Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 23 August 2016 – Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Honourable Madam Ummy Ally Mwalimu, and Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Chair of the Aga Khan Health Services Board Executive Committee, officially launched Phase 2 construction of the Aga Khan Hospital today.
The Hospital is at the centre of a healthcare system under the Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania (AKHS,T) that currently provides quality healthcare to 400,000 Tanzanians. After its US$ 80 million (Tshs. 167 billion) Phase 2 expansion, the Hospital will develop into a leading teaching centre and tertiary health care medical facility for the country and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The budget also includes an expansion of the number of outreach health centres throughout the country up to 35. Through improvements in its training facilities, it is intended to have a significant impact on the quality of health care at other Tanzanian institutions.
The overall expected impact includes the provision of superior health care services to a large population of Tanzanians. Along with more traditional services, such as family medicine, child and maternal care, the development of new specialist programmes in cardiology, oncology and neuro-sciences will assist in addressing the strong increase in mortality caused by chronic diseases, both in Tanzania and across sub- Saharan Africa.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan stressed the need for capacity building in the country, indicating that it is the key driving force for the Phase 2 expansion, and is essential in scaling the programmes to eventually become a launchpad for a postgraduate medical education. She said that the Phase 2 program includes funds which have been set aside to train Tanzanians in specialized medicine at leading international institutions.
“The Government today spends enormous amounts of money in providing tertiary level treatment to Tanzanians in overseas hospitals. We clearly need to reverse this trend. The Phase 2 expansion will allow us to ensure that Tanzanians receive advanced medical care at home, with the convenience and support that they so rightly deserve,” said Honourable Ummy, during the opening.
Honourable Ummy commended the Aga Khan Hospital on achieving accreditation by the Joint Commission which is the Gold Standard in hospital quality and patient safety. “We are extremely proud that we now have a Hospital in Tanzania that compares with the best in the world. Congratulations for this well-deserved accreditation.”
Tanzania’s Aga Khan Hospital is only one of two internationally accredited Hospitals in East Africa, the other being the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
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