AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office

Members and Colleagues from the 2022 EA Regional Forum in Nairobi, Kenya

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The AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office is hosted by The Aga Khan University located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office is responsible for organizing regional events and conferences, fostering the discussion on key issues for Eastern African academic health centers and systems, contributing to the development of AAHCI programs, and strengthening collaborations between current and prospective AAHC and AAHCI members, especially but not only in Eastern Africa.

Regional Ambassador

William Macharia, MD, MSc
Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, AKU

Regional Office Manager

Eunice Muthoni
Executive Assistant, AKU

Regional Advisory Group

Damalie Nakanjako, MBChB, MMED, PhD
Professor of Medicine,
Principal, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

Annettee Nakimuli, MD, PhD
Dean and Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda

Kizito Lubano, MD
Director, Scientific programs, Partnerships, and Grants Management, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya

Evans Amukoye, MD
Senior Principal Clinical Scientist and Researcher, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya

Gilbert Munywoki, MD
Dean, School of Medicine, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Harun Kimani, MD, PhD
Lecturer, School of Medicine, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Maxwell Okello, MD
Dean, Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry, Kampala International University Western Campus (KIU-WC), Uganda

Upcoming Meetings

More information coming soon on Eastern Africa meeting(s) planned for 2022-2023, stay tuned!

Past Meetings

Regional Members Collaborate on Research Opportunities

October 13, 2022

AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, Aga Khan University (AKU), hosted an online meeting in collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Health Centers Vice-Presidents for Research executive leadership group. The meeting assembled members in the region and across the globe to discuss opportunities, contributions, and barriers to identifying overlaps and potential for collaboration.

The meeting was held as part of a series on international research collaboration discussions the that bring members together to share best practices, lessons learned, and more.

AAHCI 2022 Eastern Africa Regional Forum

March 29-30, 2022
Nairobi, Kenya

AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, Aga Khan University (AKU), hosted its first in-person gathering in Nairobi, Kenya. Leaders in the region explored opportunities to utilize the collaborative strength of academic healthcare institutions more effectively. Throughout the two-day forum, members and non-members from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda brainstormed programming ideas and a regional strategic plan to cultivate partnerships with AAHCI’s support and guidance.

AAHCI Eastern Africa Webinar | Diagnostic, Management, and Preventive Measures of COVID-19
Sharing experiences and best practices from Eastern Africa

May 27, 2021

AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, Aga Khan University (AKU), co-hosted a webinar on Diagnostic, Management, and Preventive Measures of COVID-19. Panelists, including regional experts from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda, shared their experiences and best practices learned in mitigating pandemic outcomes. AAHCI Member Tongji University in China participated to provide a comparable experience.

View the recording here.


AAHCI East Africa Regional Office’s Inaugural Newsletter on Mental Health

This inaugural newsletter of the AAHCI East Africa Regional Office shares how academic health centers in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda are managing the COVID-19 pandemic impact on mental health.

Read their contribution to the AAHCI cross-regional theme of Mental Health during times of COVID-19 here.

AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office Perspectives on Leadership in a Pandemic

Five members of the Eastern Africa Regional Office share their perspectives in AAHC's Leadership Perspectives International on “AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI) – Academic Health Centers in Eastern Africa: Leadership and Vision Amidst Challenges and a Pandemic”. Read more here.

AAHCI Leadership Initiative to Advance Cross-border Healthcare Collaboration

WASHINGTON, January 28– The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is pleased to announce the launch of the AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI), a program designed to catalyze the work of academic health center leaders from Lower and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) to foster cross-border learning and networking, promote collaboration, and share best practices in building academic health center infrastructure globally.

AAHC also is pleased to announce that The Aga Khan University , a member of the Association’s international arm, the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), has agreed to host AAHCI’s first Regional Office in Eastern Africa to help support and further develop this important initiative.

“The AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI) is a major step in growing our partnership with healthcare leaders in Eastern Africa who will engage with the Association, network with peers, and share their rich experiences and deep knowledge,” said AAHC President and CEO, Dr. Steven L. Kanter. “A distinctive feature of the program is the ability for awarded ALI institutions to have their leadership teams participate in the annual Global Innovation Forum and workshops on developing international programs and building cross-border institutional partnerships.”

AAHC is pleased to announce the first four institutions to become ALI recipients. Each institution has demonstrated a concrete vision for increasing the capacity of its academic health center and deepening connections with academic health centers in other countries.

  1. Kampala International University (KIU)
  2. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
  3. Kenyatta University
  4. Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health

“We are enthusiastic about working with the leadership at these institutions and engaging with our membership to promote broader and deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges facing leaders at academic health centers worldwide,” said Kanter.

AAHC is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing health and well-being through the values-based leadership of academic health centers.


If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Regional Office Manager
Eunice Muthoni

For more information on AAHCI membership, please contact us or visit the AAHCI membership page.

Eastern Africa Regional Members

  • Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Kenyatta University
  • The Aga Khan University
  • Kampala International University
  • Makerere University