January 26, 2011
Nairobi, Kenya: The Kenya Ministry of Medical Services and Aga Khan University (AKU) signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, January 21, 2011 that establishes a training and teaching centre at Gatundu District Hospital for AKU students pursuing medical and nursing programmes.
This agreement aligns with the Government of Kenya’s bold vision of significantly improving the health status of the population by engaging the not-for-profit and private sector in partnerships towards meeting this goal.
The agreement was signed at Afya House by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Medical Services, Ms Mary Ngari and the Founding Dean, AKU Medical College, Professor Robert Armstrong in the presence Dr Francis Kimani, Director of Medical Services and Ms Asmita Gillani, CEO Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Others who witnessed the signing included Professor William Macharia, Chair, Paediatrics Department at AKU. Gatundu Hospital was represented by the Chairman of the hospital management board, Mr Kimani and the District Director of Medical Services, Dr Andrew Toro.
In the initial stages of the partnership, senior Aga Khan University medical and nursing faculty will work closely with teams of government healthcare professionals and supervise students on site to improve training for doctors and nurses in Gatundu Hospital.
“The Aga Khan University has a strong track record of providing quality medical and nursing education. A partnership such as this enables working doctors and nurses as well as medical residents and students to benefit from training to which they would not otherwise have access,” said Ms Ngari.