President of the Portuguese Republic His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa acknowledges the receipt of the donation at a ceremony at the Curry Cabral Hospital in Lisbon.
The Aga Khan University Chancellor His Highness the Aga Khan was joined by His Excellency, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, for the inauguration of a cutting-edge, robotics-associated surgical system – the first such system at a public hospital in the country – at a ceremony to mark the donation of the equipment by the Ismaili Imamat, and the University’s commitment to expanding access to quality healthcare through global partnerships.The Da Vinci surgical equipment is now available at one of Portugal’s largest medical universities, the Centro Hospitalar Universitario de Lisboa Central. It enhances surgeons’ capabilities by enabling them to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy. In his remarks at the ceremony, AKU President Firoz Rasul noted that the technology would expand access to high-quality surgical care for Portuguese suffering from a wide range of conditions, helping to ensure that they can lead healthy lives. He added that the donation was further evidence of the strengthening bond between the Ismaili Imamat and the Portuguese Republic, and their joint commitment to improving quality of life in Portugal, in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, and beyond.In 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Aga Khan University and the Portuguese Ministry of Health to establish close collaboration on medical innovation, training and research, data analysis, knowledge sharing and emergency care. The partnership also encompasses AKU capacity building Portuguese doctors and nurses using state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality tools. In addition, Portuguese doctors are supporting AKU to commence liver transplant surgeries at the University’s teaching hospitals in Karachi and Nairobi. Through its 35 partnerships with Universities across four continents, AKU and other AKDN institutions positively impact millions of people in the developed and developing world. Portugal’s Minister of Health Madame Marta Temido, government officials, diplomats, and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamat were also in attendance at the event.