THE SETTLOR MEETS BMF TEAM IN DAR ES SALAAM.

The Mkapa Foundation Board of Trustees, Management team and staff welcomed the Settlor of the Foundation H.E Benjamin William Mkapa on 22nd day of July 2015 to the 8th Annual consultative meeting/

The half-day meeting took place at White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam. It began with an internal meeting that comprised of the Settlor, Board of Trustees and the Extended Management Team members. During the meeting, the CEO of BMF, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro presented the Institution’s achievements that were notable during financial year 2014/2015, and challenges, which are opportunities for development. The presentation, recognized the continued technical and financial support rendered by different partners that contributed to attain the goals defined in the national frameworks and BMF’s 5 years Strategic Plan.

It was underscored that the immense effort made during the reporting year was focused on scaling up existing projects that BMF have signed agreement with donors, creating new initiatives and business opportunities, as well as enhancing the Foundation’s sustainability plans and improving efficiency in its operational structure and systems.

Subsequent to the meeting, the Settlor joined the entire BMF staff for a get together lunch which was also linked with recognition ceremony for best staff performers and long term service awards. On this day the Settlor presented awards to the best employee of the year who is Ms. Hyasinta Stephen – the Office Management Assistant, and a Leadership award availed to Mr. Peter Mbago – Program Manager Health Workforce. Furthermore, the long-term service award went to Dr. Adeline Saguti Nyamwihura for working with the Foundation for 10 years.

In his greetings to the Staff, the Settlor congratulated the Board, Management and Staff for their dedicated hard work, which has contributed to the growth and increased credibility of the Foundation. He is pleased to be receiving positive feedbacks and compliments from government official and political leaders about the decent work BMAF is undertaking in the rural areas. He encouraged the BMAF team to sustain the integrity, commitment and valuable work they are rendering to fellow Tanzanians.

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Embracing Partnership: BMF Hosts The 2nd Annual Meeting With Partners And Donors

On 17th June 2015, the Management of Mkapa Foundation held its 2nd annual meeting with partners and donors. The meeting brings together existing and new partners of BMF that include representative from the Government, Development Partners, Corporates and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The aim of the meeting was to exchange and share BMF annual performance and to highlight BMF upcoming plans and directions that it envisages to embrace and implement in the coming years.

During the half a day meeting which was held in Dar es Salaam, major issues were discussed in relation to annual performance of the organization in BMF p in-terms of programmatic areas, financial and institutional in general. Other fundamental matters discussed are related to the growth and sustainability of the Institution as the Management shared with Partners its five years Business Development Strategy and Plan covering the period 2013- 2018.

During the meeting, it was noted that it is timely for BMF as a non-profit making institution to anchor into self-sustainable strategies taking into account most of its programme and existence is inclined to donors and corporate funding support. Moreover as Tanzania is moving towards becoming a middle income country, there is anticipated donor aid shift, thus the need for the Government and Non- State organisations like BMF, to become more creative and strategic towards being financially stable in delivering social services programmes. BMF has embarked into implementing its Business development strategy by capitalizing on grants from donors, leveraging corporates donations through fundraising avenues, embarking into Investment opportunities, provision of Consultancy services and obtaining Government in-kind support.

The CEO of BMF Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro mentioned that the costed BMF Strategic Plan of 5 years is at Tanzanian Shillings 136 billion, equivalent to US $ 75 million and until January 2015, 42 percent of the funds have been secured and efforts are ongoing to leverage other resources to cover the 58 percent gap for the remaining three and half years. She further indicated that the Investment strategy of BMF is to be overseen by a Special Purpose Vehicle that will be an independent Business Company entity that will ensure in long term its profit supports the BMF programmes and running costs.

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“Partners and donors attentively following the presentations during BMF 2nd Annual Partners Meeting”

Other sustainability aspects discussed in the meeting are the establishment of BMF Endowment Fund of US $ 1million by 2018 whereas the Foundation has taken off with its Trust funds allocation of Tshs. 65 million ( equivalent to US$ 36,111).

In the spirit of enhancing harmonization and effectiveness of aid and at the same time having multi-year funding to its Strategic Plan, BMF is to adopt the basket funding modality as from 1st July 2016. The basket funding concept was well received by most partners whereas constructive comments provided were related to the need of having a clear result framework of the Strategic Plan and a well-designed programmatic thrust which will be monitored with all partners to enhance transparency and accountability. The 1 year road map for this transition was shared with all partners and the CEO requested for their support in realizing the intended objectives.

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“BMF’s Director of Programs Ms Rahel Sheiza exchanging words with Ms. Karen Zamboni from Irish Aid at the BMF 2nd Annual Partners meeting”

As they ended the meeting, the CEO of BMAF extended sincere gratitude to all existing and anticipated partners and donors of the Foundation and pledged for their continued support towards realization of BMF’s goals.

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Anglo Gold Ashanti Donates Tshs. 100 Million To Mkapa Foundation

The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) received a donation of Tshs 100 million from Anglo Gold Ashanti (Geita Gold Mining – GGM) during a ceremony to launch the 2015 Kilimanjaro Challenge held on 22nd May 2015 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The funds were disbursed as part of GGM support in the fight against HIV/AIDS to many agencies such as BMF, Huruma Orphanage and others. Gracing the event was the Former President of United Republic of Tanzania who is a Champions of AIDS free generation, His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa.

