As the leading private hospital in the region, Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, has consistently expanded its presence and range of services since its establishment in the 1950s by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, proactively catering to the evolving needs of the community.

The hospital, operated by the Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) Kenya, was first established as an 18-bed dispensary and maternity home in 1952, and grew into a 46-bed facility by 1985. Today, it is an ultra-modern, 123-bed, state-of-the-art institution that provides integrated healthcare services, offering advanced clinical programs in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, critical care, and maternal-child health.

Located in Kisumu, the third-largest city in the country, the facility currently serves nearly 600,000 people in the Lake region bloc and even receives patients from Uganda and bordering towns of Tanzania. Over the years, the hospital has become a hub of qualified doctors and nurses who provide cutting-edge care to the community. 

“This hospital project is embedded in a regional system, which is now novel, exceptional, and probably has a very long way to go,” said Princess Zahra. 

“It provides affordable, quality care to the people in the region, and it’s part of a network structure that makes affordable care available to every level of the population.”

AKHS is one of three agencies in the Aga Khan Development Network working to tackle today’s greatest health challenges in low-to-middle-income countries by providing high-quality, accessible healthcare services to those who need it most.

The expanded centre in Kisumu will provide access to new health services previously unavailable in the community. A new building will house a dedicated Accidents and Emergency Unit, a larger Intensive Care Unit, the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the first Sleep Lab in the region, with technology to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. 

Earlier this week, AKHS announced the completion of renovations at Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, which stands as the premier healthcare service provider in the coastal region.

Both projects, as they continue to develop and serve, are a testament to the steadfast partnership between the Government of Kenya, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), and AKDN to improve healthcare delivery in the country. The Hospitals are part of the AKDN Health System, which operates over 200 health facilities worldwide, including 12 hospitals, and is one of the most comprehensive private, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the developing world.