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Aga Khan Health Services’ Commitment to a Healthier Tomorrow

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The Health Sector’s Responsibility

Tackling climate change by reducing operational emissions across the globe is a top priority of the AKDN. With healthcare operations in eight countries, AKHS is committed to better understanding our carbon footprint. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates health operations to be responsible for 5-15% of a nation’s carbon emissions. According to conservative estimates, health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) may contribute between 3-5% of their countries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

Learning that health operations have damaging environmental impacts, and potentially long- and short-term impacts on human health, besides contributing to climate change and environmental pollution can be an unsettling realisation. Thus, the health sector has a twofold responsibility - caring for patients today without creating additional problems for future generations.

‘Net-Zero’ Ambition

AKHS aims to achieve net-zero operations by 2030. Since 2019, net-zero plans for its largest healthcare operations in Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya have initiated across all operations and are delivering carbon reductions in key areas.

Measures have been identified that will reduce AKHS footprint by 57% with an average payback time of approximately six years. These will have a positive impact on the environment in areas of operation but will also result in reducing running costs through condensed energy and fuel costs.

Beginnings

To reduce its carbon footprint, initially AKHS had limited awareness and action on where and how to reduce the impact and risk of climate change. There was, however, concern about the increasing effects of climate change, such as floods due to melting glaciers in Northern Pakistan, heat waves in Karachi, etc. Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan (AKHS,P) emerged as a natural testing ground for this endeavour.

In remote valleys where distances are vast or in villages with no secondary healthcare facilities, the option of connecting with doctors in modern health facilities via telemedicine saves patients’ time and money and impacts emissions. Between 2014 and 2021, 3,310 teleconsultations were completed, including 3,189 live teleconsultations in different specialties; tele-radiology will be piloted soon.

Breaking New Ground

Some challenges AKHS initially faced were lack of technical expertise to establish a carbon baseline. To bring AKHS net-zero ambitions to fruition, a comprehensive carbon footprinting tool was developed, with colleagues from the Aga Khan University Hospital, suitable for use by non-experts operating in LMICs. The greenhouse gasses (GHG) accounting tool has been used in all nine healthcare operations and globally in 800 healthcare facilities. Furthermore, it is offered free to any organisation or agency looking to reduce its carbon footprint and increase the impact of climate-smart actions. The pioneering work of AKHS is attracting the interest of governments and global bodies, such as the WHO, alike.

Early rewards

The AKHS climate-change programme also comes with a knowledge and skills enhancement component. Over 170 staff, in facilities, procurement, administrative, clinical and leadership roles, have been trained in carbon and environmental awareness, to master data collection, analysis and to develop remedial measures.

In Mombasa, Kenya, 256 tons of CO2 emissions have been saved in zero cost anaesthetics practice measures, contributing towards a 57% reduction in emissions. Other no- or low-cost measures such as carpooling, improved waste management and prudent use of products and energy have been inaugurated.

In Pakistan, waste volumes and emissions have been controlled at the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Gilgit by 60% and ACs and refrigerators shifted to the most environment-friendly gases.

The Sustainable Development Goal for universal health coverage will require massive investment in growing healthcare in LMICs over the coming decade. Following a net-zero path by design could mean that universal health coverage becomes more achievable in this generation while protecting the health of generations to come.

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Aga Khan constructing Sh13.8bn Cancer Centre in Dar es Salaam

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Health minister Ummy Mwalimu and the chairperson of the Aga Khan Health Services Board Executive Committee, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, lay the foundation stone for a cancer treatment centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, yesterday. PHOTO | COURTESY

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- The centre, which will be built at the hospital in Dar es Salaam, will receive up to 125 patients in need of radiation services per day.
- The construction comes at a time when official data from the Health minister, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, shows that 68 out of 100 cancer patients die each year.

Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, has officially launched the construction of its state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Centre that will benefit up to 1.7 million people in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza regions.

The centre, which will be built at the hospital in Dar es Salaam, will receive up to 125 patients in need of radiation services per day.
The construction comes at a time when official data from the Health minister, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, shows that 68 out of 100 cancer patients die each year.

Due to this challenge, the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP) launched in January 2020 by the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), has decided to build the facility before the project ends in 2024.

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Speaking yesterday during the laying of the foundation stone for construction of the Sh13.8 billion facility, Princess Zahra Aga Khan said the event marked the important purpose of the project which was to improve cross-border cancer treatment services in the country.

“Statistics from the UN Cancer Research Organisation show that Tanzania receives 42,000 patients annually with an average death rate of 28,000 per year,” she said.

