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February 2019: Prince Hussain Aga Khan in Nairobi

Prince Hussain and Elizabeth Hoag at marine exhibition in Nairobi

Prince Hussain and his fiancée Miss Elizabeth Hoag enjoy a light moment with members of Ismaili institutions and the AKDN during a tour of the Exhibition Gallery, held at Nairobi’s landmark Town Jamatkhana. Photo: AKDN / Hussein Jiva.

During the month of February 2019, Prince Hussain Aga Khan officially inaugurated his exhibition of marine photography at the historic Town Jamatkhana (Khoja Mosque) in Nairobi.

The collection of some 100 photographs of oceanic ecosystems in various parts of the world depicted the beauty, fragility and diversity of marine life and brought to  attention the necessity and urgency to protect, conserve and manage our oceanic heritage and resources.

Prince Hussain at marine exhibition in Nairobi

Prince Hussain Aga Khan points out an interesting detail of a marine animal depicted in one of his photographs. Photo: AKDN / Hussein Jiva.

Prince Hussain with cabinet secretary at marine exhibition in Nairobi

Prince Hussain Aga Khan on a tour of the gallery with Cabinet Secretary Honourable Keriako Tobiko. During a speech at the event, Honourable Keriako Tobiko commended Prince Hussain for “a true display of exceptional passion for marine ecosystems” and for using photography to inform and educate audiences about ‘the diversity that exists in our seas and oceans”. Photo: AKDN / Aziz Islamshah

2019-02-kenya-06-dsc_3965_r_Prince Hussain Aga Khan in conversation with guests attending his exhibition

Prince Hussain Aga Khan in conversation with guests at an event hosted by the Aga Khan Council for Kenya, featuring an exhibition of his marine photography and cultural performances. Photo: AKDN / Hussein Jiva.

Prince Hussain Aga Khan accompanied Chief Guest Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry for a special viewing of the exhibition. Cabinet Secretary Keriako commended Prince Hussain for “a true display of exceptional passion for marine ecosystems” and for using photography to inform and educate audiences about the diversity that exists in our seas and oceans. He made special mention of the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) support to Kenya’s commitment to 10% tree cover by 2022, by planting more than 10 million trees since 2014.

2019-02-kenya-11-d_Prince Hussain at Aga Khan University Hospital Heart and Cancer Centre

Shawn Bolouki, CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital, and Prince Hussain Aga Khan in the Heart and Cancer Centre’s Cath Lab during the Prince’s visit to the hospital. A first of its kind in East Africa, the Heart and Cancer Centre provides high quality care and treatment based on international standards for a full spectrum of heart and cancer conditions including emergency treatment for heart attacks, high blood pressure and heart failure, management of heart diseases, surgery and rehabilitation. Estimates show that by the year 2020, cardiovascular disease will become the most common cause of death in developing countries. Photo: AKDN / Aziz Islamshah

Prince Hussain with senior prefect Aga Khan High School Nairobi

Principal Ambrose Maina introduces Prince Hussain Aga Khan to senior prefects during the Prince’s visit to the Aga Khan High School, Nairobi. Photo: AKDN / Hussein Jiva.

Prince Hussain Aga Khan toured Kenya with his fiancée Miss Elizabeth Hoag. While in the country, they also visited a number of AKDN projects in Nairobi, including Aga Khan High School, Aga Khan University, Aga Khan University Hospital, Frigoken, and Serena properties.

