The Aga Khan University (AKU) strives to set the regional standard of excellence at its hospitals and clinics in Pakistan, East Africa and Afghanistan, which record approximately 1.75 million patient visits annually and which have provided reduced-cost treatment to 1.1 million patients over the last 30 years. In Pakistan and East Africa, AKU operates the only hospitals accredited by the U.S.-based Joint Commission International.
AKU’s academic health centres in Pakistan and East Africa provide high-quality treatment backed by the latest knowledge and deliver an array of services unavailable elsewhere. Whatever an individual’s health needs, we aim to meet them. Our highly trained staff provides everything from prenatal courses for expectant mothers to neurosurgery, from child psychiatry to comprehensive cancer care, from nutritional counseling to kidney transplantation. In addition to offering outstanding care to those in need, we actively work to prevent illness by educating our patients and the public.
At AKU, we believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality care, regardless of where they live or their income. In Pakistan, more than 70 percent of patients who visit the University Hospital every year are low- or middle-income. One in four patients admitted to our general ward receives financial assistance from our Patient Welfare Programme. A pregnant woman saved from death after doctors elsewhere had given up hope; an infant girl who received emergency surgery to correct a life-threatening lung malformation; a young boy whose cancer was detected and successfully treated after his parents had exhausted their savings pursuing treatment elsewhere – these are just a few instances in which our commitment to providing access to world-class care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay has made the difference between life and death.
In Pakistan, the University health network comprises the 697-bed Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi; three 40-bed hospitals and Clifton Medical Services, all in Karachi; an 85-bed secondary hospital in Hyderabad; and more than 200 sites across Pakistan that serve as collection points for the University Clinical Laboratories, which offers the most extensive test menu in the country and performs more than 8 million tests annually.
In East Africa, the University health network includes the 280-bed Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, and 46 medical and diagnostic centers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
In Afghanistan, the University manages the French Medical Institute for Children as part of a partnership with the governments of France and Afghanistan and the French NGO La Chaine de L’Espoir. FMIC has 94 beds and a 66-bed women’s wing is under construction. Since launching in 2006, it has recorded more than 550,000 patient visits and performed more than 14,000 surgeries. The FMIC laboratory is linked to the University’s laboratories in Pakistan, giving patients in Afghanistan access to a complete menu of medical tests.