“About 75 percent of these patients are diagnosed in the late stages. This is a major challenge affecting the chances of recovery,” added Princess Zahra.

Ms Stephanie Mouen, the director of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Tanzania, said she believed that by the end of the TCCP project, better diagnostic services would reach 1.7 million beneficiaries in the regions of Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

He said the project would also help better control the spread of cancer by increasing the number of patients diagnosed at an early stage from 20 to 50 percent.

“But it will also provide training for health care providers from the grassroots to clinics, as well as increase public awareness of cancer through the media and other means of communication,” said Ms Mouen.

The event, which coincided with the exhibition of various articles on health care delivery at the hospital, was also attended by the Ms Mwalimu who advised Tanzanians to have a culture of going for regular health check-ups.

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Tanzania: Nimr, Aga Khan Partnership to Boost Health Research

Medical Research (NIMR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aga Khan Health Services in Tanzania (AKHST) to collaborate in health research and information sharing.

The MoU which was signed in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday opened a new beginning in health research chapter by supporting programmes which are being executed by both institutions with the aim of improving treatment and medication in Tanzania.

"This includes research in academic and clinical areas by designing agenda through committees to be composed by both parties to participate in operation research. "NIMR will also develop capacity through training Aga Khan University (AKU) and AKHST staff on how to conduct clinical trials.

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Foundation stone laid for Tanzanian cancer care centre, 1.7m to benefit
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 12 April 2022 – The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam laid the foundation stone for its state-of-the-art cancer care centre, which will serve as a key hub for the innovative Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP). The Project, launched by the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in January 2020, has the goal of reducing cancer morbidity and mortality in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza. In addition to providing 1.7 million people with better screening, early diagnosis and quality treatment, the new centre will support the establishment of basic cancer care services in 100 public primary-care health facilities in the targeted regions.

Like many LMICs, Tanzania struggles with a ballooning number of cancer cases across the country, and limited resources to treat them comprehensively. In response, TCCP is working to improve and expand the existing health infrastructure for oncology; build the capacity of staff at participating institutions; strengthen community cancer awareness and engagement; and develop a joint research agenda amongst project collaborators to inform future programming and investments.

This cutting-edge cancer care centre at Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam is valued at TZS 250 billion (US$ 107.5 million), with an expected completion date of March 2024.

The foundation laying ceremony was attended by Chief Guest, Minister of Health Honourable Ummy Ally Mwalimu and Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Health Services, alongside government officials, diplomatic missions, development partners, healthcare stakeholders and dignitaries.

“We know that non-communicable diseases, including cancer, affect us all,” said Honourable Minister Ummy Ally Mwalimu. “We all know people whose lives have been cut short by cancer. It also causes significant losses to the nation because the disease reduces the workforce…”

The Government has allocated land surrounding the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam to ensure the institution can expand the scope of its cancer services and citizens can easily access much-needed care. This expansion is expected to reduce patient wait times and delays at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, a key partner in the TCCP. Also, once the new centre is open a considerable portion of cancer patients who currently cannot afford treatment, will be able to secure welfare support to treat their disease.

“Today’s ceremony marks a critical project objective of enhancing comprehensive cancer care facilities in the country,” said Princess Zahra Aga Khan. “Statistics from the United Nations Cancer Research Organization show that there are 42,000 new cancer cases every year in Tanzania, with a high mortality rate of over 28,000 deaths per year. Almost 75 percent of the cases are diagnosed at a late stage. This is a major challenge that affects survival rates.”

“AKHS,T’s continued growth over nine decades is a strong testimony to our commitment to health care and development in the country.”

About the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP)

A four-year, public-private initiative funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), as well as the Aga Khan Foundation, and with a total funding of TZS 38 billion (US$ 16.3 million), TCCP is a first-of-its kind initiative focused on addressing the impact of non-communicable diseases in Tanzania. The Project brings together key health institutions, specifically the Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania (AKHS,T), Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Muhimbili National Hospital, Bugando Medical Centre, Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania and Aga Khan University; under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government , and with technical support provided by Institute Curie, the French foundation for cancer research.