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March 6, 2019: Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan tour labs in Seattle

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa at AKU signing in Seattle

Scientific Director Dr. Stan Riddell in conversation with Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan during a lab tour at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Photo: Fred Hutch / Robert Hood

The Aga Khan University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on March 6, 2019  expressed their shared commitment in working together to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

President Firoz Rasul of Aga Khan University and President and Director of Fred Hutch, Dr. Gary Gilliland, signed a memorandum of understanding which aims to foster joint international scientific research projects, training programmes in clinical care, laboratory and clinical research programmes and infrastructure development in low- and middle-income settings, primarily in East Africa.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa in Seattle

From L to R: Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, AKU President Firoz Rasul, Provost of UW Mark Richards, and AKU Provost and Vice President, Academic Dr Carl Amrhein. Photo: Mark Stone/ University of Washington via the Ismaili.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa in Seattle 2

President and Director of Fred Hutch Dr. Gary Gilliland and Prince Rahim exchange gifts after the MOU signing ceremony at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as AKU President Firoz Rasul and Princess Salwa look on. Photo: Fred Hutch / Robert Hood

Prior to the signing ceremony, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa took a tour of the Hutch laboratory of Dr. Stanley Riddell, scientific director of the Hutch’s Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center. No stranger to the Pacific Northwest, Princess Salwa is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Washington.

The couple also visited the lab of Dr. Hootie Warren, head of the Hutch’s Global Oncology Program. There, Dr. Manoj Menon described several research initiatives underway in Uganda, including a clinical study for breast cancer.

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March 9, 2019: Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Dar es Salaam

The Aga Khan Development Network has now been in Tanzania for over 100 years and works in many sectors of economic and social and cultural development across the country. Indeed, the original building on this site was built in 1964. I think it’s a testimony to the long history of the Aga Khan Development Network and the long partnership between the Government of Tanzania and the institutions of the network….This Hospital was internationally recognised in 2016 with the Joint Commission International, the first hospital in Tanzania and only the second one in East Africa, after the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, to get this distinction of quality of care. – Princess Zahra Aga Khan, March 9, 2019, Dar es Salaam.

Princess Zahra at phase 2 expansion Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam

Princess Zahra Aga Khan speaking at the opening of the Phase II expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam. Photo: AKDN / Zahur Ramji.

Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) on March 9, 2019 launched the completion of the second phase of a US$ 83.5 million (TZS 192 billion) expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which will enable the institution to serve over one million patients each year.

I am pleased to say, thanks to that, today, the Hospital employs some of the most qualified and competent human resources, supplemented by world-class technical expertise, and that this Hospital will offer specialised programmes in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, advanced critical care diagnostics as well as responding to the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in Tanzania.  These services come in addition to our traditional key focus areas of maternal, neonatal and child health, which have also been strengthened as a result of this expansion, the Phase II building. I am delighted that this advanced facility will allow all Tanzanians to receive world-class treatment at home and therefore reversing the need for medical tourism abroad and hopefully encouraging medical tourism within the region. – Princess Zahra Aga Khan, March 9, 2019, Dar es Salaam.

Princess Zahara and Prime Minister Majaliwa of Tnazania inaugurate Aga Khan Hospital Phase 2 expansion

The Prime Minister of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa and Princess Zahra Aga Khan after the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the opening of Phase II of The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam. Photo: AKDN / Zahur Ramji

The inauguration was conducted by His Excellency, the Honourable Kassim M. Majaliwa (MP), Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

The expansion, funded by a US$ 53.5 million (TZS 134 billion) loan from the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement – AFD) and a US$ 26.3 million (TZS 58 billion) contribution from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), transforms the Aga Khan Hospital from a 74-bed hospital into a 170-bed tertiary care teaching hospital that offers the facilities to successfully provide advance clinical programmes in cardiology, oncology, neuro sciences, critical care (including neo-natal critical care) and maternal and child health, all supported by relevant diagnostics, integrated operating rooms and a sophisticated accident and emergency department.

Princess Zahra inaugurates Aga Khan Hospital Phase 2 expansion

Princess Zahra Aga Khan welcoming Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children at the opening of Phase II of The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar Es Salaam. Photo: AKDN / Zahur Ramji .

It will serve as an integrated health care medical facility for Tanzania and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The second phase development also marks a countrywide expansion of AKHS with 35 outreach health centres, 23 of which are already operational.

Date posted: March 30, 2019.

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