December 14 2015, The East African: A third Aga Khan University Hospital in the world is taking shape in Kampala with the granting of land and an initiation ceremony this week.
The Aga Khan and President Yoweri Museveni are expected to preside as the new hospital’s plan comes alive, part of a bold 15-year $1 billion expansion agenda that the Aga Khan University has committed to for East Africa.
Aga Khan University (AKU) president Firoz Rasul says that like their hospitals in Nairobi and in Karachi, Pakistan, both of which have earned accreditation from the US-based Joint Commission International, the hospital in Kampala will seek to provide treatment and care equal to the best in the world.
AKU is working to add new campuses and facilities in Nairobi, Kampala, Arusha and Dar es Salaam, transforming it from a university focused on the health sciences and education into a comprehensive university featuring an undergraduate liberal arts programme and graduate professional education. The Graduate School of Media and Communications was recently launched in Nairobi.
Institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been at the helm of economic and social development in East Africa for nearly a century now, working towards improving the quality of life though multiple cross-sectoral initiatives.