AKHS-Pakistan press release In a statement, the AKHS Pakistan said in order to increase efficiency and serve growing needs of its patients, AKHS is recalibrating its health service delivery to ensure that it can remain independent and self-sustainable. A cornerstone of this approach is to ensure partnerships with national and local governments and other health service providers – both within AKDN, such as the Aga Khan University, and outside AKDN, such as government health facilities — to ensure improved health services in the long term. In some cases, the recalibration will mean that certain health functions will be built on an effective hub and spoke model. The AKHS,P Service Model will feature:
- Hubs: The Gilgit Medical Centre and the Booni Medical Centre, which will consist of 46 and 37 bed secondary health care units, respectively, with ‘core’ specialised services in paediatrics, obstetrics/gynaecology, internal medicine and surgery, as well as other specialised services in e.g. orthopaedics, ophthalmology, psychiatry etc., that are reflective of local needs. The Gilgit and Booni Medical Centres are connected with the ‘super-hub’ at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi for e-health services. The two Medical Centres serve as the referral units for the Compehensive Health Centres (CHCs) and play an active role in supervision and capacity building of the CHCs’ staff, including via outreach and e-health.
- Sub-hubs: The six CHCs (7-18 beds) are to be staffed by generalist rural family medicine physicians trained to diagnose and treat a large variety of common diseases, e.g., obstetric complications, emergency surgeries and stabilisation of severe medical and paediatric conditions. CHCs are the referral units for the BHCs, and CHC staff also provide outreach clinics in BHCs.
- Spokes: Staffed with Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) and Community Health Nurses (CHNs), the Basic Health Centres (BHCs) offer health promotion and disease prevention services, including screening for non- communicable diseases (NCDs). There are advanced discussions with AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) to start modular upgrading courses for the LHVs, as well as primary health care services with a focus on reproductive, maternal (including normal deliveries), and child health. The BHCs are the link between the formal health system and the community; and these will be linked via mobile health (m-health) services.