Speech: Kenya’s First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta pays tribute to Aga Khan University

Kenya’s First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta pays tribute to Aga Khan University in her speech during the launch of the Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study

Thank you Dr. Kioko for that kind introduction. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Aga Khan University, thank you for your invitation; I am honoured to be part of the world-renowned work that your Centre of Excellence for Women and Child Health is doing, to further the frontiers of modern medicine through research, and to safeguard the health of women and children across Kenya, East Africa and the entire region.

I am encouraged to be among socially minded businesses’ represented in this room, who operate from the understanding that investing in the future of human life, will always prove profitable; it is a reminder to me that our mothers – from whom we came, and our children – for whom we live and to whom we will leave our work and our world, are a common factor that binds us together.

Today, we launch the Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study that will provide the much needed data, to help policy makers, and stakeholders, with a roadmap that will help accelerate and provide answers to improve maternal and child health, as well as achieve higher health national targets. Countdown to 2015 is a global movement established in 2003 as a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration, in response to a growing recognition that achieving the health-related MDGs would demand radical changes in scale and scope. Countdown tracks progress in maternal, newborn & child health in the 75 highest burden countries to promote action and accountability, and follow through on commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Aga Khan University has made a mark as one of the World’s leaders in maternal and child health research. Your work provides our governments with essential evidenced-based analysis to be used for application and uptake among practitioners and healthcare workers. It also builds the capacity of health systems by educating specialists, nurses, midwives and students learning in our universities.

I congratulate the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Nairobi for contributing towards the pool of physicians in family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and child health; these are future leaders joining in the fight to save the lives of women and children.

I personally wish to appreciate Aga Khan Hospital as a strong supporter and partner of the Beyond Zero initiative, and the campaign against cervical, breast and prostate cancer. Thank you for the 200 free radiation therapy services offered as part of your contribution to the first lady’s Half Marathon 2016.

The success of collaborative efforts is again demonstrated by the contributors, who worked with Aga Khan University, to produce critical and timely health information like SickKids Centre for Global Child Health of Toronto, the University of Nairobi, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Canada, Family Care International, the UN family and the US fund.


Also read news report at Citizen TV | Maternal, child mortality have tremendously decreased – First Lady

Discover, Explore and Learn more via AKU | Aga Khan University and partners launch landmark study to help Kenya meet maternal and child health goals

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali



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