By Joseph Ouma
The Aga Khan Foundation plans to expand its Kisumu hospital facility at a cost of Kshs.1.4billion (US$13.5Million) over the next five years upgrading it to a 100 bed facility.
Kisumu Business Development Manager, Rita Gachahi disclosed this during signing of Expansion and Upgrading Financing Agreement between Aga Khan Health Services, Kenya and Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) on Thursday.
The Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma, French Ambassador, Antoine Sivan, Chairman, Aga Khan Health Services, Kenya Moyez Alibhai alongside AFD Network Regional Director, Bruno Deprince and Syed Sohail, the CEO, Aga Khan Kisumu witnessed the event.
Gachahi and Sohail said a similar proposal for expansion of Mombasa hospital will cost a further Kshs.1.1billion (US$10.5Million) for the development of a cardiology programme, a day care and a chemotherapy center.
The duo pointed out that Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works to transform healthcare systems in service delivery, education and research.
They said the facilities serve as “hubs” for the AKDN expanding East Africa Integrated Health System in the region, which is dedicated to providing high quality health coverage at affordable prices to an economically diverse population.
“The hubs are also linked internationally through network-wide strategies for human resource development, hospital management, nursing development and primary healthcare”, she explained.
The Business Development Manager added that while strengthening its institutions, each health service institution also joins government health services and other providers in building an effective national health system.
On the other hand, AFD is a public development finance institution that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing countries and the French Overseas Provinces for 70 years. It executes the policy defined by the French government.
AFD is currently present in four continents where it has an international network of 70 agencies and representation offices, including nine in the French 9 in the French Overseas Provinces and one in Brussels.