The Aga Khan University has launched the construction of the Aga Khan Teaching Hospital in Kampala, the largest capital investment by the Aga Khan Development Network in East Africa.
On completion, it will provide healthcare access to all Ugandans.
The 60-acre campus located in the Nakawa area will include a training hospital, teaching spaces, and students’ residences.
“The Aga Khan Development Network’s goal in East Africa is to build a network of clinics and hospitals that brings primary care as close to people’s homes as possible, while also linking them seamlessly to advanced care,” Princess Zahra Aga Khan said.
“We aim for these facilities to be staffed by highly trained clinicians, equipped with the latest technologies, and prepared to address the region’s changing burden of disease.”
The facility will be open to students in 2025, and patients will be admitted shortly after that.
“Through this facility, a new group of exceptionally skilled and equipped nurses and midwives will be available to support the health sector all over Uganda in years to come. We honour the services of those who are already saving lives and keeping our people healthy,” the First Lady of Uganda, Her Excellency Janet Museveni said.
“This project is currently the largest single capital investment project of the Aga Khan Development Network that has been made in East Africa in this field. This university will also provide access to modern healthcare by the underprivileged as it also makes ground-breaking research on issues that affect millions of our people,” Mrs Museveni said.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of witnessing the beginning of construction on the Aga Khan University Campus and Hospital in Nakawa. This project represents the largest capital investment by the Aga Khan Development Network in East Africa, and will provide healthcare access to all… pic.twitter.com/o4H8uBVlBc
— Janet K Museveni (@JanetMuseveni) April 28, 2023
AKU has been active in Uganda for 23 years. In Kampala, it has graduated 1,300 nurses and midwives who are working in government and private-sector institutions in urban and rural communities across the country.
Several hundred Ugandan teachers and journalists have graduated from or are enrolled at AKU and more than 2,000 have completed short courses.
The University also operates three medical centres in Kampala. In total, AKU has graduated more than 4,500 nurses, doctors, teachers and journalists across East Africa.