An 83-year-old woman became the first patient in Kenya to undergo aortic valve replacement without being put under general anaesthesia — Daily Nation

The two-hour procedure was done at the Aga Khan University Hospital when the patient was fully awake, having only received local anaesthesia (paracetamol) with mild sedation. Valvular heart disease affects many Africans and is commonly related to rheumatic heart disease. A large number of patients require heart surgery to treat the problem. In most cases,…

Kenya: Mombasa hosts Africa-wide Unity Games this weekend — The Ismaili

Mombasa, 13 April 2017 — Every two years, the Ismaili communities of East Africa come together for the Unity Games, a festival of sport. This year, the Games will include Jamats from all over the entire African continent. Ismailis from the Malagasy Republic arrive in Mombasa for the Africa-wide Unity Games, which will run from…

Newton-Utafiti Fund: New grant set to widen impact of University’s health research | Links in science and innovation between the UK and Kenya

AKU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in East Africa has won a grant from the Newton-Utafiti Fund, a collaborative partnership to strengthen links in science and innovation between the UK and Kenya, to conduct a health research workshop that will bring together researchers from the two countries. Prof. William Macharia, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health…

Kenya: The Aga Khan University launches Mombasa Research Office to boost education, health | AKU has a mandate to teach, train and offer healthcare services through research findings

Mombasa, Kenya, 15 March 2017 – The Aga Khan University (AKU) has launched a research office in Mombasa to improve health and education in the coastal region, working closely with local government to define priority areas of focus. The research office will help address many health-related challenges that have led to high morbidity and mortality…

Aga Khan University graduands urged to utilise knowledge to transform society

Graduands at the Aga Khan University’s convocation ceremony in Nairobi were encouraged to use their skills and knowledge to pursue ambitious, far-reaching initiatives that would impact as many lives as possible. Sixty graduates awarded degrees at the convocation in Nairobi In her speech, Chief Guest Professor Collette Suda, Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education,…

Kenya’s emergency medical services needs major work — The Conversation com | Interview with Benjamin Wachira

Kenya’s striking doctors are telling their horror stories on social media using the hashtag – #MyBadDoctorExperience. Many relate to emergency situations and how doctors are suffering from having to deal with poorly staffed and under-equipped hospitals. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Benjamin Wachira about the state of the country’s emergency medical services and what…