For more information, please contact:

Oreyo-Pierronnet – Regional Communication Manager for Eastern Africa, AFD

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Olayce Steven Lotha- Senior Marketing and Communications Manager, Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania

olayce.liotaz@akhst.org / +255 717 516 650

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2022, April 2022: Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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2022, April 2022: Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Honourable Ummy Mwalimu, Honourable Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania,

Ms Stephanie Mouen, Country Director, Agence Française de Développement,

President and Vice Chancellor of AKU and fellow members of AKU Board of Trustees,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies, Gentlemen and Friends,


Jambo and Kribu and Ramadhan Kareem

Today marks the beginning of another really exciting journey for the Aga Khan Development Network as we lay the Foundation Stone for the cancer care centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam. We are grateful to Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to the Ministry of Health and to various other Government authorities for their support and cooperation in enabling us to build the cancer care centre at this strategically important site.

We also extend our immense gratitude to Agence Française de Développement for being a critical partner on this project. Our relationship with AFD goes back many years and spans many initiatives. Their commitment and partnership have shown an incredible commitment to improving health outcomes in East Africa and AFD has been instrumental in our work. Thank you!

This centre will further enable the Aga Khan Development Network to play a pivotal role in promoting cancer care of international standards in Tanzania.

Honourable Minister,

Your continuous support to our endeavours in the health sector is truly appreciated, and for this we would like to convey our deepest gratitude. Thank you! We are fortunate and grateful that you performed the commencement ceremony for the Phase 2 project of the Aga Khan Hospital, and today you will lay the foundation of the cancer care centre and thank you indeed for that again. Following the completion of Aga Khan Hospital’s Phase 2 project, Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania and Agence Française de Développement undertook a study on the prevalence of cancer in the country.

This study highlighted the need to establish comprehensive cancer care services as cancer is becoming an increasing burden for public health in the country. Statistics from the United Nations Cancer Research Organization (IARC) show that there are 42,000 new cases of cancer each year in Tanzania, with a high mortality rate of over 28,000 are mortalities. Almost 75 percent of those cases are diagnosed at stage 3 and 4. This is a major challenge and affects survival rates. Cervical Cancer represent 40 percent of all female cancers in Tanzania and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programmes are still in their infancies, unfortunately. Facilities are few and far between requiring patients to travel long distances to reach facilities for cancer screening, early diagnosis, and treatment. As a result, cancer patients present themselves too often too late.

The cancer burden can be greatly reduced if there is widespread awareness for people to have routine health check-ups, so the disease can be caught early on and easily treated.

The findings of the study above have guided the establishment of the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project, a strategic public-private-partnership, led by the Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania together with the Government of Tanzania and Agence Française.

Thanks to a 13.3 million Euro grant, 10 million from Agence Française and 3.3 million from Aga Khan Development Network.

This four-year project is an evidence-based comprehensive initiative, aimed at reducing the burden of cancer morbidity and mortality, through a strategy that focuses on the enhanced performance and expanded outreach of the TCCP partner institutions including:

1. The Ministry of Health

2. The President's Office

3. Ocean Road Cancer Institute

4. Muhimbili National Hospital,

5. Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, and with the technical help of the Institut Curie in Paris, France.

Today’s foundation stone ceremony marks a critical project objective of enhancing comprehensive cancer care facilities in this country. The cancer care centre will have two linear accelerators to complement radiation oncology at the Ocean Road Institute and it will work with the public health system to strengthen community cancer care practices, as well as services that are affordable, comprehensive and stretched across the nation. It will include primary preventive services, screening and early detection. The new centre will work with government health facilities, to provide welfare support to needy patients, including beneficiaries of the National Health Insurance Fund NHIF.

AKHS,T’s continued growth over nine decades is a strong testimony of our commitment to health care and development in this country. Today, AKHS facilities are known for their high level of ethical practices, innovation and provision of quality, safe and evidence-based care. The hub-and spokes-model, with one hospital here in Dar es Salaam, a medical centre in Mwanza and 24 outreach centres across 14 regions of the country, enables our institutions to increase access to quality health services, as well as to work closely with the government and other partners across the health spectrum.

Our institutions contribute to and positively help impact the health of over a million people in Tanzania every year. The patient welfare programme enables non-affording Tanzanians to utilise services at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam and in Mwanza. The programme provides financial support of about 5 billion TZS which equates to US$ 2.2 million annually and this is in addition to the 24 billion TZS which is US$ 10.2 million contributed through subsidised services offered under the NHIF programme.

The Aga Khan Health Service has been working relentlessly to attract international grants to strengthen the health systems in Tanzania, in coordination with the Government of Tanzania and especially the Ministry of Health.

Earlier, amongst other investments, AKHS was able to secure a US$ 14.7 million IMPACT project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, aimed at improving access to reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the Mwanza region between 2017 and 2021. The project made a substantive contribution towards reducing maternal and newborn mortality in the Mwanza region, reaching over 1 million beneficiaries.

