The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been engaged in the provision of education for working nurses in Uganda since 2001. Some 725 nurses have graduated from the programme and numerous alumni hold senior leadership positions in public and private institutions. AKDN’s first medical centre in Uganda opened in 2012 and was followed by a significant commitment by the Network to expanding its 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. The hospital is expected to be operational by 2020.
As part of an integrated regional health system, the Aga Khan University (AKU) has established four medical centres in Kampala that offer high quality medical consultations, as well as dental, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiology and laboratory services. In addition, 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 School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kampala aims to strengthen health systems in Uganda by upgrading nursing skills, improving the quality of health care and developing new and more professional nursing courses. The programme is tailored to ensure health services are responsive to population needs and uses an innovative curricular approach that enables nurses to obtain professional qualifications while working. To date, 725 nurses have graduated from AKU in Uganda. In 2015, the School launched Uganda’s first Post-RM Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree programme.
AKU-educated nurses act as change agents and leaders by providing outstanding care and by helping to improving the quality of care provided by other nurses. The University’s alumni in Uganda lead nursing schools, serve as hospital head nurses and helm professional organisations.