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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:52 am    Post subject: Heart and Cancer Centre AKUH - East Africa Reply with quote

Aga Khan heart and cancer centre opens in Nairobi

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By CHARLES OMONDI and PPSPosted Monday, July 25 2011 at 14:48
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Kenya-based Aga Khan University Hospital has opened a new Heart and Cancer Centre.

The opening ceremony Monday was presided over by President Mwai Kibaki and His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community.

President Kibaki called for concerted efforts in the fight and treatment of cancer, noting that 50 Kenyans died daily as a result of the disease, while 82,000 were diagnosed annually.

His Highness the Aga Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the university hospital, said the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will continue to partner with governments, the financial sector and the civil society in meeting the demands and challenges posed by the technological changes in the health sector.

The Aga Khan observed that the Heart and Cancer Centre was in response to the burgeoning growth in chronic diseases in Kenya and the region and assured of quality and affordance service.

The centre, the Aga Khan said, was equipped with the most advanced technology to provide high standard care and treatment for the full spectrum of heart and cancer diseases.

Treatment

President Kibaki said his government would expedite the Draft Cancer Bill and Strategy in order to provide a framework for the treatment and control of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases.

He pointed out that once enacted, the Bill will complement the Tobacco Control Act and the National Alcohol Control Act that were now operational.
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President Kibaki and Aga Khan Open Aga Khan Hospital's Heart and Cancer Centre

Centre to be Part of a Regional Health System

Please also see: Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan and Speech by H.E. Hon. Mwai Kibaki

Nairobi, 25 July 2011 - His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya inaugurated the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre today, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The US$ 50 million facility brings international standards of patient care and cardiology and oncology treatment to Kenya, positioning the University Hospital as a hub in an integrated AKDN health system in East Africa. It also represents a significant expansion for the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in the region.

“We see our medical programmes here in Nairobi as nodes in a broad, regional health care network, reaching from Arusha to Kampala, from Nyeri to Mtwara and from Kigali to Malindi. Our goal is an integrated, best practice regional health system – providing a continuum of services from preventive and primary care to tertiary hospital-based care,” said the Aga Khan, speaking at the inauguration ceremony.

The Centre is part of the Aga Khan University’s long term development plans for its Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes the expansion of the Nairobi University Hospital to a 600-bed tertiary care facility and the establishment of an Undergraduate Medical Education Programme, an Undergraduate Nursing Programme and a School of Allied Health Professionals.

Beyond the medical field, the University is planning a new campus in Arusha to house a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the expansion of its Institute for Educational Development in Dar-es Salaam. New graduate schools are envisioned in the fields of Management, Leisure and Tourism, Law, Government and Public Policy, and Economic Growth, as well as a new Graduate School of Media and Communications, whose foundation ceremony is expected to take place later this week.

A Response to Emerging Trends in Health
An equally ambitious agenda for health-related programmes envisions an integrated regional health system for East Africa. Drawing on best practices, the system will seek to address fast-growing health problems that are emerging due to lifestyle changes in the developing world.

According to the World Health Organisation, 70 per cent of new cancers in the next 15 years will occur in developing countries, affecting younger working-age populations. Developing countries will therefore face a growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease alongside existing infectious diseases.

“In Kenya alone, some 80,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year, with an unusually high number among young people,” noted the Aga Khan. “The new Centre will be ideally positioned to address such issues,” he said, noting that it would offer specialised training in cardiology and oncology that is not currently available in East Africa.

Recognising the high cost of quality health care, the Aga Khan University Hospital also provides a subsidy to patients for whom the cost would otherwise be prohibitive.

“The Aga Khan University Hospital, through its Patient Welfare Programme, provides an average subsidy of 50 per cent to those patients who are unable to afford their care,” said the Aga Khan. He went on to point out that creative combinations of “endowment funding, credit and insurance offerings” would be required in the future to address the economics of health care.

International support for global standards
The Heart and Cancer Centre was established at a cost of over US$ 50 million with support from the Government of France, which provided US$ 35 million of financing through the Agence Française de Développement.

