TechInAfrica – Both Amref Health Africa and Aga Khan Foundation East Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aiming to improve the quality of life through a better health care system.
As what is stated by the CEO of Amref Health Africa, Githinji Giathi, the partnership between Amref and Aga Khan Foundation is coming from a realization that health affects people’s quality of life and poverty statistics.
Based on a report by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 86% of the very poor people in the world will be centered in Africa by 2030. Judging from the current statistic data, it is predicted that 60% of them are youth. To prevent this report from coming true, Amref attempts to improve the healthcare sector in Africa as a solution for poverty reduction.
As the CEO of Aga Khan Foundation East Africa, Graham Wood could not agree more with Gitihinji Giathi. He then added that they seek strategic partners to achieve their goals, thus, the partnership with Amref is one of the answers to this.
“We feel extremely delighted to partner with Amref by signing this MoU. Through this partnership, we want to improve health care as the solution to prevent the statistics mentioned from coming true,” he said.
The signing ceremony of MoU was also attended by the Director of Amref Institute of Capacity Development, Dr. George Kimathi and the Interim Vice Chancellor of Amref International University, Dr. Alice Lakati.
Responding to the signing of the MoU, Dr. Kimathi said, “By signing this MoU, it will strengthen our responsibility in joint resource mobilization, research, innovation, policy influencing as well as sharing learning materials, technology, and technological platforms.