The Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam


The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam (AKH-Dar) is part of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS). Established in 1964, the Hospital is a 74-bed multispecialty facility staffed by 32 full-time consultants and 111 nurses offering quality health care to Tanzanians. The Hospital provides general medical services, specialist clinics and state of the art diagnostic services.

The Hospital has grown in recent years, expanding its services and upgrading its facilities. The expansion programme has emphasised the introduction of high-quality, high-technology laboratory, medicine, and radiology services, which have enhanced the capability of AKH-Dar to provide referral services in Tanzania. The Hospital is also part of the AKHS international referral system, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.

Hospital facilities include:

  • Medical ward with 14 beds with two VIP rooms and an isolation room to contain risksof infectious diseases. This ward also has a 6-bedded dialysis unit with a dedicated staff;
  • Surgical ward of 28 beds with an isolation room to contain risks of infectious diseases;
  • Paediatric ward of 10 beds;
  • Maternity ward of 18 beds, including one VIP room, two delivery rooms, a neo-natal special care unit with three incubators, a ventilator with neo-natal module and a nursery for newly born babies and babies requiring special attention, staffed by specially trained nurses and midwives;
  • Intensive care unit of 5 beds, plus 2 high dependency unit (HDU) beds;

Each ward is led by a full-time consultant, supported by resident medical officers (junior doctors), residents, interns, and qualified nurses. Patient rooms are of very high quality. All the rooms in the Medical, Paediatric and Surgical wards include: air conditioning, nurse call system, cardiac arrest alarm system, piped oxygen, refrigerator, television and telephone.

AKHST also operates five Primary Medical Centres in Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Morogoro, and Mwanza. These Centres provide a variety of services, including limited inpatient, outpatient, minor emergency, diagnostic and pharmacy services.



Qualified Healthcare Professionals

Medical staff at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam have postgraduate qualifications from top educational institutions in Austria, England, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uganda. The Hospital’s visiting credentialed consultants offer a broad range of specialized expertise all major disciplines including dermatology, ENT, psychiatry, ophthalmology orthodontics, and orthopaedics to complement the full-time team.

Qualified nursing staff work with the consultants, many of which have undergone training in several specialist areas including casualty, neo-natal and intensive care.

International Standards and Working Practices

The Hospital is internationally recognised in its delivery of quality medical care. It maintains these standards rigorously by:

  • Maintaining ISO 9001 accreditation (attained in 2003);
  • Conducting weekly medical education sessions for junior and senior doctors, medical residents, medical interns, and nurses, clinical audits, quality improvement, mortality and morbidity reviews;
  • Maintaining infection control protocols and guidelines in line with International standards, including stringent testing in haematology, as an example;
  • Seeking national (NEQAS – National External Quality Assurance Service) and international (RIQAS – Randox International Quality Assurance Scheme) quality control for pathology;
  • Ensuring ethical staff work practices;
  • Regular audits of its clinical standards by international staff.

Telemedicine and Telepathology

The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam is part of an international telemedical service. The service allows medical staff to consult worldwide experts by emailing patient notes, images and pathology results and images. Doctors have access to a network of international experts working at recognized institutions for a qualified second diagnosis of medical conditions.

Affordable Services

The Hospital strives to make its services accessible to as many people as possible by offering high quality medical care at affordable prices. The Hospital also has a limited welfare program which allows it to provide access and care to needy patients.

Cardiac Diagnostics

The Cardiac Diagnostic Unit’s medical equipment and diagnostic facilities are the most developed in Tanzania, offering the latest services in radiology, cardiac diagnostics and pathology including:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG), Cardiac Echo and 3-D Exercise Stress tests;
  • Automated pathology services in the Hospital and Primary Medical Centres.

Radiology Services

The Hospital offers a wide range of radiology examinations using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, fluoroscopy, Doppler ultrasound and mammography techniques. Besides basic chest, limbs, skull and abdomen examinations, a number of additional specialist investigations are available including:

  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecytogram
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans
  • Gallstone in Closed Bladder Drainage (CBD)
  • Hysterosalpingogram (Uterus and Fallopian Tubes
  • Interventional radiological procedures (biopsies
  • Pleural metastasis for Ca bronchu
  • Pancreatitis (chronic)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Specialised dental X-ray
  • Urethrogram

CT Scan, MRI and Ultrasound are available 12 hours a day and X-ray services are available 24 hours a day. Emergency CT Scan and MRI investigations are available at any time of the day.

Pathology Services

The Pathology Department offers a comprehensive range of investigations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department, under the guidance of highly experienced in-house clinical and anatomic pathologist, also has a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) which is fully integrated with the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS). All automated instruments are interfaced with LIMS, allowing for seamless transfer/distribution of reports and images throughout the system. Services available include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Haematology/Blood transfusion
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Histopathology/Cytopathology
  • Telepathology


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