“This will be a bracing challenge, involving not only the University and the Hospital but also a wide array of cooperating partners, governments, schools and medical institutions,” said the Aga Khan, naming the University of Alberta and the University of California at San Francisco among the supporting partners.

Expressing his gratitude, the Aga Khan said that “without this international support, from France and others, including many individual donors, our solidly founded initiatives for the future would be but slender dreams”.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Honourable Uhuru Kenyatta, the Minister for Medical Services, Honourable Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, the Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, Mr. Zerah and various other government dignitaries and the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University.

For further information please contact:
Eunice Mwangi
Regional Manager
Resource Development and Public Relations
Aga Khan University- EA
Tel: +254 20 3662170
Mobile: +254 735 800100
Email: eunice.mwangi@aku.edu

Wanjiru Ruhanga
Communications Officer (East Africa)
Aga Khan Development Network
Tel: 254-20-2247372-5
Mobile: 254-735-704142
Email: wanjiru.ruhanga@akdnkenya.org

Semin Abdulla
Senior Communications Officer
Aga Khan Development Network
Mobile: 254-753 830830
Email: semin.abdulla@akdn.org
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Aga Khan heart and cancer centre opens in Nairobi



Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and His Highness the Aga Khan unveil a commemorative plaque to officially open the Aga Khan University Hospital Heart and Cancer Centre, Nairobi, July 25, 2011. PHOTO | PPS. |

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By CHARLES OMONDI and PPSPosted Monday, July 25 2011 at 14:48
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Kenya-based Aga Khan University Hospital has opened a new Heart and Cancer Centre.

The opening ceremony Monday was presided over by President Mwai Kibaki and His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community.

President Kibaki called for concerted efforts in the fight and treatment of cancer, noting that 50 Kenyans died daily as a result of the disease, while 82,000 were diagnosed annually.

His Highness the Aga Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the university hospital, said the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will continue to partner with governments, the financial sector and the civil society in meeting the demands and challenges posed by the technological changes in the health sector.

The Aga Khan observed that the Heart and Cancer Centre was in response to the burgeoning growth in chronic diseases in Kenya and the region and assured of quality and affordance service.

The centre, the Aga Khan said, was equipped with the most advanced technology to provide high standard care and treatment for the full spectrum of heart and cancer diseases.

Treatment

President Kibaki said his government would expedite the Draft Cancer Bill and Strategy in order to provide a framework for the treatment and control of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases.

He pointed out that once enacted, the Bill will complement the Tobacco Control Act and the National Alcohol Control Act that were now operational.
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President Kibaki opens heart and cancer center

Written By:PPS, Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011


President Kibaki alongside the Aga Khan Monday opened the Heart and cancer center at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi

President Mwai Kibaki has called for concerted efforts in the fight and treatment cancer, noting that 50 Kenyans die daily as a result of the disease while 82,000 are diagnosed annually.

To help fight the disease, the Government will expedite the finalization of the Draft Cancer Bill and Strategy in order to provide a comprehensive framework for the treatment and control of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases, President Kibaki assured Kenyans Monday.

The President pointed out that once enacted the Bill will complement the Tobacco Control Act and the National Alcohol Control Act that are now operational.

To further enhance access to heart and cancer treatment, especially to rural populations, the Head of State said, the Government will establish cancer centres outside Nairobi.

"The Government is also modernizing facilities at the Kenyatta National Hospital to meet current needs," the President said.

President Kibaki was speaking at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi where he presided over the official opening of the hospital's Heart and Cancer Centre.

He emphasized that the Government attaches great importance to the development of the health sector, saying the health of Kenyans is crucial to the country's socio-economic development.

Said the President: "It is for this reason that the Government has consistently increased funding for the health sector from 15 billion shillings 8 years ago to about 60 billion shillings currently."

In this regard, the President welcomed contribution of other players, especially the private sector and development partners, towards complementing the efforts of the Government to meet the increased demand for healthcare services.

President Kibaki observed that, as a result of the joint efforts of the Government and the private sector, the country has recorded positive developments with Infant Mortality Rate declining from 77 per 1000 children born to 52 per 1000.

