Aga Khan Health Service launches US$ 55,000 International Healthcare Management Program

Nazir Pirani, lead trainer Aga Khan Health Board for USA in a training session in Dar es Salaam. The Certificate in Healthcare Management program will improve the institution's management and leadership skills. (Image: Courtesy)

The Aga Khan Health Service Tanzania (AKHS) and Aga Khan Health Board for USA (AKHB) have forged a collaborative partnership with London School of Economics Entrepreneurship (LSEE) to enhance management and leadership skills of health care staff.

The proposed new program titled Certificate in Healthcare Management (CHM) will be a blended learning program comprising on-site training, on line self-study and practicum workshops to be developed and delivered by the AKHB/IHPA under LSEE guidance and oversight.

The program is expected to cost nearly TShs 88mn (US$ 55,000) and benefit up to 120 middle to senior staff of the Aga Khan Health Service Tanzania over the next 3 years.

The AKHS has also extended an opportunity to provide management leadership to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare senior staff under the aegis of LSEE.

The London School of Economics is one of world’s leading academic institutions. The Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) Tanzania has been providing health care services to Tanzanians for more than 50 years committed for quality and safe programs with the highest standards.

AKHS operates The Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam and Medical/Outreach centres in Dodoma, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya and Mwanza and Mbezi, Dar es Salaam. AKHS recently embarked on a TShs 130bn expansion which will involve doubling the present bed capacity of the Hospital to 150 beds, increasing the number of medical outreach centres to 30 while introducing various subspecialties such as oncology, cardiology and neuroscience.

This will result in enhanced and more comprehensive access to quality healthcare for the people of Tanzania while also building a strong health human resource workforce.

The LSE/Aga Khan Health partnership further defines the commitment of the Aga Khan Development Network to delivering world class quality health care to Tanzania.

According to AKHS Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sulaiman Shahabuddin, the main objective of this program is to enhance the management and leadership skills of hospital staff in East Africa.

“The program is structured to run over a three-phase cycle, each phase covering areas of management training based on identified needs of middle managers, supervisors, heads of departments and senior executive staff,” says Shahabuddin.

Shahabuddin said the program also aims to develop a structured format of onsite management training to enhance management capacity of AKHS hospitals, offering continuous learning opportunities for staff. Lastly, the program will build an organizational culture of continuous learning for staff, thereby creating entrepreneurship awareness and adding value to customers, staff and all stakeholders of the institution.

Speaking while officiating at the launch in Dar es Salaam, The Assistant Director, Human Resource Management in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Zackary Dida, said: “As you are aware, we have a huge shortage of skilled health workers and relatively few health facilities that offer comprehensive services for our population. We welcome the Aga Khan Health Service’s commitment and investment in improving the provision of health care training and development in Tanzania.”