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Aga Khan Health Services’ Commitment to a Healthier Tomorrow


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.


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

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


- 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.


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. ... am-3778514


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

Speech by the Honourable Minister of Health Ummy Ally Mwalimu ... ly-mwalimu

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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 / +254 759 637 405

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


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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Published on Aug 21, 2022 11:52 PM IST

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


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. ... 24563.html
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