AKUH,N hosts H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania
News 2012
Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi hosts President of Tanzania

September 13, 2012

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi hosted His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania for a tour of the Heart and Cancer Centre. Part of an official visit aimed to boost the ties between Kenya and Tanzania, His Excellency was accompanied by a delegation of cabinet ministers and government officials

The Heart and Cancer Centre (HCC), a regional asset with an investment of over US$ 50 million was inaugurated in July last year, by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. It was established in response to the growing need of world class care, for chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. The HCC is also part of the Aga Khan University Faculty of Health Sciences and is the only facility in the region involved in training doctors in the fields of oncology and cardiology.

President Kikwete noted that East Africans and the people from sub-Sahara Africa no longer need to travel abroad as the Centre provides high quality, international standard care and treatment. Currently the HCC serves patients not only from Kenya but from across the region.

Commenting on the accessibility of patients, Ms Asmita Gillani, CEO, AKUH,N said that the hospitals Patient Welfare Programme has supported over 4500 treatments costing  over Ksh260 million for patients who cannot afford specialised care. “The University Hospital has also expanded access to quality healthcare by establishing 32 medical centres in the region including Arusha, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda. A medical centre in Burundi is also planned".

Ms Gillani further noted that Aga Khan University, an international university with presence in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, is planning to establish its principal East African campus in Arusha, Tanzania that will house a Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Establishment of several graduate professional schools, such as Media and Communications, Tourism and Leisure, and Management is also underway. President Kikwete commended the Aga Khan Development Network for the role they have played in the establishment of schools, hospitals and health clinics to undertaking initiatives for economic development and cultural preservation in Tanzania.