Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine for Aga Khan University

Sponsor: Aga Khan University Foundation

Location(s): Kenya; Uganda


On November 2, 2009, President Firoz Rasul and Dr Haile T. Debas, then Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan and Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Governor of California. The universities agreed that an initial focus of the partnership would be research on developing an integrated primary health care (IPHC) model and stem cell biology.

A. An 18-month research and education capacity building programme in Integrated Primary Health Care in East Africa.  

  • Establishing New Training Programs and Mentorship Support through Exchange (MSE)
  • Health System Strengthening
  • Building Health Systems Research Capacity in Primary Care

The programme was successfully carried out between 2011 and 2013.  

B. Stem Cell Programme 

  • Phase 1 (2015-2019)

A five-year start-up plan for a stem cell science and therapies that will establish the critical mass of stem cell researchers and the state-of-the-art infrastructure which are prerequisites to achieving these objectives. Specifically this phase involves:

  • focused research;
  • capacity building in basic, clinical and translational research;
  • education and training;
  • construction of core research facilities and regulatory frame works; and, public information, engagement and advocacy.
  • Phase 2 (2020-2024)

Establish an AKU-Centre for Regenerative Medicine.