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The CEO of BMF Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro receives a check of Tshs 100 Million from the Former President of Tanzania H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa and Anglo Gold Ashanti (GGM) Managing Director Mr. Terry Mulpeter and right is Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Vice President Sustainability Mr. Simon Shayo.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge is an initiative implemented by GGM in collaboration with TACAIDS with the aim of raising awareness on HIV and AIDS pandemic, provide financial support to HIV and AIDS initiative and build national spirit in this noble fight. Kilimanjaro Challenge remains a multinational collaborative partnership involving local and foreign companies and individuals from across the country and globally for this very noble cause of saving lives from HIV/AIDS, and giving the people of Tanzania hope of an HIV and AIDS free future. The initiative aligns the challenge with existing government HIV/AIDS initiatives and programmes, while giving local climbers opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

The fund donated by GGM will be allocated to support BMF,s second five year Strategic Plan ( 2013- 2018) that aims to continue designing and implementing innovative programs focused on addressing HIV and AIDS, Maternal Newborn health and Human Resources for Health. Whilst it strengthens health service delivery, particularly in rural and remote areas of Tanzania, it also intends to build a Sustainable Business Model of BMAF and instituting effective Operational Systems and Technical Leadership Capacity.

GGM has been supporting BMF initiatives since year 2013 and until May 2015, it has contributed about Tshs 130 million to the many other donations received by the Foundation from variety of Corporates, Parastatals and Business companies. All the donations made to the Foundation in the past, including from GGM, have attributed to recruitment of more than 60 health professionals (medical doctors inclusive) to work in rural areas, training on HIV and AIDS and Maternal health and equipping and constructing nine theatres in rural health facilities.

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31 Tutors Trained By Mkapa Foundation To Reinforce Production Of Health Workers In Tanzania

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) in 11th – 22nd May 2015 conducted training to 31 tutors from various health institutions in Morogoro. The training which is financially supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Round 9 is part of BMF’s program of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) which targets to close the gap of skilled health workers availability.

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 Tutors listening attentively at the facilitator (not in the picture) during the training session in Morogoro

The training aimed at building capacity and equipping tutors who are mainly health professional, with better teaching skills that will facilitate increased number of health graduates who will therafter proceed in providing better health services to the Tanzanians. BMF recruit the said tutors who most of them are newly graduated health professionals and they are placed under contract, whilst being deployed to work in health training institutions. In addition tutors were provided with teaching equipment such as laptops to assist them to perform their work efficiently.

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One of the tutors who participated in the training hosted by BMF receiving his certificate from the GOH Mr. Julius Pessi, the deputy head of Morogoro Nursing School

This is the fourth phase of the training carried by the Foundation, which involved 31 tutors. Following the trainings given to the tutors they are being deployed to work in  health trainings institutions providing allied health courses such as clinical officers and clinical assistants. Such training institutions include Bagamoyo NTS, Kilosa COTC, Kigoma COTC, Maswa CATC, Musoma CATC, Mkomaindo, Nachingwea NTS, Newala NTS, Mafinga COTC and Sumbawanga CATC.

The hired tutors who are varied health professional cadres include 14 medical officer and 17 Nurses.

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A group photo of tutors, facilitators together with BMF staffs after completion of the training

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Providing Sponsorship As A Deliberate Step To Curb The Shortage Of Health Workers In Tanzania.

In its on-going efforts to ensure reliable and accessible health services to Tanzanians living in remote areas, Benjamin William Mkapa  Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania sustained its devotion to turn down the perennial shortage of health workers, especially in rural underserved areas of the country.  Among the measures schemed in efforts to push away the stretching shortage of health professionals in rural areas, education sponsorship schemes for the health related trainings was introduced under the initiative named ‘Health System Strengthening (HSS) Project’  which is funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)– Round 9

Since this program started in year 2012, a total of 995 students have been granted scholarship. Out of these 888 students were sponsored in November 2014 to join 93 health training institutions and the remaining 107 were sponsored in year 2012 in 17 training institutions. The initiative sponsored students studying on Allied health and Nursing studies, both certificate and diploma courses. The first round students were sponsored on certificate and diploma courses for clinical Medicine, laboratory, Nursing and pharmaceutical trainings, as well as in the second round which benefited 888 students. The selection process of the students has been well coordinated with the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with the collaborative role from BMF and the Local Government Authorities.

One of the beneficiaries, Eric Godfrey Mwaipungu 27 who was among the 107 students sponsored during the first phase, is now pursuing his diploma in Nursing at Tanga School of Nursing. After studies, he is expected to work with Ulanga district of Morogoro region. Eric say that the program brought back his hopes of a better living standards after suffering a misfortune  of missing a chance to join a public University, despite promising secondary education pass marks.

In his response to BMF officials who sought to know how the nursing students perceived the program at the training institutions recently, Eric said he was impressed by the program, saying it realised his dream of becoming a professional health expert. He also stressed that that more awareness and advocacy campaigns are highly needed among the youth in rural areas, to sensitise them to opt for health related courses and work in rural areas.

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