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Aga Khan - UCSF Partnership

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann greets Aga Khan IV during his visit to UCSF. Photo: Cindy Chew

The partnership between Aga Khan University (AKU) and UCSF dates back to 2006, when AKU’s family medicine program in Tanzania and the Aga Khan Health Services program in East Africa began working with Global Health Sciences to strengthen AKU’s training and research program in family medicine based in Dar es Salaam. In 2009, a memorandum of understanding between AKU and UCSF was signed to advance their common goal of promoting equitable human advancement and social justice in the less privileged parts of the world.

In April 2011, His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader (Imam) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, visited UCSF to gain insight into the driving forces behind UCSF’s excellence in research and education, and to deepen the partnership between UCSF and the Aga Khan Development Network. He was also awarded the UCSF Medal, the University’s equivalent of an honorary degree.

GHS and campus partners are working to elaborate the UCSF-AKU partnership. Areas of initial collaboration include the development of an integrated primary health care model, residency training in Family and Community Medicine, and midwifery.