France and Aga Khan Health Services finance hospital expansion [fr]
- H.E Frédéric Clavier, Christian Yoka from AFD, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa
The expansion, funded by a USD 53.5 million (TZS 134 billion) loan from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a USD 26.3 million (TZS 58 billion) contribution from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has enabled to transform the previous 74-bed facility to a leading 170-bed tertiary care, referral and teaching centre that will serve as an integrated health care facility for Tanzania and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. It also comprises a countrywide expansion of AKHS with 27 outreach health centres, 23 of which are already operational.
The hospital will play an essential role in cementing Tanzania as a regional leader in the provision of world-class healthcare and education. In growing its educational programme, the hospital will now house 56 medical residents and 60 interns each year. In addition to its state of the art specialised diagnostic services, such as cardiac catheterisation and nuclear medicine, the hospital will also offer over 30 clinical specialties and subspecialties, including Cardiology, Oncology, Family Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Nephrology, Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Neonatology. This expansion along with 27 outreach centres will create 806 new jobs.
This builds on the long history of successful cooperation between AFD and AKDN. In the health sector alone, the partnership has resulted in the building of the Heart and Cancer Centre of the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, financial and technical support for the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) in Kabul and this programme to improve health facilities in Tanzania.