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AKU and Government of Kenya Sign MoU to Improve Health Services in Gatundu District Hospital​

January 26, 2011

The Kenya Ministry of Medical Services and Aga Khan University (AKU) signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, January 21, 2011 that establishes a training and teaching centre at Gatundu District Hospital for AKU students pursuing medical and nursing programmes.

This agreement aligns with the Government of Kenya’s bold vision of significantly improving the health status of the population by engaging the not-for-profit and private sector in partnerships towards meeting this goal.  

The agreement was signed at Afya House by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Medical Services, Ms Mary Ngari and the Founding Dean, AKU Medical College, Professor Robert Armstrong in the presence Dr Francis Kimani, Director of Medical Services and Ms Asmita Gillani, CEO Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Others who witnessed the signing included Professor William Macharia, Chair, Paediatrics Department at AKU. Gatundu Hospital was represented by the Chairman of the hospital management board, Mr Kimani and the District Director of Medical Services, Dr Andrew Toro.  

In the initial stages of the partnership, senior Aga Khan University medical and nursing faculty will work closely with teams of government healthcare professionals and supervise students on site to improve training for doctors and nurses in Gatundu Hospital.  

“The Aga Khan University has a strong track record of providing quality medical and nursing education. A partnership such as this enables working doctors and nurses as well as medical residents and students to benefit from training to which they would not otherwise have access,” said Ms Ngari.

The partnership will also involve collaboration in research, bringing to the community effective strategies for reducing mortality and morbidity through improved prevention strategies and improved access to quality clinical care.  “We intend this to be a long-term collaboration with the Government to build capacity in the district,” said Professor Armstrong.

Dr Toro further stated, “This initiative is an important step forward in improving the health of the residents of Gatundu District.”  

Building strong partnerships with government is an important part of the Aga Khan University plans for a regional university in East Africa. The Aga Khan University’s Advanced Nursing Studies programme recently partnered with St Luke’s Mission Hospital, Kaloleni and government health ministries in a unique project that advances the knowledge and improves the skills of front line nurses and midwives while enabling the communities’ access to better health care in the coastal region.

Over the next 10 years, AKU will invest over US$ 700 million in the region in health care and education programmes including the establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences. This new Faculty, based in Nairobi and serving the region, will offer international quality undergraduate and graduate medical and nursing education, including innovative community-based health care initiatives. The opportunity to work with public sector hospitals such as Gatundu District to improve the health of the population is an important step forward in the university’s commitment in East Africa.
Eunice Mwangi
Tel: +254 20 3662170 Email: eunice.mwangi@aku.edu