The Aga Khan Development Network has been engaged in the provision of education for working nurses in Uganda since 2001. Currently nearly 600 students have graduated from the programme and a number of alumni now hold senior leadership positions in both Government and private hospitals. The first medical centre was opened in Uganda in 2012 and was followed by a significant expansion of AKDN engagement in the provision of health care services. In December 2015, His Highness the Aga Khan and His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni announced plans to build a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 with the first phase of the hospital operational by 2020.
As part of a regional integrated health system, Aga Khan University Hospitals (AKUH) have established four medical centres in Kampala that offer high quality medical consultations, in addition to dental, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiology and laboratory services. In addition to the services provided, the medical centres act as a referral pathway for inpatient and specialised services at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
The Aga Khan Health Services has an agreement with the Ugandan Olympic Committee to offer specialised services to Uganda’s elite athletes, including rally drivers in the motorsport fraternity.
The Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery offers programmes aimed at improving the quality of health care and nurturing professional nursing leadership in Uganda. Students enrolled in the program receive diploma and degree level continuing education, relevant to the needs of the East African region in a flexible environment that allows them to study while working. Academic studies are closely integrated with clinical experiences as students acquire the comprehensive knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide holistic nursing care.
The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery is building upon its expertise and experience to support the EAC regional harmonization of nursing and midwifery education, practice, mutual accreditation and recognition, with support from the German Development Bank (KFW).