Recognition for Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUH,N) has received accreditation from The Joint Commission International (JCI) for setting the bar for high health standards worldwide..

AKUH,N was first accredited in July 2013, which made it the first hospital in East Africa to get recognition. It attained the coveted accreditation in 2016 and in 2019 thus became an outstanding health facility.

The Joint Commission International (JCI), is a non-profit organization mandated with accrediting and certifying health care organizations globally.

Accreditation must be completed successfully in order to achieve its stated goal of “signaling to patients that a health care organization has undergone an exacting (rigorous) performance assessment and met a robust series of qualifications in patient safety and quality of care.”

Rashid Khalani, CEO Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi said that the accreditation has come at a great time after the Covid 19 pandemic hence is an assurance that in this hospital one is provided with the highest quality of care.

Emphasizing that in AKUH,N patient care and safety is one of the best evidence from the comparison with international standards and benchmarked against the best hospitals globally.

The audit is done every three years. Re-accreditation was granted following a thorough audit procedure that examined the hospital’s adherence to 1,199 quantifiable criteria and 291 standards. Infection control, standards of physician practice, patient experience, medication management, the safety of care, the qualifications and competencies of staff and physicians, disaster preparedness, and many other aspects of healthcare delivery processes and documentation are all included in this analysis.

The hospital has received other awards; In August 2020, the hospital was accredited as a Centre of Excellence for the management of heart attacks making it the first hospital in sub-Saharan Africa, and second in Africa, to achieve this certification, in June 2021, the hospital was accredited as a center of Excellence for the management of acute stroke making it the first hospital in Africa to receive the accreditation.

The hospital’s laboratory has received the coveted South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accreditation every year since 2011, making it the first hospital laboratory in East and Central Africa to achieve this distinction. In 2018, the hospital’s laboratory received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists, making it the only laboratory in Eastern and Central Africa to hold this accreditation.

Mr. Khalani retorted that they do this as a way of life rather than just for the audit. Through independent and thorough audits, transparency and openness are guaranteed, ensuring nothing is hidden or swept under the rug.


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