Revitalizing Healthcare: Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, Unveils Renovation Completion, Elevating Standards of Excellence

MOMBASA, KENYA, 30 April 2024 – Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya, announced today, the successful conclusion of its renovation of the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa. This achievement signifies a crucial advancement in our enduring dedication to delivering top-tier healthcare to a population base of approximately 1.4 million people. Through this extensive renovation, the previously 82-bed facility has evolved into a cutting-edge 115-bed secondary hospital equipped to deliver comprehensive and integrated health services to the surrounding communities.

The renovation project represents a total investment of US$12.2 Million, comprised of a loan of US$8.54 million from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and additional funding of US$3.68 million from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest, CECM Health, Mombasa County Dr. Swabah Ahmed, said “I wish to state that one of the strongest areas of collaboration is on consultants from the DoH practising in the private sector. This level of partnership has been there for a very long time.  As a department, we have no intention to make fundamental changes, except to state that we need to regularize and streamline this partnership in order to optimize our human resources to provide quality healthcare to our patients in the public facilities”.

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Arnaud Suquet, Ambassador of the French Republic to Kenya said, “Thanks to AFD and AKDN’s financing, this project will contribute to better accessibility healthcare, including availing health care closer to the communities through the primary health centres, 09 of which were financed in this AFD support, but also to avail improved clinical programs, including maternal health”.

The newly renovated Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa is poised to provide enhanced healthcare services to the people of the Coastal Region and Kenya at large. The facility now features a dedicated Accidents and Emergency Unit, a larger Intensive Care Unit, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and an Isolation Ward. Holding Level 5 certification from SafeCare Healthcare Standards, the hospital is well-equipped to offer specialised care in cardiology, nephrology, oncology, neurology, psychiatry, advanced surgeries, and more. This development underscores Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya’s commitment to advancing healthcare accessibility and delivering comprehensive, high-quality services to the community.

Dr. Gijs Walraven, Director of Health, Aga Khan Development remarked, “Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, with its outreach centres, stands as the premier healthcare service provider in the coastal region, consistently expanding its reach and diversifying services to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the community. Since the inauguration of a 4-bed maternity home in the Ganjoni area of Mombasa in 1944, the integrated health network has grown into a central hub serving over five counties in the Coastal region through purpose-built facilities, highly qualified and skilled doctors and nurses committed to delivering quality healthcare.”


About the Partners:

Aga Khan Development Network & Aga Khan Health Service

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies established by His Highness the Aga Khan, which partners with other like-minded organisations to help improve the quality of life of those in need irrespective of their origins, faith, or gender.  Through initiatives in sectors such as healthcare, education, culture, rural development, institution building and the promotion of economic development, AKDN takes a multifaceted approach to help communities and individuals become self-reliant. The Network also espouses values and norms, including pluralism and cultural tolerance, gender and social equity, civil society organisation and good governance. The AKDN, therefore, has a holistic view of progress that goes beyond poverty alleviation to encompass a more rounded view of human experience and aspirations.

Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is one of three agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that supports healthcare activities, together with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University (AKU). Working to tackle today’s greatest health challenges in low- and middle-income countries, the three agencies of the AKDN provide quality healthcare to over 14 million people annually and work closely on planning, training, and resource development. Through our focused presence in Central Asia, East Africa, and South Asia, AKHS operates 23 multi-disciplinary hospitals and medical centres, as well as 575+ outreach health centres, offering one of the most comprehensive non-profit healthcare systems in the developing world.  AKHS also works with the Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) on integrating health issues into other sectors.

AKHS operates in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda, with central coordination from AKDN offices in Geneva, Switzerland. The offices are linked internationally through network-wide strategies for regional geographies, and topics of importance to the agency, such as quality of care, digital health, virtual learning, climate change measures, population health, communication, human resource development and audit.

The Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa

Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya established a 4-Bed Maternity Home in 1944, which was later upgraded to 16 beds in 1952.  The Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa was established in 1952 as a private, not-for-profit institution that provides primary, and secondary level health care services in Kenya. In 2019, the hospital was awarded SafeCare Level 5 Certification, expanding to the SafeCare certification of 8 of its 15 Outreach Health Centres. The Aga Khan Hospital provides general medical services, specialist clinics and state-of-the-art diagnostic services. It is also part of the Aga Khan Health Services international network, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi and the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi.

Agence Française de Développement

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) implements France’s policy on international development and solidarity. Through its financing of NGOs and the public sector, as well as its research and publications, AFD supports and accelerates transitions towards a fairer, more resilient world. It also provides training in sustainable development (at the AFD Campus) and other awareness-raising activities in France.

With our partners, we are building shared solutions with and for the people of the Global South.

Our teams are at work on more than 4,000 projects in the field, in the French Overseas Departments and Territories, in 115 countries and in regions in crisis. We strive to protect global public goods – promoting a stable climate, biodiversity, and peace, as well as gender equality, education, and healthcare. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and the French people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Towards a world in common.

Media Contacts:

Michael Nyakiti
Head of Development, Marketing & Caremanagement
Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa
Tel:  +254 720 3337 899
Charlotte Le Layo
Agence Française de Développement 
Tel: +254 759 637 403

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