AKU is an international university that has
been working to improve the status of the nursing profession and to promote the quality of undergraduate and graduate nursing education
in developing countries for the past 25 years.
The School of Nursing began by offering a General Nursing
Diploma education programme in Pakistan in 1980 and was the first school
in Pakistan to offer an undergraduate degree in Nursing. Since then, it
has expanded its scope to support nursing in Afghanistan, Tajikistan,
Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
The University's first academic initiative
outside Pakistan, the Advanced Nursing Studies Programme, began in
East Africa in 2001. Developed at the request of the governments and
nursing leaders of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, it is designed to improve
the quality of patient care by encouraging practising nurses to enhance
their expertise through the pursuit of higher education. Since then the School has initiated several programmes in
Afghanistan, Egypt and Syria.
Since 2002, the School has provided technical
assistance to the nursing and midwifery diploma programmes at the
Institute of Health Sciences in Afghanistan. It has also
provided capacity building and strengthened government nursing education
initiatives through curricular review and reforms, a focus on clinical
practice, comprehensive faculty development, infrastructure improvement,
and increased teaching-learning resources. The programme in
Afghanistan will also provide consultancy to Afghanistan Midwifery
Association to form a Council for Nursing and Midwifery to monitor the
conduct of nursing and midwifery in Afghanistan.
Since 2008, the School has supported Kabul Medical
University's BScN programme in setting academic policies, improving
teaching quality and skills, establishing a well-equipped skills lab,
preparing preliminary standards for accreditation and establishing
clinical training for students.
The School began working in Egypt in 2005 on the
Aswan Nursing Programme. The overall aim of this programme is to
improve the quality of healthcare available in Aswan. The Aswan Nursing Programme consists of three major
Leadership and professional development
amongst nurses in Aswan through increased higher education opportunities
and needs-based short courses.
Establishment of a new Faculty of Nursing in
Aswan through a public-private partnership with South Valley University
in Aswan. The initiative aims to improve healthcare and the image of
Nursing in the region. SON and Om Habibeh Foundation, a sister
agency of the Aga Khan Development Network are currently
preparing a proposal for this project.
Improvement of nursing services at selected
hospitals in Aswan; capacity building of nurses through classroom
training and exposure visits to AKU. A training facility will be
established at the hospital and appropriate policies and systems are to
The School has been working with Syria since
2003. Since then a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Ministry of
Health, Ministry of Higher Education and Aga Khan Network
Development and Aga Khan University. Another Memorandum of
Understanding has also been signed for the period from 2008-2013. Since 2008, the School is providing technical assistance to Al-Baath University in
Hama to strengthen their Post-RN BScN programme and to help establish
their BScN programme.
In these programmes, SON has undertaken
capacity building efforts to strengthen government nursing education
initiatives through curricular review, a focus on clinical practice,
comprehensive faculty development, infrastructure improvement and
increased teaching-learning resources.