Land for the construction of a third Aga Khan University Hospital has been acquired in Uganda.
The Aga Khan and President Yoweri Museveni are expected to preside over a ground-breaking ceremony this week.
The Aga Khan Development Network has committed $15 billion (Sh1.5 trillion) for expansion in East Africa.
Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul on Sunday said like the two hospitals in Nairobi and Karachi, Pakistan — both of which have earned accreditation from the US Joint Commission International — the one in Kampala would provide the best possible treatment and care.
Its first phase comprising a 150-bed wing will be completed in 2020. It is expected to expand to a 600-bed hospital.
The hospital will be at the junction of Jinja and New Port Bell roads in Kampala.
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The Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and chairman of the network, arrived in Nairobi on Friday.
He was a guest at celebrations marking Kenya’s independence and is expected in Kampala this week.
AKU’s expansion in East Africa is informed by a framework focused on developing leaders, establishing global professional standards, amongst others.
The plan will also see it establish a campus in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Kampala hospital will provide advanced care, diagnose and treat complicated diseases.
It will have specialists in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, cancer, women and child health, stem cell and regenerative medicine, neurology and minimally invasive surgery, with the latest state-of-the-art equipment such as MRI, CT scanners and nuclear medicine.
“We will ensure that Ugandans have access to world-class care when and where they need it. No longer will they need to leave the country to get quality healthcare,” Mr Rasul said.
The university hospital will train doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
Institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network have been at the helm of economic and social development in East Africa for nearly a century now, working towards improving quality of life though multiple cross-sectoral programmes.