Aga Khan University & Aga Khan Hospital expand Post Graduate Medical Education in Tanzania

Dr. Mustaafa Bapumia, Medical Director at Aga Khan Hospital (Image credit: IPP Media)
Dr. Mustaafa Bapumia, Medical Director at Aga Khan Hospital (Image credit: IPP Media)

“The government is working hard to increase the number specialists and we are happy to partner with the ministry to meet this goal,” said Dr. Mustaafa Bapumia, the Medical Director at Aga Khan hospital.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam, he said the Aga Khan University (AKU) in partnership with the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam has expanded their Post Graduate Medical Education (PGME) to now include Master of Medicine programmes (MMed) in Surgery and Internal Medicine.

“These are in addition to the already existing Master of Medicine programme in Family Medicine,” he detailed.

The director said to efficiently conduct the new programmes, the hospital and university must expand their facilities to accommodate the students and allow for supervised hands on training.

He commended the French Development Agency for their 100bn/- soft loan support handed to fund the expansion efforts.

“Another 60bn/- was granted by His Highness the Aga Khan,” he added.

Dr. Bapumia said of the funding, 7bn/- will go into a training programme for Tanzanian cardiologists, oncologists and nurses.

He also noted that Aga Khan University has been training Tanzanian medical students since 2005 adding to the country’s number of specialists.

Dr Nuruddin Lakhani, Paediatrician and Director of Post Graduate Medical Education explained that the University’s admissions policy is merit based and highly competitive, accepting applicants from across East Africa.

“The commencement date for the new programmes will be January 2016 and the duration of training is 4 years,” he detailed noting that applications are open until August 28th, 2015.

The Internal Medicine and Surgery programmes were recently approved by the Tanzania Commission for Universities this following the Aga Khan University receiving full charter as an International University in Tanzania.

The recent and ongoing expansion of Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam to provide tertiary care services will further enhance its clinical programs. Comprehensive cardiology, oncology and neurosciences will be added to the existing services in diagnostic, women and child health, trauma and critical care.

Read full report at IPP Media | Govt backs Master of Medicine programme subsidy

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