I thank the President’s Office and the Ministry of Health for exceptional support to the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project, and for being part of the Project Steering Committee, monitoring project implementation. Without your continuous support and guidance, the project could not be successful.

I also thank the Bugando Medical Center, Ocean Road Cancer Institute and Muhimbili National Hospital for their active participation and contributions to the success of this innovative partnership, which we believe, will positively change the landscape in Tanzania for cancer prevention and treatment.

Also, our special appreciation to Institute Curie for their commitment as a full partner primarily responsible for providing technical expertise, and guidance concerning the implementation of the project across the cancer care spectrum.

Also, I extend my thanks and appreciation to all cancer stakeholders such as foundations and survivor groups participating in the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project.

My heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been involved in planning this state-of-the-art Cancer Centre.

On a personal note, I am so very happy to see this event happen today. I have been discussing this project as part of the wider project in Dar es Salaam and in Tanzania with my father for 20 years and I know that he would be thrilled to be here. So, thank you!
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Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam | Foundation Ceremony - Highlights

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Once completed the state-of-the-art cancer care centre at Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam will enable a considerable portion of needy cancer patients to treat their disease with welfare support.
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Aga Khan Hospital receives US Gold Seal Accreditation

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Aga Khan Hospital receives US Gold Seal Accreditation

Africa-Press – Tanzania. THE Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam has received the third Gold Standard re-accreditation of Joint Commission International (JCI) USA as a remarkable symbol of quality, safety and patient centred care.

It attained the status 29th July this year and it remains the first and only hospital in Tanzania to have achieved that.

A statement that was availed to the media in Dar es Salaam recently, it stated that the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation is the most objective and prestigious international certification in the field of healthcare that is considered the ‘gold standard’ of quality and is a confirmation of the compliance of a medical organization with internationally accepted medical standards.

The statement further reads that it is a matter of immense pride and happiness that the Tanzanian institution was able to achieve the unique distinction.

In essence, the Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania operates an integrated healthcare system across the country and has been engaged in providing quality health care for over 90 years in uplifting quality of health care through its wide range of service.

During the re-accreditation process, the hospital was evaluated by international surveyors, delving into more than one thousand measurable elements, covering all aspects of healthcare delivery that included efficiency of procedures and appropriateness in documentation of patients’ records.

It also highlighted patients’ engagement and education, infection control, medication management, physician practice, safety and maintenance, including equipment and disaster preparedness.

In their recommendation, tmembers noted that the re-accreditation is a clear demonstration of joint efforts, inclination and commitment by the team at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam for an outstanding goal to provide international quality standard, safety and patient centred care at home.

Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam (AKH-Dar)is part of Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) established in 1964 to provide general medical services, specialist clinics and state of the art diagnostic services in the country.

In the course, it has grown in recent years, expanding its services and upgrading its facilities. The expansion programme has emphasised the introduction of high-quality, high-technology laboratory, medicine, and radiology services, which have enhanced the capability of AKH-Dar to provide referral services as part of the AKHS international referral system, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.

With community health programmes in large geographical areas in Central and South Asia, as well as East Africa, and more than 200 health facilities, including nine hospitals, the AKHS is one of the most comprehensive private not-for-profit health care systems in the developing world.

AKHS has facilities in Kenya and Tanzania that provide care to over 800,000 patients annually in both rural and urban areas, and preventive and curative contexts. Its hospitals and health centres provide an increasingly comprehensive range of high-quality clinical services.

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Safety first: Prince Aly Khan Hospital shuts in-patient service after declared unsafe

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The 77-year-old hospital wrote to its doctors saying that keeping in mind the health and safety of the patients, staff, and all stakeholders, the board has decided to halt the inpatient admissions and suspend surgeries with immediate effect

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Mumbai: The iconic Prince Aly Khan Hospital (PAKH) in Byculla has decided to shut its in-patient admissions and surgeries after an independent structural audit found that the main building was unsafe for occupancy.

The 77-year-old hospital wrote to its doctors saying that keeping in mind the health and safety of the patients, staff, and all stakeholders, the board has decided to halt the inpatient admissions and suspend surgeries with immediate effect.

Amin Manekia, chairman of PAKH said they got the structural audit report on August 19, and the board met on August 20 morning. “I am still trying to wrap my head around the development. We did all we could do by carrying out regular repairs, maintenance etc. We had regular structural audits. Last year’s structural audit showed significant deterioration after which we carried out repair works for eight-nine months,” he said.

