H.H. AGA KHAN ENDS WEEK LONG VISIT IN KENYA TO REVIEW PROGRESS OF the A.K.D.N. PROJECTS - 2009-07-29
Coastweek -- His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by his daughter Princess Zahra, ended a week-long visit to Kenya to view progress on various projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the country.
While in Mombasa, the Aga Khan visited the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa where he toured some of the Hospital's diagnostic services and specialist clinics.
The Hospital is part of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) with links to the Aga Khan University Hospitals in Nairobi and Karachi, and has grown in recent years, expanding its services and upgrading its facilities.
The Aga Khan also visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa to view developments on the construction of its new residential campus, and speak with faculty members, dorm parents and students about their experiences.
The Academy, which opened in 2003, is the first of a network of Academies to be established across the developing world and features a curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Combined with exceptional facilities, and a pluralistic, multicultural learning community, the Academies challenge exceptional students of all backgrounds to fulfill their destinies as learners and leaders in their communities and across the globe.
In Nairobi, His Highness and Princess Zahra visited the construction site of the $50 million Heart and Cancer Centre of the Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi), which is expected to be completed next year.
The Centre will be the first in the region to provide high quality cardiac and oncology care to patients using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and will be a part of the Aga Khan University 's Faculty of Health Sciences, East Africa 's first premier private medical school.
During the visit, they reviewed plans and saw the proposed area for radiation therapy, and also visited the Hospital's newly renovated Paediatric Unit.
During the visit, the Aga Khan also met His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
He will next travel to Tanzania and then to Zanzibar, where he will officially inaugurate Forodhani Park in Historic Stone Town, which has undergone a $2.4 million restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).