KENYA – AAR healthcare Kenya limited, a subsidiary of AAR Healthcare Holdings, has launched a 140-bed general hospital with both inpatient and outpatient services.

The Hospital located in Kenya’s Kiambu county is targeted to deliver an unparalleled patient experience through a customer-centered approach that leverages innovation and an engaged workforce.

AAR Healthcare, one of the leading medical service providers in the country, boast of a large base of outpatient healthcare services in East Africa, with a network of 21 clinics across the country and serving over 300,000 clients annually from across the social divide.

The AAR Hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient services including: Emergency care services, Dialysis, Obstetrics/Gynecology services, critical care, pediatric services, medicine and surgery among others.

One of the unique features of the institution is that the outpatient services are delivered through independent emergency care facility and the outpatient facility.

This separation of the outpatient services implies the ambulatory care will continue without interruption from incoming emergencies as happens in other institutions.

AAR Group was started by its founders Bengt Beckmann and his wife Maryjka as Africa Air Rescue Company. From a small business with specialty in evacuation of medical and accident casualties, both by road and air, AAR is now the leading private healthcare firm in East Africa priding itself with over 100,000 people in membership.

The Group recently celebrated 33 years in Kenya since its inception in 1984 and with it, is the satisfaction of a dream-lived-on as envisioned by its founders. AAR has grown and offers a diverse portfolio of services and in line with this, company’s name has changed more than once, but has always retained its values of quality, innovation and excellence.

AAR hospital adds onto a growing profile of healthcare infrastructure within the East African Country. In October 2018, local authorities reported that the construction of a new 2,000-bed secondary and tertiary care hospital on the outskirts of Eldoret (western Kenya), which aims to relieve stress on the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is scheduled to start by the end of the year.

Private hospitals in Kenya have rolled out multi-billion-shilling expansion projects in order to meet the current and expected growth in demand for quality healthcare services as the country’s middle-class population grows.

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Avenue Group, Coptic Hospital, Kenyatta University as well as AAR Health Services have all launched major development schemes that will see new branches opened and services broadened.

Similarly, in August2016, India-based Grant Medical Foundation’s RubyHall Clinic launched a 400-bed facility in Kenya, with a focus on cardiology and oncology.

The new hospital by AAR is key to utilizing existing gaps in Kenya’s healthcare system as there exists tremendous opportunity to leverage the private sector in ways that improve access and increase the financing and quality of healthcare goods and services throughout Africa.

According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Sub-Saharan Africa has about 11% of the world’s people, but it carries 24% of the global disease burden in human and financial costs.

Around 60% of healthcare financing in Africa comes from private sources, and about 50% of total health expenditure goes to private providers.

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