On 6th May 2016, The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) entered into another partnership agreement with ACACIA mining company through its Maendeleo Fund to continue collaborating and supporting the implementation of the Mkapa Fellows program phase II in Msalala District Council from 01st April 2016 to 30th March 2018. This partnership agreement which has an estimate cost of USD 200,000 will be covering 2 health facilities, namely Bugarama Health Centre and Kakola dispensary, the latter serving large population and is a satellite facility feeding Bugarama Health Centre. The interventions in these targeted facilities will directly benefit a population of 321,852 that are either residing around the Bulyanhulu mining site or directly interact with migrants from these mining sites
Sitting: From left, Mr. Graham Screw, General Manager Bulyanhulu Mining and Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF signing the partnership extension aggreement in Kahama.
This signing of extension agreement took place at Gabriela Hotel in Kahama Region and was witnessed by District Commisioner of Msalala, Hon Vita R Kawawa ,District Executive Director (DED) of Msalala, Mr. Patrick Kawangwa,District Medical Officer (DMO) of Msalala Dr. Hamadi Nyembea and other council Managements Members. Also attended by representative from BMF and ACACIA.
Addressing the attended guest the Hon. Vita R. Kawawa, Msalala District Commissioner expressed his gratitued to ACACIA specifically the Manager of Bulyankhulu for cooperative support in improving of the 2 health facilities.. Also he congratuated BMF for their unique efforts of improving health services and saving the lives of many. Nevertherless DC gave a testimony on some of the results he has witnessed on the Mkapa Foundation efforts of improving human resources for health situation and service delivery.
Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro handing over the signed agreement to Mr. Patrick Kawangwa, DED of Msalala, standing beside them is Mr. Graham Screw, General Manager of Bulyanhulu Mining and Hon. Vita R Kawawa, DC of Msalala.
“The Foundation has constructed 10 houses at different remote located facilities through the other programme with the Government of Tanzania financed by the Global Fund. Before the construction of these houses, health workers were not staying at their working place because they had no staff house but since the Foundation constructed houses, health workers are retained at their working place and this is one of the achievement i noted in the constituency i represent in Namtumbo, Ruvuma region” said Hon.Vita R Kawawa,
Speaking on behalf on ACACIA mining company, The General Manager of Bulyankhulu ,ACACIA mining Mr.Graham Screw thanked the BMF’s efforts and recognize its contribution to the people of Msalala through a number of health service delivery interventions that are taking place at Shinyanga region and specific for Msalala district.
Shinyanga is one of the region that has high HIV prevalence of 7.4% from 2007-2012 whereby Msalala District is the leading affected area due to Mining activities and high movement of people especially small scalle miners.Being one of the Mining company, ACACIA through its Maendeleo Fund is committed to support health serve delivery to the Msalala community by constructing health facilities of Bugarama and Kakola located at Msalala District.
Mr. Partick Kawangwa, DED of Msalala DC (Left) and Dr. Leodgard Benedict, Program Officer – Service Delivery from BMF signing the agreement as witness of the respective Institutions
Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF said that the Foundation is pleased to continue the partnership they began with ACACIA since year 2012 whereas the support benefitted Biharamulo district in Kagera region and Msalala district of shinyanga region. The initial ACACIA support enabled constrution of theatres and equipping the same as well as recruting health workers to work in the rural health facilities. She further added, ‘This partnership of Public- Private is a model to be adopted in many places within the country, as it further entails involvement of local Non-State actor such as BMF, thus contributing to more efficiency and effectiveness in improving health and well being of Tanznaians”
Furthermore, Dr.Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro mentioned the interventions that will take place at Bugarama and Kakola are recruiting 8 staffs,and various initiatives on capacity and skills development to health workers and the management team such as conducting Clinical Mentorships and Training on HIV/AIDS clinical care,Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission, and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care. The programme will also build capacity and facilitate supportive supervision to the health facilities by the Council Management team, and train on planning and budgeting for the aim of improving their Comprehensive Council Health Plans (CCHP). Furthermore the initiative will be conducting Community Outreach services to enhance information and education on maternal health matters as well as HIV and AIDS and provide health services in remote villages.
She thanked the ACACIA mining company for their continuous support and will work closely with Government of Tanzania to make sure there is reduction of maternal and child death and improve the lives of many residing in the hard to reach settings.
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