Manekia, who was born at the hospital and stayed in the hospital premises until a few years back, said recently, a part of the ceiling in the X-ray room came off and they consulted the BMC after which a detailed structural audit was carried out. He said the report, which puts the building in C-1 category (dilapidated), will be submitted to the BMC on August 22 while they start the second round of structural audit. “The C-1 category implies the building needs to be demolished or rebuilt. It is too early to say as we go ahead with the second audit. Hopefully, we will find a viable solution. For us, our patients’ and staff’s safety is our topmost priority and will not be compromised at any cost. We, therefore, decided to shut the in-patient service with immediate effect as soon as the first audit report came. We had to take the tough decision,” said Manekia.

Doctors attached to the hospital said the news of the hospital shutting the in-patient service came as a shock as they never thought it was in such dilapidated condition.

“We heard that a part of the ceiling in the X-ray room had come off recently after which they went for an independent structural audit as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directives. We received an email from the board on April 20 about the temporary shutdown. It was abrupt,” said a senior doctor from the hospital. Among the well-known doctors attached to the hospital are- eminent surgical oncologist Dr Sultan Pradhan, Dr Anil D’Cruz, former director of Tata Memorial Hospital, and well-known surgical oncologist, Dr Gustad Daver, a renowned vascular surgeon.


The 154-bed hospital had started as a 16-bed nursing home in 1945 and during the Covid-19 pandemic, it treated more than 3000 Covid-19 patients. At present, the hospital has 65-70 admitted patients. “We spoke to all our doctors for all the patients who are admitted with us right now. We have an average hospital stay of 4-5 days. Most of our patients will get discharged in the next few days. The critical patients will be taken care of with adequate care,” said Manekia.

The hospital annually sees over 170,000 outpatients and 9,000 in-patients.

Earlier in the year, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) had announced the expansion plan for PAKH. The 350-bed hospital, which is coming up opposite PAKH’s current location, is presently in the planning stage and will take 4-5 years for completion.


“We thought at least till then the main building will be there with us. The structural audit’s development has come as a complete shock for all of us. We had recently inaugurated our transit building that houses the outdoor patient services and a brand-new maternity wing. The OPD services will be on. Meantime, for inpatients, we have a good rapport with neighbouring hospitals where the patients will be referred,” said Manekia.

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Prince Aly Khan Hospital demolition to begin today

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27 oct 2022

HIndustan Times

Mumbai The demolition of the 70-year-old Prince Aly Khan (PAKH) building, Mazgaon, will begin on Tuesday after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) served them demolition notice on December 23.

PAKH had stopped surgeries and hospitalisation on August 20 after the structural audit report showed the main building fall under the Category 1 - dangerous and dilapidated. The hospital management later approached the Bombay high court after the staff continued to take diagnostic tests even after the management announced the shutdown. The second structural audit started on September 12 and the report came on September 27, confirming the results of the first structural audit. The third structural audit carried out by IIT Bombay, which was submitted in the Bombay high court, said the 70-year-old hospital building has gone through several cycles of repairs in the past and is now beyond practical repair. The report said any kind of structural repairs are neither logical nor economically viable. It said the repair of the building is not habitable under seismic conditions.

A press statement issued by the hospital management said they were discontinuing all operations. “The PAKH Board of Trustees are deeply pained by the serious findings and recommendations of all three structural audits, and the subsequent BMC notice under Sec 354 to initiate demolition proceedings of the main office building within seven days and were left with no choice but to discontinue all operations at the hospital in the best interests of all stakeholders,” the statement said. The 154-bed hospital started off as a 16-bed nursing home in 1945. The hospital saw over 170,000 outpatients and 9,000 in-patients every year.

“We will be barricading the building tomorrow and empty the building by selling off the equipment including CT Scan machine. Many hospitals are interested in taking the equipment. We have also called for a tender and advertisement in the newspapers,” said the official.

Along with the main building, which is dilapidated according to the structural audits, the management is going to bring down the two-year-old four floor outpatient building as well.

“We had shut the inpatient department in August, but continued with OPD services as we were awaiting the structural audit reports. Now that the demolition of the main building, which houses the inpatient services, is inevitable, we have sent the notice for closure for the OPD building too. We will be demolishing both the buildings as it is financially not viable to only run OPDs. The small rental amount we get from the doctors for the OPD is not enough to cover the cost of salaries and keeping the building running,” said a senior official from PAKH.

