NAIROBI, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 20 ―The Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa) has entered into a partnership with Amref Health Africa, aimed at elevating health standards in East Africa.
The two key institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake joint health programmes in the region.
Under the agreement, the organisations will undertake joint investment in innovation, research and learning to position AKF, East Africa and Amref Health Africa as key conveners and thought leaders in the nexus of health and development.
The MOU will see the two organisations establish joint innovative health programmes and services that leverage the technical strengths and experience of both parties.
They will also seek to jointly influence health policies in the East Africa region, closely working with the region’s governments to facilitate key changes in health planning and financing.
They will further jointly seek funding from a wide range of sources, including bilateral, multilateral, private sector, government and local donors to support the health sector.
The Director of the Institute for Capacity Development at Amref Health Africa, Dr George Kimathi, said the partnership will significantly enhance the scale, reach and impact of individual health interventions.
“The partnership with AKF, East Africa will enable Amref Health Africa to create lasting health change in Africa by empowering communities and strengthening health systems,” said Dr Kimathi.
AKF East Africa regional CEO Dr. Graham Wood said the Foundation is committed to improving the health of individuals and communities, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
He added that the foundation is also keen to strengthen national health systems through provision of technical assistance.
“The partnership between AKF and Amref Health Africa will improve delivery of high-quality sustainable health care services in East Africa,” said Dr Wood.
Aga Khan Foundation harnesses its longstanding work with communities and local organisations to enable people – particularly those living in geographically remote areas – to optimise their health and well-being and reach their full potential.
The Foundation seeks to achieve sustainable improvements in health and nutritional status amongst vulnerable groups, especially women of childbearing age, adolescents and children under five.
Its goal is to improve access and utilisation of integrated health care services, while enabling communities to adopt effective health practices.
Amref Health Africa seeks to increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health services delivery and investments in health.