Agile Global Health is fortunate to count among our representatives all over the world dozens of dedicated, compassionate professionals whose daily hard work brings ease to our clients’ healthcare experiences.
But our representative in Djibouti City, Djibouti has a special appreciation for just how much Agile’s unique brand of expert, personal care management means to individuals in need. That’s because he’s been our patient himself.
Ismail Sanalasse Said, 49, first met Agile Global Health (then A&K Global Health) in 2015. He was seeking urgent medical intervention for a septic left leg, a complication of his diabetes. Agile facilitated Ismail’s travel to Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, India, where he underwent a lifesaving below-knee amputation.
Today, along with his brother Ayoub, Ismail serves as Agile Global Health’s Djibouti/Ethiopia Afar Region Co-representative.
“My experience with Agile Global Health was tremendous,” Ismail says. “I was very satisfied with the treatment facility and the management support I received from Agile Global Health – consistently fast, truly welcoming, and highly professional. I was surprised to see the great importance with which Agile treats each patient…you get all support you need, from moral to medical. I am still grateful for how Agile Global Health cared for me in my time of need, and I want to share this experience with residents of the Djiboutian and Ethiopia Afar region. I am determined to help others access the same quality services as I received in India on my arrival.”
In addition to creating healthcare opportunities through medical travel, Ismail aims to improve locally-available healthcare in Djibouti, as Agile Global Health has done on a large scale in Kenya through that country’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cardiac surgery program.
“Agile maximizes quality healthcare access within the borders of each country where we work,” explains Morgan Darwin, Agile Global Health CEO. “We believe in healthcare delivery with speed and accuracy, and recognize that facilitation is not enough: our experience-driven, outcome-based management is the only solution that dramatically enhances value to every stakeholder across health ecosystem, from patient to provider to funder alike. Ismail and his family know from their own experience that this model saves lives. I am excited that they have chosen to partner with us to extend the same opportunity for quality healthcare management to the people of their region.”
Agile Global Health’s doors in Djibouti are open! If you or a loved one in Djibouti or Ethiopia are facing a medical concern, you don’t have to do it alone – reach out to us today. As Ismail’s story demonstrates, your Agile Global Health family is ready to support you.
In the photograph above: Ismail Sanalasse Said (right), a former patient who now serves as Agile Global Health’s Regional Manager for Djibouti, Somaliland, and Ethiopia, shakes hands with a client in Agile’s Djibouti office.
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Agile Global Health (operating as A&K Global Health in select countries) is an Agile Health Systems company and a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective and innovative solutions to complex healthcare delivery challenges. We listen to local and national healthcare leaders in every country where we work, and then support their vision to improve their national health system’s accessibility, quality, and clinical outcomes. For patients, we connect you with the right care for your needs, from facilitating quality local and regional treatment to coordinating international medical travel; for healthcare funders and providers, we optimize your organizational impact by introducing transparency, control and customization to the medical, financial and experiential aspects of your clients’ medical journey. Contact us today to learn how we can support you.
The international healthcare manager A&K Global Health today announces it will begin doing business as Agile Global Health, an Agile Health Systems company.
The new name is inspired by the core capability that has earned this young company its worldwide reputation: delivering swift, effective movement and comprehensive management for each patient through the healthcare experience best suited to their needs, whether found in the patient’s home region, home country, or abroad.
This marks a transition from the company’s founding focus on medical travel – namely, moving patients from one national health system into another for treatment, and supervising their seamless transition back into their home health system for follow-up care – and acknowledges the much broader work that Agile Global Health conducts today, as a system manager within the healthcare field operating internationally as well as at the national level in more than a dozen advancing economies.
Retiring the “A&K” inherited from its former sister company, luxury global tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, also signifies the company’s maturation into its own distinctive identity and market space.
“I am very proud of the heritage of our namesake, Abercrombie & Kent. Our big sister has built a global reputation for excellence in tourism, and in our youth, it was great to have her example to help us get started,” said Morgan Darwin, Agile Global Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “But today we are standing on our own. The new opportunities we are advancing in healthcare management make now the time for us to build a unique brand around a name that articulates the impact we strive to have: creating an agile health system that rapidly adapts to the needs of each patient.”
The new opportunities that Mr. Darwin references include four signature service lines: 1) management of logistics, claims and medical care for institutional patients; 2) hospital services, in the form of performance metrics and patient management (local/resident as well as nonresident/international inbound); 3) collaboration with national and local healthcare authorities to address management issues that hinder effective care delivery; and 4) working in support of national and local healthcare objectives to increase accessibility, improve clinical outcomes, and lower costs, in rural and urban settings.
Specific initiatives in each of these areas are already underway. In management of tertiary care abroad, Agile Global Health has exceeded 2,500 cases to date, with more than 500 of these in the first five months of 2017 alone. As the implementer of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cardiac surgery program in Kenya, the company has managed the local performance of nearly 300 open- and closed-heart cardiac interventions over the past eight months. In the next six months, also in East Africa, Agile Global Health will launch both a pilot maternity mortality reduction project as well as a rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening, treatment, and eradication scheme. And it is currently forming its first official partnerships with several high-profile global nonprofits and international organizations, with details to be announced in a series of upcoming press releases.