While the management stopped the OPD service from December 21, the intent of closure is for 60 days and all the PAKH will be paid salary and contractual dues till February 19, informed the PAKH official. The hospital’s 950 staff included patient service, front desk, nurses, ward boys, technicians etc. along with some full-time doctors.

Once the hospital buildings are razed, the plot will remain vacant. According to the BMC’s development plan, the area is earmarked for school.

Earlier in the year, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) had announced the expansion plan for PAKH. The 350-bed hospital, which is coming up opposite PAKH’s current location, is presently in the planning stage and will take 5-6 years for completion.

“The building plan is finalised. The hospital will come up phase-wise. It will have 200 beds in the first phase,” said the officer.

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Aga Khan to install Sh12 billion radiation equipment

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Summary: The equipment which cost between €4.5 million (Sh10.8 billion) to €5 million (Sh12 billion) will have the capacity to treat 50 to 75 patients within eight working hours.
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Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan Health Institute has signed an agreement with Elekta Company for the procurement and installation of radiation therapy equipment that will better cancer screening and treatment in the country.

The equipment which cost between €4.5 million (Sh10.8 billion) to €5 million (Sh12 billion) will have the capacity to treat 50 to 75 patients within eight working hours.

The agreement, aimed at enabling the institute to acquire one of the world’s most advanced machines, will improve the provision of quality health services to Tanzanians.

Aga Khan constructing Sh13.8bn Cancer Centre in Dar es Salaam

The manager for the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam in charge of the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP), Harrison Chuwa, said that the equipment will be installed in linear accelerators models.

“As an oncologist, having signed an agreement to purchase the citiscan and radiation machine is like a dream come true,” he said.

“We started with one machine only years ago and later, we added two more machines. In 2018 the number increased to six. The new machine will make it seven,” added Dr Chuwa.

He said that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), one million people are supposed to use one machine, thereby hinting that the country falls short of 50 machines to cater the country’s 61 million population.

According to him, by installing the machine, Tanzania would be the second country in East Africa after Kenya.

For his part, Elekta vice president Feras Al Hasan said that cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, noting that the company was responsible for ensuring that every country has access to modern equipment.

“Elekta will provide the equipment and train local experts, therefore enabling them to offer quality cancer treatment services to citizens,” he said.
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Aga Khan Foundation helps vulnerable community members start businesses


20,000 vulnerable community members across six counties in Kenya have benefitted.
In Summary

• Funded by the European Union, the programme has been sponsored to the tune of Sh56 million.

• Beneficiaries in Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu counties on the Coast, and Kisii and Nakuru counties in the Western part of Kenya.
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Jay, not his real name, did not believe Sh500 could help him start a business venture in Mombasa.

This is partly because he was a drug and substance abuse addict and extricating himself from the vice has been a struggle.

He was however lucky to have been identified by Mewa, an organisation dealing with the rehabilitation of his ilk, and was trained on financial literacy and social skills while being reintegrated into society gradually.

Armed with new skills set, he set out to buy hijabs at Markiti and started selling them to his family members, including his sisters and aunts, who are now gradually accepting him back.

From buying five pieces of hijabs to now buying 24 and selling them not only to family members but also to an expanded clientele, Jay can now call himself a businessman with a supportive family to boot.

Sarah, also not her real name, wanted a capital of Sh10,000 to start a business.

This was until she met John Kamau Juma of Family Aid Initiative Response (FAIR) in Nakuru county.

Kamau trained Sarah and 30 others on financial literacy in a programme targeting vulnerable households in Nakuru West subcounty who had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarah was given Sh500 with which she bought 2kg of groundnuts.

She roasted and sold them, making Sh1,050.

“With a capital of only Sh500, she was able to make a profit of Sh550. This was a person who had been living with her in-laws for three months before the project started,” Kamau said.

“With Sh550 in a day, in a week you can make more and in a month even more.”

Sarah was able to pay her rent and stop living with her in-laws.

“As we speak today, she has a very comfortable life. She is a dancer and has been able to pursue her passion," Kamau said.

With the stress reduced, she has been able to get performance contracts and earn both from groundnuts and dancing.

Kamau said the project has made people start believing that they can do it no matter how small they start.

Jay and Sarah are just two of more than 20,000 beneficiaries of a Covid-19 response and intervention programme initiated by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Funded by the European Union, the programme, sponsored to the tune of Sh56 million, was initiated during Covid-19 to respond to the needs that arose from the pandemic, according to AKF’s Stellamaris Mumbua.

Mumbua said it was implemented through Civil Society Organisations in six counties in Kenya.

