditation a testimony of our commitment to the provision of high-quality patient care equivalent to the best hospitals in the world. Quality diagnosis is critical to positive patient care outcomes, and this CAP accreditation is a validation of our laboratory’s capability which serves patients from across East Africa and Central. We appreciate and congratulate all our staff for their hard work towards this achievement. ”
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
CAP accreditation is one of many firsts for the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. In July 2003, AKUH became the first hospital in East Africa to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 (now ISO 9001:2008) by the International Organization for Standardization, which is awarded to organisations that are found to conform fully to standards set for quality management systems.
In 2013 AKUH attained the coveted internationally recognised Joint Commission International accreditation that is recertified every three years, a first in East and Central Africa, affirming the hospital’s commitment to achieve is its vision as the leading teaching and tertiary healthcare institution in sub-Saharan Africa.
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