2017 has started with amazing activity that could surpass 2016, even before the middle of this year,” said Mr. Darwin. “2017 is unfolding as a year of powerful change.”
Agile Global Health attributes its tremendous growth to how it serves clients and patients as much as to whatservices it provides. “Our management goes beyond clinical excellence,” explains Aleksandra Golota, Senior Relations Manager. “We strive not just for the clinical outcomes, but also for the financial and customer experience outcomes, to be right every time for every individual. And we do this through our relationships with healthcare funders and providers, our on-the-ground presence, and our technology.” These focal pillars will continue to undergird the company’s growth as it expands into Agile Global Health.
Mr. Darwin will make the first formal introduction of the company as Agile Global Health on Thursday at the NHIF-sponsored cardiac surgery symposium in Nairobi, which is being covered live on Kenyan national television. Guest of honor Wes Edens, the original founder of A&K Global Health, will also attend this important occasion.
Agile Global Health will detail the cardiac summit in a forthcoming press release. For that story and for all current news and achievements, patient testimonies, and partnership opportunities, visit the Agile Global Health website.
Agile Global Health
Agile Global Health, an Agile Health Systems company, is a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective and innovative solutions to complex healthcare delivery challenges. We listen to local and national healthcare leaders in every country where we work, and then support their vision to improve their national health system’s accessibility, quality, and clinical outcomes. For patients, we connect you with the right care for your needs, from facilitating quality local and regional treatment to coordinating international medical travel; for healthcare funders and providers, we optimize your organizational impact by introducing transparency, control and customization to the medical, financial and experiential aspects of your clients’ medical journey. Contact us today to learn how we can support you.
In the past, we’ve introduced you to some of our hospital partners in India. Today, we’re thrilled to offer you the first in a series of posts presenting our Kenyan hospital partners, who are boldly implementing Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cardiac surgery program – and not just in Nairobi County, but truly nationwide!
Meet Tenwek Hospital, a 300-bed teaching hospital in western Kenya’s Bomet County. The name “Tenwek,” derived from “ten weeks,” refers to the length of journey the founding missionaries undertook to reach the area from Mombasa in 1937, when the hospital was established.
A team from A&K Global Health’s Nairobi office recently traveled to Tenwek – thankfully, now only a few hours by car! – to meet with their cardiac program clinical and support staff. “The main objective for our visit was to strengthen the relationship that exists between us,” said Phylis Wanjiru, Cardiac Program Care Consultant. “We thanked the Tenwek team for their excellent work with the cardiac program thus far, and assured them of our continued support.”
Tenwek has one of the highest procedure volumes among participating hospitals: with over 30 cardiac interventions conducted since the program began, it is the busiest program facility outside Nairobi. Tenwek also boasts a track record of successful high-risk cardiac procedures. Dr. Russ White, Tenwek Hospital’s Chief of Surgery, told our team about one such surgery that lasted for 12 hours. “None of the surgeons attending to this patient thought it was likely she would make it through, but they were absolutely determined to complete this complex procedure despite the odds,” said Eva Gulavi, Public Relations and Communications Officer. “Dr. White categorically stated that the only other hospital he knew to be capable of handling this kind of procedure was in Houston, Texas. It’s a tremendously proud achievement for Tenwek Hospital to have saved this woman’s life by successfully performing this surgery.”
A&K Global Health’s team toured hospital, visiting Tenwek’s operating theatre, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU). Two of our patients who had recently undergone successful cardiac surgeries, including a four-month-old infant, were recovering well in the ICU. Another of our patients, a seven-year-old girl, was admitted in the general ward awaiting surgery; our team spoke to her and encouraged her as she waited.
Despite their distance from Nairobi, the Tenwek staff expressed how much they look forward to attending the upcoming cardiac symposium that A&K Global Health is coordinating for NHIF leadership, Ministry of Health and Kenya Cardiac Society representatives, local cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, and administrators from participating hospitals. “This event will gather all cardiac program stakeholders to address crucial questions and requirements for further developing the program’s capacity,” said Ms. Wanjiru.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual visit to Tenwek Hospital as much as we enjoyed our live one. Stay with us here on the A&K Global Health blog to meet more of our amazing Kenyan hospital partners, who are administering life-saving cardiac procedures every day!
In the photograph above: A&K Global Health cardiac program officers joined Tenwek Hospital staff at their facility in Bomet County, Kenya to collaborate on their cooperation under the NHIF’s cardiac surgery program.
A&K Global Health
A&K Global Health, an Agile Health Systems company, is a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective and innovative solutions to complex health challenges. We connect you with the right care for your needs, from coordinating international medical travel to facilitating quality local and regional treatment. We also optimize the impact of health institutions by introducing transparency, control and customization to the medical, financial and experiential aspects of your journey. A&K Global Health is dedicated to empowering you to reach your highest health. Contact us today to learn how we can support you.