The Head of State said the proportion of children receiving full immunization has also increased from 57 percent in to almost 80 percent.

President Kibaki, once again, commended His Highness the Aga Khan for his personal initiatives to improve the lives of Kenyans, saying the opening of the Heart and Cancer Centre is a major milestone towards bringing world class healthcare and medical education to Kenya and the wider East African region.

"The Centre, demonstrates the long term commitment of Your Highness to building excellence in the provision of quality healthcare in our region. Indeed, this state-of-the-art facility will provide an opportunity for Kenya to serve the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa," President Kibaki said.

Noting that the Heart and Cancer Centre will be accessible to the poor through the Aga Khan University Hospitals' Patient Welfare Program, the President said the program will ensure that world class treatment is available even to those who cannot afford the services.

President Kibaki added that the opening of the Heart and Cancer Centre is a timely response to cardiovascular diseases and cancers which are increasingly becoming a big health challenge, saying the centre will not only provide quality care but also create local capacity by training future generations of doctors in the specialties of cardiology and oncology.

Said the President: "This Centre will also be used to train professionals and undertake research in these areas. It will enable our professionals and expatriates working outside Kenya to come and offer the much needed services to our people."

Speaking during the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta thanked the government of France through the French Development Agency for the continued support to Kenya 's development agenda.

Mr. Kenyatta also expressed appreciation to the Aga Khan Development network for choosing Kenya as its regional center for its activities focusing on health and education sectors.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government encouraged public/private partnerships in all sectors including Energy, Transport and Agriculture to enable the country realize targets envisioned under Vision 2030.

The Minister for Medical Services Prof. Anyang Nyong'o, on his part, assured that the Government was developing mechanisms that will ensure poor Kenyans access specialized treatment.

He also paid tribute to the Aga Khan Foundation for supporting Government initiatives in the provision of quality healthcare services.

His highness the Aga Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, said the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will continue to partner with governments, the financial sector and the civil society in meeting the demands and challenges posed by the technological changes in the health sector.

The Aga Khan observed that the newly opened Heart and Cancer Center was in response to the burgeoning growth in chronic diseases in Kenya and the region and assured of quality and affordance service.

The center, the Aga Khan said, is equipped with the most advanced technology to provide high standard care and treatment for the full spectrum of heart and cancer diseases.

Saying the Aga Khan University was also partnering with other international institutions to build local capacity to provide highly specialized healthcare, His Highness assured the underprivileged members of society that they will access medical services.

Others who spoke during the occasion included the Director-General FDA Mr. Dov Zerah and the Aga Khan University Hospital Cardiac Programme Director Dr. Harun otieno.

The ceremony was also attended by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, Public Health Minister Beth Mugo and Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura among other dignitaries.

The Aga Khan University, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, operates in eight countries including Kenya , Tanzania , Uganda , Egypt , Pakistan , the United Kingdom , Syria and Afghanistan.


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Kenyan Jamat gathers to witness opening of Heart and Cancer Centre by Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Kibaki

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Aga Khan University Hospital Heart and Cancer Centre in Nairobi. Photo: Ejaz Karmali

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Nairobi, 25 July 2011 — Thousands of Ismailis gathered at the Parklands Complex Pavillion in Nairobi to witness the opening of a new Heart and Cancer Centre. The Aga Khan University Hospital facility was inaugurated by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

The Heart and Cancer Centre brings international standards of patient care in cardiology and oncology treatment to Kenya, positioning the University Hospital as a hub in an integrated AKDN health system being established in East Africa. It also represents a significant expansion for the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in the region.
Also see:
» AKDN coverage: Press release, photographs, Hazar Imam’s speech, President Kibaki’s speech
» Gallery: Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Jamati visit to Kenya
» Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with President Kibaki in Nairobi
» Mawlana Hazar Imam attends Kenyan Jamati Institutional Dinner
» Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Kenya

“It gives me great pleasure to preside over the opening of the Heart and Cancer Centre of the Aga Khan University hospital,” said President Kibaki. “The opening of this Centre is a major milestone towards bringing world class healthcare and medical education to Kenya and the wider East African region.”

