Excerpt from Moyez Alibhai’s interview (print edition) with Business Daily.
YOU ARE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGA KHAN HEALTH SERVICES, KENYA, WHICH IS PART OF AKDN. WHAT’S YOUR ROLE IN THE HEALTH SERVICE AS WELL AS AKDN?
I have been the chairman of the Board of the Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS), Kenya
since 2009. AKHS is one of 11 agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) operating in Kenya. The AKDN is a global network founded by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. It brings together a number of social, economic and cultural development agencies, institutions and programmes that work primarily to help those in need to attain a level of self-reliance and to improve their quality of life. The AKDN employs more than 16,000 staff, of whom 99 percent are Kenyan. AKHS runs hospitals in Mombasa and Kisumu, and numerous outreach clinics and medical camps in the two regions. We are also constructing an in-patient facility in Kisii County, with the endorsement of the County government. Collectively, AKDN agencies contribute hundreds of millions of dollars towards health care in Kenya, and has a legacy that goes back 60 years – in fact, AKUH and the Nation Media Group (also an AKDN agency) are both celebrating their 60th anniversaries this year.
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