Aga Khan University Hospital was Thursday granted the Joint Commission International accreditation.

The approval is the highest international hospital accreditation, making it the first hospital in East Africa and one of six in Africa to achieve the global standard.

“It is a proud moment for Aga Khan University Hospital’s staff and all physicians who practise at AKUH, and a significant achievement in the region where patients no longer have to travel abroad to receive world-class care,” the hospital said in a statement.