The counties are Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu counties on the Coast, and Kisii and Nakuru counties in the Western part of Kenya.

The Sh56 million was disbursed to 12 CSOs whose mandate was to identify needs in the community, work closely with their networks and come up with relevant interventions.

The programme started in September 2022.

The areas of intervention included mental health, sexual and gender-based violence, social skills, financial literacy, healthcare, psychosocial support, among others.

“One of our partners in Nakuru trained community members on farming technologies and they have been doing an amazing job to ensure they can provide food to their families and immediate members,” Mumbua said.

“Community members who had experienced SGBV had started embracing themselves. Some of them felt like outcasts but have now been reintegrated back into their families. There has been a lot of reconciliation and those cases have gone down.”

Mewa’s Mariam Musa said they worked in Kisauni and Nyali subcounties, with 200 young males and 200 young females who were abusing drugs.

“We were dealing with people who were using drugs but specifically we were looking at mental health as a component that was very strong. We were supporting these people to be in touch with themselves first of all,” Musa said.

They trained 50 of them on economic empowerment and livelihood strategy for them to be able to support themselves, apart from having mentorship programmes.

These, including Jay, were given capital to start businesses that they proposed.

“We intend to continue mentoring them because we need to ensure that they proceed with whatever they have done,” Musa said.

Aga Khan Foundation’s regional technical adviser for civil society Cynthia Adhiambo said the extensive network, knowledge and capacity in civil society.

“For us, it is very important to ensure that civil societies have the capacity and resources to engage communities beneficially,” Adhiambo said.

She said the foundation has been happy to provide grants to the CSOs, who have been at the forefront in addressing challenges brought about by Covid.

Adhiambo said the same project was undertaken in Uganda and Tanzania.

The foundation is looking to provide long-term support for CSOs in various ways, including follow-up support, training and capacity building.
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Princess Zahra at Expansion of AGA KHAN HOSPITAL Kisumu

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Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu expanded to improve health of 6.6m

Kenya · 21 February 2024

Kisumu, Kenya, 20 February 2024 – The newly expanded Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu is providing the people of Kenya’s Lake Region with access to quality health services previously unavailable in the community. Transformed from a 70-bed facility into a leading 123-bed secondary hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic services, the ultra-modern building features a dedicated Accidents and Emergency Unit, a larger Intensive Care Unit, the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and its first Sleep Lab, which will use cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

Holding the prestigious Level 5 (highest level) certification from SafeCare Health Standards, the hospital offers a range of care in over 30 clinical specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, oncology, neurology, psychiatry, advanced surgeries, family medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and neonatology.

“Located in the central constituency of Kisumu, the third-largest city in the country, Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu is pivotal to our mission of providing critical health services to a population base of nearly 600,000 people and beyond that to the nearly 6.6 million people of the Lake Region,” noted Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Health Services.


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“By being part of a broader, integrated network, the hospital is providing timely, fit-for-purpose care to the people who need it most. It is moving us closer to delivering on our mission of treating disease and caring for people holistically and completely.”

As the leading private hospital in the region, Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, has consistently expanded its presence and range of services since its establishment in 1952, proactively catering to the evolving needs of the community. It currently serves over 15 counties in the Lake Region and even receives patients from Uganda and Tanzania. Over the years, the hospital has become a hub of qualified doctors and nurses who provide cutting-edge care to the community.

Plans are underway to establish 10 outreach health centres, adding to the existing network of 13. These will strengthen the first line of care in the city and beyond and will establish a seamless network of healthcare facilities that will provide care at every level – from essential health services to community-based comprehensive care to specialist care at the Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu.

The hospital embarked on its expansion journey in 2015 by introducing an MRI facility. Construction of the new building commenced in 2021. This endeavour, amounting to a total investment of nearly $19 million, was made feasible by the significant support of Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

The expansion is a testament to the steadfast partnership between the Government of Kenya, AFD and the Aga Khan Development Network to drive accessibility of affordable quality health care in the country. The collaboration spans many years and projects, including the recent upgrade of the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa.

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“The project we are celebrating today is a demonstration of AFD’s strong partnership with the Aga Khan Health Services,” said Ms Hélène N’Garnim-Ganga, Regional Director Eastern Africa, AFD. “The project will help improve the health of Kenyans by positioning the Aga Khan Kisumu Hospital as a referral hospital for secondary care, supporting the various outreach health centres affiliated with it in the larger Kisumu region.