Do you know a mom-to-be who has a heart disease, and is worried about how that will affect her child? Read on to learn about heart disease in pregnancy.
What happens in an expecting mother with heart disease?
The heart is a blood-pumping machine, and blood carries oxygen. In pregnancy, the demand on the heart increases. If the pump is not working well, the baby may not get the oxygen it requires and may not grow well, or may be born prematurely.
The symptoms of pregnancy complications due to heart disease can be similar to general pregnancy side effects – so what are the specific symptoms to look for?
- Feeling very short of breath, especially when lying flat
- Repeated episodes of feeling dizzy
- Chest pain
- Cough with wheezing
- Increased tiredness and inability to do routine work – difficulty walking at usual pace or climbing a flight of stairs
- Sense of increased heart rate, or sensation of pounding heartbeat
- Gradually increasing swelling in hands and feet, which may not reduce with rest
What can be done to avoid heart disease-related complications in pregnancy?
- Immediately visit your physician upon confirmation of pregnancy. Visit every 2-4 weeks until 20 weeks, every 2 weeks until 24 weeks, and weekly thereafter.
- If experiencing any of the above symptoms, see your physician as soon as possible and get a routine examination. If possible, complete tests like an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram (echo) at the physician visit.
- Immediately visit your physician if you experience a sudden change in weight, chest pain, or any shortness of breath.
- Ask your doctor about getting an influenza vaccination.
- Follow a healthy diet: avoid smoking and excessive weight gain.
- Avoid excessive physical activity. Talk to your doctor about the activities you should and should not do.
While it is not entirely possible to prevent heart defects in babies, it is possible to have a healthy pregnancy by seeking care at the right time and following the lifestyle guidelines described above.
Have questions? Have a disease, treatment, or medical topic you’d like to learn about? Comment on this post to let us know.
All over the globe, A&K Global Health excels in matching people who need healthcare with the right organizations to fund it and the right doctors and hospitals to provide it. A recent international surgical mission at Mater Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya delivered a powerful example of our life-saving coordination and management in action.
For two weeks last November, a team of cardiac surgeons from Kardiocentrum University Hospital in Motol, Czech Republic and Kramala Hospital in Bratislava, Slovakia, embedded with Mater’s resident surgical and support staff. In conjunction with the National Hospital Insurance Fund’s (NHIF) cardiac surgery program, the mission aimed to address the most urgent pediatric cardiac cases on the hospital’s waiting list. It conducted 13 complex surgeries in just 13 days, including one Rastelli procedure – the first to be performed at Mater Hospital. All 13 surgeries were successful, and all 13 children have since returned home to their families from the hospital.
One of these children’s remarkable stories was featured in Kenya’s The Standard shortly after the mission concluded. “Godious Kiptoo Chumba is a two-year-old patient who has benefitted from the NHIF cardiac program…at Mater Hospital,” read the testimonial. “His father…could not hide his joy and relief after his son was successfully operated on. ‘We are very happy that our son’s surgery was successful. It was a very long process before we got to where we are but we are indeed very grateful. What wonderful work NHIF has done to reach out to Kenyans!’”
Because 10 of the 13 children who received surgeries were sponsored by the NHIF and managed by A&K Global Health, Mater Hospital and the visiting surgeons organized an event at the mission’s end to acknowledge and appreciate everyone’s role. It was an emotional evening for the local and foreign doctors alike: in their presentation to our CEO, Morgan Darwin, the surgeons stressed that these patients would have died without A&K Global Health’s involvement. Several medical professionals were moved to tears as they expressed their gratitude.
“There are so many beautiful stories to be told about this mission,” said Mr. Darwin. “There are the 13 children who now have the chance to live long and healthy lives. There’s also the dedication, determination, and professionalism of the Kenyan and foreign surgeons – their courage, cooperation, and teamwork, across different countries and cultures, directly enabled these life-saving procedures to be successful. It was our great privilege, as the implementer and manager of the NHIF cardiac program, to witness this surgical mission’s impact at Mater.”
A&K Global Health has more collaborative surgical initiatives on the horizon. At Mater as at every hospital involved in the NHIF’s cardiac surgery program, we are using our experience and expert knowledge to put together surgical alliances that benefit every participant, from patients and families to Kenyan as well as international surgeons and medical professionals. And we’ll continue to showcase here on the A&K Global Health blog the incredible positive returns that occur when we bring people together, united toward the common goal of expanding healthcare.
In the photograph above: Mater Hospital’s cardiac surgeons and a member of the Czech/Slovak medical delegation together begin a procedure on a patient.
In the photograph below: At the end of the mission, Mater Hospital and the visiting surgeons organized an event at which A&K Global Health was recognized for our implementation and management of the NHIF’s cardiac surgery program.
A&K Global Health
A&K Global Health is a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective and innovative solutions to complex health challenges. We connect you with the right care for your needs, from coordinating international medical travel to facilitating quality local and regional treatment. We also optimize the impact of health institutions by introducing transparency, control and customization to the medical, financial and experiential aspects of your journey. A&K Global Health is dedicated to empowering you to reach your highest health. Contact us today to learn how we can support you.