The Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania (AKHS,T) has an established history of over 85 years offering health care in Tanzania. AKHS built its first dispensary, providing free medical services in Dar es Salaam in 1929. In 1939, a 10-bed maternity home was opened, and ten years hence, in 1948, a nursing home equipped with surgical facilities and 32 inpatient beds was built. The main hospital, now a 74- bed facility, was opened in 1964.
Five Primary Medical Centres, located in Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Morogoro, and Mwanza were also created. Over the last few years, eight outreach health centres have opened in Arusha, Mbezi Beach, Town Centre, Tandika, Mbagala, Masaki and Mikocheni, in Dar es Salaam, and Buzuruga in Mwanza. These institutions are providing quality health care, including general and specialist medical services and state-of-the-art diagnostic services.
AKHS,T works closely with the public health sector to improve access; utilization and quality of health care services. In partnership with the Government of Tanzania, select maternal and child health services are provided on a free-of-cost basis. Together with the Aga Khan University (AKU), the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam offers postgraduate medical education in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Surgery. The hospital is also an accredited internship site. AKHS employs nearly 1000 staff, attends to over 430,000 outpatient visits including nearly 1.2 million lab tests, 65,000 radiology investigations, and 7,000 surgeries annually across its facilities. In 2012, the Aga Khan Health Services initiated a US$ 83 million expansion plan for the establishment of a network of 35 outreach health centres across Tanzania and expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital to include comprehensive cardiology, oncology, and neurosciences, as well as an expansion of existing services (diagnostics, women and child health, critical care, surgery, emergency and trauma). This expansion is expected to be completed in early 2019.