Recalling the Ismaili Imamat’s long tradition of caring for the wellness of people that stretches back a thousand years to the great hospitals of the Fatimid era, Mawlana Hazar Imam described the opening of the Centre as a “benchmark moment.”
Princess Zahra meets with members of the Aga Khan University Hospital staff in Nairobi. Photo: Aziz Islamshah
Princess Zahra meets with members of the Aga Khan University Hospital staff in Nairobi. Photo: Aziz Islamshah

“Today’s inauguration of the Heart and Cancer Centre follows in this long tradition, and points the way to broader, future horizons,” said Hazar Imam.

The Centre is part of the Aga Khan University’s long term development agenda for its Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes the expansion of the Nairobi University Hospital to a 600-bed tertiary care facility and the establishment of an Undergraduate Medical Education Programme, an Undergraduate Nursing Programme and a School of Allied Health Professionals.

“It is a substantial, demanding agenda,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam, “and the agenda for our health-related programmes is equally ambitious.”

“We see our medical programmes here in Nairobi as nodes in a broad, regional health care network, reaching from Arusha to Kampala, from Nyeri to Mtwara and from Kigali to Malindi. Our goal is an integrated, best practice regional health system – providing a continuum of services from preventive and primary care to tertiary hospital-based care.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam bids farewell to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, as Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University, looks on. Photo: Ejaz Karmali
Mawlana Hazar Imam bids farewell to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, as Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University, looks on. Photo: Ejaz Karmali

The integrated regional health system for East Africa envisioned by the Imam responds to emerging health trends in the developing world. According to the World Health Organisation, 70 per cent of new cancers in the next 15 years will occur in developing countries, affecting younger working-age populations. Developing countries will therefore face a growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease alongside existing infectious diseases.

“The opening of the Heart and Cancer Centre is, therefore, a timely response to this threat as it will provide quality care and also create local capacity by training future generations of doctors in the specialties of cardiology and oncology,” noted President Kibaki. The President also praised the Aga Khan University Hospitals’ Patient Welfare Programme, which provides an average subsidy of 50 per cent of the cost of care to those for whom it would otherwise be unaffordable.

The $50-million Heart and Cancer Centre was established with financial support from the Government of France, as well as the assistance of numerous partner institutions including the University of Alberta and the University of California in San Francisco.

“Without this international support, from France and others, including many individual donors, our solidly founded initiatives for the future would be but slender dreams,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam.
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Better cancer care essential, says Aga Khan
Posted by JUDIE KABERIA on July 26, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – The Aga Khan has urged governments to tap the benefits of private public partnerships to boost healthcare especially cancer, with statistics of 50 Kenyans dying of the disease every day while 82,000 others are diagnosed with the ailment annually.

Speaking during the opening of the Heart and Cancer Centre at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, on Monday he expressed concern that unlike in the past when cancer was mostly common in older people, the trend was changing as the disease was spreading to younger people.

“The World Health Organisation warns us that heart diseases and cancer will reach epidemic proportions in the next decade or two unless we take decisive counter-measures. In Kenya alone some 80,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year with an unusually high number among young people,” he asserted.

He urged the government to nurture partnerships with the private sector and establish strategies that will help manage cancer and heart diseases to come up with quality as well as affordable medical care services in the country.

He further accentuated the need of investing in proper medical training and research which, he noted, many African countries overlooked.

The Aga Khan called on developing countries to start venturing in quality research and education to equip medical centres with qualified manpower to address medical needs of their citizens.

“Let me mention two investment areas that are most sadly short-changed in the developing world, research and education. Productive research needs to be rooted in patient-based experience, even as sound practice must be informed by new knowledge,” he said.

He insisted on African nations empowering local medical institutions to provide high tech training and medical care in view of the high costs involved to get treatment and studies abroad.

“Let us put behind us the day when young Africans thought they had to go to other parts of the world for quality medical education. Similarly, let the day also pass when African patients think they must go to other parts of the world to find quality medical care,” he commented.

