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Le Centre Cœur Cancer de l’Hôpital Universitaire Aga Khan de Nairobi ©Stefano Bianco/AFD
Faced with increased chronic diseases in East Africa, the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi opens a Heart-Cancer Reference Centre and makes its offer available to the poorest patients.
Context

While in sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases represent the biggest health burden, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are becoming a public health issue. In East Africa, in 2002, the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases was 131,000, of which 42,900 were in Kenya, and the number of cancers was 52,000, of which 16,700 were in Kenya. By 2030, the numbers should double. However, the health systems are not prepared for this epidemiological transition: nowhere in East Africa was there a comprehensive sector, public or private, providing these two specialties areas. The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUH-N), a private non-profit hospital, is the most comprehensive hospital facility in the sub-region and plays a decisive role in improving provision of health-care. By opening the Heart-Cancer Reference Centre, the Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi wants to establish a high-level reference centre in cancerology and cardiology in Nairobi to better treat these conditions.

Description

While in sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases represent the biggest health burden, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are becoming a public health issue. In East Africa, in 2002, the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases was 131,000, of which 42,900 were in Kenya, and the number of cancers was 52,000, of which 16,700 were in Kenya. By 2030, the numbers should double. However, the health systems are not prepared for this epidemiological transition: nowhere in East Africa was there a comprehensive sector, public or private, providing these two specialties areas. The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUH-N), a private non-profit hospital, is the most comprehensive hospital facility in the sub-region and plays a decisive role in improving provision of health-care. By opening the Heart-Cancer Reference Centre, the Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi wants to establish a high-level reference centre in cancerology and cardiology in Nairobi to better treat these conditions.

Impacts

20,000 patients a year have access to cancer and cardiology care. In addition, between 30 and 60,000 poor patients suffering from these diseases will also be cared for in over 20 years as part of the Patient Welfare Programme.

16/02/2010
Project start date
11/03/2013
Project end date
20 ans
Duration of funding
Nairobi
Location
35 300 000
USD
Financing amount
Aga Khan Hospital- Nairobi
Beneficiaries