THE IMARA HORIZON COMPANY KICKS OFF

Today 28th June 2016 the first board of directors meeting was held of the Imara Horizon Company Limited, whereby Mr. Dudley Mawalla was selected to be the Chairperson of the Board.

mawallaMr. Dudley Mawalla, Chairman of Board of Directors for Imara Horizon Company Limited during the first meeting of the board of directors.

The Imara Horizon Company (IHC), which is a subsidiary business company of the Mkapa Foundation, was incorporated on 6th January 2016. It aims to facilitate and oversee investment and business options that will secure finances for sustaining and scaling up the Mkapa Foundation programmes.

“As an investment arm of the Mkapa Foundation, this Company is earmarked to explore joint and non-joint venture profit making investments with local and international entities with the aim to support the Mkapa Foundation noble course”, said the Chairperson of the Board, Mr. Dudley Mawalla.

The newly conceived Company is being governed with reputable and multiskilled Board of Directors namely, Mr. Dudley Mawalla, Mr. Jaffer Machano, Eng. Ladislaus Salema, Mrs. Blandina Nyoni and Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro.

Likewise the Kilindu Giattas and Partners have today been officially approved by the Board to be the Company Secretary of the IHC.

imaraImara Horizon Company Limited Board of Director having a discussion after the first board meeting which was held on 28th June 2016 at BMF headquarters in Kawe, Dar es Salaam.

“We at the Mkapa Foundation feel delighted to operationalize our Key Result Area number 4 of the Strategic Plan ( 2013- 2018)- Building a sustainable business model.

The Foundation will continue nurturing the company as an interim secretariat, before it has a fully fledged Management team”, says the CEO of the Mkapa Foundation, who is also the Board of Directors of the IHC, Dr. Ellen Senkoro

groupA group photo of Imara Horizon Board of Directors, from left: Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, George Kilindu (Company Secretary), Eng. Ladislaus Salema, Mr. Dudley Mawalla (Chairman of the Board). Ms Blandina Nyoni and Jaffer Machano

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AGGRESSIVENESS TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERSERVED REGIONS

The shortage of health workers in Tanzania has proven to be a critical obstacle to the provision of better health services in the underserved regions and country wide in general. As per the current statistics the critical of shortage of health workers is at 52% for all the health facilities in Tanzania. This situation is contributed by various factors inhabitant living environment which is caused by scarcity of resource i.e water, communication, housing, poor health infrastructure etc.

MpokiDr. Mpoki M. Ulisubisya Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health to cuts the tape to officiating the handing over of 20 staff houses constructed by BMF holding the tape left is Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF

In addressing the challenges of critical shortage of health workers in Tanzania, the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children have handed over 20 newly constructed staff houses on 21st June 2016. This handing over ceremony which took place at Mungere dispensary in Monduli District was graced by Dr. Mpoki M. Ulisubisya, Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and attended by representative from Arusha regional authority, Local Government Authority, BMF and villagers.

Addressing the invited guest, Dr. Mpoki said that the Government is making efforts in tackling the challenges of shortage of health workers in Tanzania. In responding to this challenge the Government has developed strategic plans such as National Health Sector Strategic Plan IV, Development Plan for Primary Health Care and National Human Resource for Health Strategic Plan. All this strategic plans aim at attracting and retaining skilled and qualified health workers to all health facilities in the country. Also in collaboration with BMF we are continuing to ensure the national goal of producing the required number of skilled and qualified health workers is achieved.

MonduliA front view of one of the houses that were handing over at a ceremony held on 21st June 2016 in Mungere Dispensary, Monduli Districts.

He continues that in collaboration with BMF, the Government has improved various health policies and guidelines together with capacity building and training of health workers and managers to enable them provide better health services mainly on HIV/AIDs, maternal health and human resource for health.

Dr. Mpoki said that “This 20 newly constructed staff houses, have been constructed through health system strengthening project which is funded by Global Fund to fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This houses which 10 are in Monduli district and 10 in Ngorongoro district have costed Tshs 1,078,525,240 equivalent to Tshs 53,929,262 per house”.

I urge that LGAs, to ensure the houses are proper utilized, well maintained, and to ensure availability of medicine, working tools, and equipment to the health facilities that have benefited today.

MaasaiMaasai women present at award to Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO-BMF as a token of appreciation for the constructed staff houses

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, Chief Executive Officer notified the invited guest that these 20 houses are part of the total 480 houses which have been constructed country wide through health system strengthening project. Apart from constructing these house, BMF has provided scholarship to 35 Students studying allied science course in Arusha, we have recruited and hired 19 health workers who are providing services in government hospitals and health facilities.

She continues that 10 houses have been handed over to Moitabwawani, Lolkisale, Mfereji, Mungere and Engaruka health facilities located Monduli district. The other 10 to Engarresero, Oldonyosambu, Piyaya, Kakesio and Nainokanoka health facilities in Ngorongoro district.

Maasai VillagersThe Maasai villagers dancing the traditional songs in joy during the staff house handing over ceremony held on 21st June 2016 in Mengere Dispensary, Monduli District

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PRESS RELEASE

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PRESS RELEASE

BRINGING COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS TO THE MOST

ISOLATED AND UNDESERVED AREAS OF TANZANIA

BMF HQ, Kawe, Mwai Kibaki Road, 01st June 2016 – The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) to implement a 3-year project which aims to support Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children – (MoHCDGEC) to roll out formal community health worker cadres.

Funded by Comic Relief, the project aims to support the Ministry in the development of policies to implement community based health programmes as well as to build capacity of zonal, regional and district levels on effective training, recruitment and retention of Community Health workers.

Mr. Godwin Kabalika, Country Manager of THET’s office in Tanzania said: ‘The country is facing some serious challenges to the health of its population, including significant shortage of skilled health workers which stands at 52 %. We believe that bringing new human resources to the most isolated and undeserved areas will help us tackle a number of health issues which are highly prevalent in the targeted areas, such as maternal mortality and HIV.’

The Mkapa Foundation which is the implementing partner of the project will be working closely with the MOHCDGEC, as well as other institutions working in the Lake Zone, such as the President’s Office Regional Authority and Local Government, Zonal Health Resource Centre, Regional Health Management Teams and Council Health Management Teams, to ensure that the intended objectives of the program are achieved at the highest level.

The project targets ten Health Training Institutions, four Teaching Hospitals and one Zonal Resource Centre all located in much underserved regions: Mwanza, Geita, Simiyu, Mara, Kagera, Kigoma and Shinyanga.

Dr. Ellen Senkoro, CEO of the Mkapa Foundation, said: ‘It is an ambitious programme. In three years, we expect to observe the targeted institutions delivering competent trainings to Community Health Workers (CHWs), hence enable them to provide health services relevant to their community. With the support of the Ministry as well as the regional and council level, we anticipate an increased utilization of community health service in the Lake Zone.’

The Community Health Workers project, funded by the UK based charity Comic Relief, will be running until March 2018.

THET and the MKAPA Foundation called upon all the actors who are involved in the health sector, and particularly in the area of human resources to join hands with the government, increase coordination especially those embarking on similar projects, and most importantly for the Local Government Authorities to set aside budget for community based health activities including salaries for the community health workers in order to make the programme sustainable.

Contacts:

Godwin Kabalika

Country Manager,

THET Tanzania

Plot 557, Mwai Kibaki Road, Kawe

Dar-es-Salaam

Tel office: +255 713 983858

Email: godwin.kabalika@thet.org

 

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

Chief Executive Officer

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF)

Plot 557, Mwai Kibaki Road, Kawe

Dar-es-Salaam

Email: emsenkoro@mkapafoundation.org



 

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