President Mwai Kibaki who launched new state-of-the-art centre shared the same thoughts of concerted efforts in the management of cancer while he appreciated the role played by the private sector in provision of medical services.

The President pledged the government’s commitment to respond to the increasing cases of cancer and heart problems as be promised to speed up finalisation of the Draft Cancer Bill and Strategy to facilitate a broad framework for treatment and control of the two ailments.

“The Government will also fast track the finalisation of the Draft Cancer Bill and Strategy in order to provide a comprehensive framework for the treatment and control of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases. Once enacted, the Bill will complement the Tobacco Control Act and the National Alcohol Control Act that are now operational,” he promised.

President Kibaki further announced the government’s plan to equip Kenyatta National Hospital with modern cancer treatment facilities and also extend the services to other parts of the country to benefit those in rural areas.

Medical Services Minister Prof Anyang Nyong’o who felt that cancer was on the increase due to, among other factors changing lifestyles, singled out reforms in the medical sector as a critical intervention that would offer care to those in need especially the poor in the society.

As he appreciated the launch of the heart and cancer centre in Nairobi, he said Kiambu and Gatundu districts had been offered for training of medical personnel from the Aga Khan University.

Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta who hailed the new centre acknowledged the benefits that Kenyans would reap from the centre citing the challenges faced due to shortage of resources in the medical sector in the country.

He said the launch of the centre was a positive gesture and an example that the government and the private sector in Kenya should emulate to establish medical centres of excellence to counter the shortage of quality medical care and also bring down the cost of treatment.
The Sh4.5 billion centre is designed to respond to the increasing cancer and heart diseases and it is the first of its kind in East Africa.

The five-storey complex equipped with among others five theatres and 23 intensive care beds will also be a research and an education centre for training cardiologists and oncologists.


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Nairobi, Kenya, 25/07/2011 - His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya inaugurated the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre today, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The US$ 50 million facility brings international standards of patient care and cardiology and oncology treatment to Kenya, positioning the University Hospital as a hub in an integrated AKDN health system in East Africa. It also represents a significant expansion for the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in the region.
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Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Cancer diagnostic, treatment services to expand - minister

By Malela Kassim

29th January 2014

The government is planning to wide the provision of cancer related health services in various health facilities including KCMC and Bugando hospitals in Kilimanjaro and Mwanza regions respectively as an initiative geared to address the growing challenge of deaths resulting from the disease.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the launch of the Oncology Programme of the Aga Khan Hospital, Minister for Health and Social Welfare Dr Seif Rashid said the move comes as statistics show that there are about 44,000 new patients diagnosed with cancer in the country.

“Currently many people don’t have access to timely diagnostic and curative services due to shortage of skilled health care workers and shortage of health facilities that offer diagnostic and treatment services to cancer patients…we must end this,” he said.

Speaking of the Aga Khan new Oncology programme which is part of the hospital’s phase two expansion plan worth 130bn/-, he said the building is designed for cardiac and other medical specialists.

He said it is another important achievement in Public Private Partnership (PPP) and a milestone in health improvement in the country.

He noted: “The hospital has also significantly invested in enhancing its surgical resources to effectively carry out much needed cancer surgeries. The hospital is also planning to install Nuclear Medicine and a high-end Multi Slice CT scanner which are needed diagnostic tools for Cancer detection.”

Earlier, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network, Princess Zahra Aga Khan said Oncology clinics which began in December last year have to date carried out over 50 chemotherapy treatments.

“Our Oncology programme will be the most comprehensive compared to other private health centers that offer the same service in Tanzania. The hospital’s expansion is the largest ever carried out by the Aga Khan Health Services since its establishment in 1964 and the single largest private sector investment in health care in Tanzania,” she said.

According to her, the new facilities are designed to come up with almost 13,000 square metres, renovations of approximately 6,000 square metres and will double the hospital’s capacity to over 150 beds.

She said the development will also provide an opportunity for capacity building and additional recruitment resulting in a total staff complement of over 800 healthcare practitioners and other professionals who will be responsible for providing much needed and high-end clinical services.
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