Coastweek– Deputy Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Pacifica Onyancha [second left], Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust Managing Director Frank Welvaert [second right], Aga Khan Development Network, Kenya Diplomatic Representative Dr. Azim Lakhani [left] and Al-Karim, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Aga Khan University, officially launched a three-day conference which focused on delivering quality health care in East Africa. This was held at the Nairobi Safari Park Hotel and also celebrated the University’s 15 years in East Africa and the 15 year partnership between AKU, AKDN and the Trust.
Coastweek– The Aga Khan University (AKU), the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (Trust) and over 200 local and international health professionals kicked off a three-day conference focused on delivering quality health care in East Africa.
The conference, held at the Nairobi Safari Park Hotel, also celebrated the University’s 15 years in East Africa, and the 15-year partnership between AKU, AKDN and the Trust to enhance nursing education.
The conference addresses the need for systematic approaches to quality improvement across health care systems – from research to education, from community-based care to hospitals – and the impact that focusing on health systems and quality can have on achieving the targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, Principle Secretary of the Kenya Ministry of Health and Chief Guest at the conference launch, commended AKU and the AKDN for the immense contribution they have made to health, education and civil society institutions in East Africa. He urged them and their partners to continue collaborating with public health systems to achieve health for all.
“The Government of Kenya is well aware of the commitment His Highness the Aga Khan has made towards the advancement of quality health care in East Africa – a commitment made over 100 years ago that continues today.
“That you are also celebrating the first 15 years of the Aga Khan University in East Africa is equally important – 15 years is a short period of time for a university to have the kind of impact you display, and for that, I commend you.” He added.
“The Government is also aware of the challenges in the health sector, and I must commend you further for putting some of these challenges at the forefront of your discussions for the next three days,” Dr. Muraguri added.
“Matters of reproductive and maternal health, newborn and child mortality and morbidity, adolescent health issues, emerging and re-emerging diseases are among the thematic areas you will be focusing on.
“This is indeed encouraging and a challenge to us as a Government to renew our commitment towards supporting the efforts displayed by institutions such as yourselves.”
Noting the importance of partnerships, Mr. Al-Karim Haji, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AKU, thanked the Trust for cosponsoring the conference and for its enduring support of the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa.
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