“This hospital extension, built with Aga Khan’s Green Building Initiative approach, integrates green solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is an example of how hospitals can adapt to climate change while offering quality care.”
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AGAKHAN HEALTH SERVICES and AFD in Kisumu

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Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu expanded to improve health of 6.6m

Kenya · 21 February 2024

Kisumu, Kenya, 20 February 2024 – The newly expanded Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu is providing the people of Kenya’s Lake Region with access to quality health services previously unavailable in the community. Transformed from a 70-bed facility into a leading 123-bed secondary hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic services, the ultra-modern building features a dedicated Accidents and Emergency Unit, a larger Intensive Care Unit, the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and its first Sleep Lab, which will use cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

Holding the prestigious Level 5 (highest level) certification from SafeCare Health Standards, the hospital offers a range of care in over 30 clinical specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, oncology, neurology, psychiatry, advanced surgeries, family medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and neonatology.

“Located in the central constituency of Kisumu, the third-largest city in the country, Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu is pivotal to our mission of providing critical health services to a population base of nearly 600,000 people and beyond that to the nearly 6.6 million people of the Lake Region,” noted Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Health Services.


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“By being part of a broader, integrated network, the hospital is providing timely, fit-for-purpose care to the people who need it most. It is moving us closer to delivering on our mission of treating disease and caring for people holistically and completely.”

As the leading private hospital in the region, Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, has consistently expanded its presence and range of services since its establishment in 1952, proactively catering to the evolving needs of the community. It currently serves over 15 counties in the Lake Region and even receives patients from Uganda and Tanzania. Over the years, the hospital has become a hub of qualified doctors and nurses who provide cutting-edge care to the community.

Plans are underway to establish 10 outreach health centres, adding to the existing network of 13. These will strengthen the first line of care in the city and beyond and will establish a seamless network of healthcare facilities that will provide care at every level – from essential health services to community-based comprehensive care to specialist care at the Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu.

The hospital embarked on its expansion journey in 2015 by introducing an MRI facility. Construction of the new building commenced in 2021. This endeavour, amounting to a total investment of nearly $19 million, was made feasible by the significant support of Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

The expansion is a testament to the steadfast partnership between the Government of Kenya, AFD and the Aga Khan Development Network to drive accessibility of affordable quality health care in the country. The collaboration spans many years and projects, including the recent upgrade of the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa.

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“The project we are celebrating today is a demonstration of AFD’s strong partnership with the Aga Khan Health Services,” said Ms Hélène N’Garnim-Ganga, Regional Director Eastern Africa, AFD. “The project will help improve the health of Kenyans by positioning the Aga Khan Kisumu Hospital as a referral hospital for secondary care, supporting the various outreach health centres affiliated with it in the larger Kisumu region.

“This hospital extension, built with Aga Khan’s Green Building Initiative approach, integrates green solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is an example of how hospitals can adapt to climate change while offering quality care.”
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New Agakhan Hospital in Dodoma TANZANIA

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New Agakhan Hospital in Dodoma TANZANIA 🇹🇿 behind Jamat Khana.opening soon on 3rd May 2024 by Princess Zahra Aga Khan will do the opening.
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Princess Zahra to preside over opening of Cancer Care Centre in Tanzania

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THE ISMAILI | 30 April 2024 | GLOBAL


The Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam is managed by Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), which has been operating in Tanzania since the 1920s.

Princess Zahra will deliver remarks tomorrow at the inauguration of a Cancer Care Centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam. Join us live from Tanzania to learn how AKDN is helping to improve the quality of healthcare in East Africa.

Tanzania’s deputy prime minister Dr Doto Mashaka Biteko, will join Princess Zahra, development partners, and guests at the event to mark the latest expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

The Hospital is managed by Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), which has been operating in Tanzania since the 1920s, and counts among the longest-serving healthcare institutions in East Africa. Striving to deliver services to international standards, AKHS facilities in Tanzania are known today for their high level of ethical practices, innovation, and provision of quality healthcare.

Cancer is on the rise in regions like East Africa, which are less well-equipped for the onslaught of non-communicable diseases. Through enhanced screening, diagnosis, and treatment, the new Centre in Dar es Salaam hopes to raise awareness in the local community and offer enhanced levels of care.



The event will take place on 2 May 2024, and will be streamed live on The Ismaili TV. Coverage will begin at 8:30 AM (London) / 10:30 AM (Dar es Salaam) / 12:30 (Karachi) / 13:00 PM (Mumbai).

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Re: AGAKHAN HEALTH SERVICES

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2024, May 2: Cancer Care Center Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam - Princess Zahra Aga Khan spoke at the Opening Ceremony. Webcast

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