In their diligent efforts to attract foreign patients and alleviate the plight of local patients seeking treatment overseas, the ALMC and the Aga Khan Hospital have signed the agreement to create synergy between the two medical care facilities of world-class to promote the provision of global standard health services. for the chronically ill.
The memorandum of understanding between the two institutions which was signed by the CEOs of ALMC and Aga Khan Health Services, Elisha Twisa and Sisawo Konteh, respectively states that they will also collaborate in the provision of referral services and other specialized health care services.
As part of the agreement, the two health institutions have agreed to cooperate in quality assurance and accreditation procedures in order to make the ALMC a center of excellence in its own right, specialized health services and exchange programs.
Other key areas of collaboration cover capacity building and training, research and development, resource mobilization which includes project design and business development as well as awareness programs.
The Aga Khan Hospital provides training for physicians to become specialists in international medicine, second family medicine, third general surgery, fourth obstetrics and gynecology as well as fifth pediatrics.
âThe essence of this MoU, among others, is to provide relief to patients with chronic diseases who have to seek treatment abroad, as they will now be treated either at the ALMC in Arusha or at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam. We will provide them with state-of-the-art medical care with global benchmarks to ease the country’s medical tourism bill, âsaid Elisha Twisa, CEO of ALMC.
Currently, the annual medical tourism bill for the East African region, which includes Tanzania, stands at US $ 150 million, up from US $ 60 million in 2010, with the majority of patients seeking treatment. cardiac, renal and anticancer treatment.
âThis type of pollination partnership will ensure patients receive the highest quality health services that meet international standards in the country and lower the medical tourism bill. With the professional exchange of best practices, it is possible, âexplained Twisa.
Twisa said the ALMC hospital is well-equipped in terms of state-of-the-art equipment coupled with qualified healthcare staff including 21 specialist doctors, the highest number indeed compared to its peers.
The hospital operates an advanced emergency medicine department, performing laparoscopic surgeries, nephrology and dialysis, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology and a well-equipped NICU, orthopedics, radiology which includes computed tomography, palliative care, among others.
In remarks after the signing ceremony, Konteh, CEO of Aga Khan Health Services, called the agreement a crucial milestone in the delivery of health services, as it brings together the two world-class private hospitals to complement each other in their quest to provide the highest quality specialized health care to the people of Tanzania. âWe look forward to witnessing a very fruitful collaboration in the delivery of healthcare services. This agreement will be a game-changer in the conduct of medical tourism in the country, âKonteh said.
In 2018, the expansion of the ALMC transformed the institution into a world-class healthcare facility. A state-of-the-art teaching and tertiary care hospital with 170 beds has enabled it to provide a significantly higher standard of specialist care combining cutting-edge technology with highly skilled human resources.
On the other hand, the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam is the only hospital in the country to hold the prestigious quality standard accreditation of the Joint Commission International (JCI) as well as the ISO 9001 standard to comply with strict criteria such as that the safety of hospital patients. , clinical care delivery and comprehensive patient support.