REINFORCEMENT OF MATERNAL & NEWBORN SURVIVAL IN SHINYANGA

As the nation was commemorating the 17th anniversary since the passing away of the Father of Nation and First President of the United Republic of Tanzania, The Late Mwalimu Julius KambarageNyerere on 14th October, another history was marked in health sector when the Obstretric Theater in Binambiyu health center became functional it registered savingthe lives of  two pregnant mothers during the first few days of its operations.

ShaniDr. Josephat Shani, Facility incharge of Binambiyu Health Center together with a team of medical practitioners performing the first emergency surgery service to a pregnant mother on 14th October 2016 in Binambiyu Health Center.

Binambiyu health center is located in Kishapu district, Shinyangaregion. Earlier the health center hadf been providing services to pregnant mothers without the presence of a theater. The center did not have the capacity to provide emergency surgery services known as comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC) to pregnant mothers, due to the unavailability of an operating obstetric theatre.The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) through its signature program of the Mkapa Fellows Phase II (MFP II) which focuses on tackling HIV and AIDS and maternal health challenges in underserved Tanzanian communities, handed over this obstetric theater along with medical equipment in December 2015. The theater was constructed through the program financially supported  by Irish AID and many corporates to mention a few Bank M, Anglo Gold Ashanti, NSSF, PPF, Quality Group Limited, NBC, CRDB and Bank of Tanzania.

The Foundation is grateful by the effort of the Kishapu team, Shinyanga regional office and the Ministry of Health, for successfully making the theater functional, hence saving lives of pregnant women in the region.

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BMF DONATES A STANDBY GENERATOR TO KAWE DISPENSARY

There is a wise saying “charity begin at home”, the statement has been utilized by the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation as they donated a brand new standby generator to Kawe dispensary in a ceremony which was held on 11th October 2016 at Kawe dispensary premises in Kinondoni municipal in Dar es Salaam. The generator was handed over as part of Foundation’s commitments to support provision of better health services in Kawe community of which BMF headquarter office is located.

Mutta LwakatareKinondoni Ward Councilor, Hon. Mutta Lwakatare cutting a ribbon to officiate the handing over of a standby generator, on his right is Dr. Adeline Saguti – Program Manager Health Service Delivery at BMF.

This small event was graced by Kinondoni ward Councilor Hon. Mutta Lwakatare was the guest of honor, whom was accompanied by various representatives from Kinondoni Municipal Council, Kawe Street and Mkapa Foundation. Speaking at the event Hon. Mutta Lwakatare thanked BMF for fulfilling their commitment to support the Kawe community by improving provision of health services. He continues that power problems is common especially in developing countries hence having a standby alternative source of power supply is very crucial especially within the health facilities.

Dr.SagutiDr. Adeline Saguti, Program Manager Health Service Delivery BMF, giving remarks at the handing over ceremony of a standby generator held on 11th November 2016

He further urged the management of Kawe dispensary and Kinondoni Municipal Council for proper utilization for the generator and also to allocate budget for maintenance including regular servicing it, so as to serve the intended purposes for a sustainable long period of time.

Giving remarks about Kawe dispensary, Dr. Jacquiline Kessy, acting Facility Incharge said that, the dispensary is a government health facility under Kinondoni Municipal Council which serves a population of 94,535 (according to 2012 census) with having 16 staffs  providing the following services outpatient department (OPD), reproductive child health (RCH), volunteering council and testing (VCT), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Care and Treatment Clinic (CTC), Tuberculosis, delivery, Laboratory and Family planning.

“The generator has arrived at the right time as we are planning to expand the provision of the services including construction of a maternity ward building. Also it will support to improve the efficiency of 24 labour delivery services that is provided at the dispensary” said Dr. Jacquiline.

kawe group photoHon. Mutta Lwakatare, Kinondoni Ward Councilor (center) together with Dr. Adeline Saguti, Program Manager Health Service Deliver BMF (right), Dr. Jacquiline Kessy, acting facility incharge Kawe dispensary (far left), Ms Hilda Rwebangira, Chairman of the Board of Kawe dispensary (2nd left) and other representatives from Kawe Mzimuni street.

Speaking on behalf of BMF, Dr. Adeline Saguti – Program Manager Health Service Delivery said that, this generator has been donated as part of the commitment made between the Foundation and Kawe Mzimuni street for supporting the Kawe community with an ambulance and standby generator. Today we are delighted to hand over a standby generator with a capacity of 25 KVA, worth USD 11,800 (equivalent to Tshs 26,998,400) which has been supplied by Gucbir Generators Limited.

“It is our hope that the generator will support in provision of service mainly emergency services such as pregnant deliveries and other health related services” clarified Dr. Adeline Saguti.

 

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BMF LAUNCHES TB/HIV COMBINATION PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IN RUKWA

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Founadation (BMF) has launched a combination prevention campaign on 1st October 2016 in Rukwa region. The campaign is carried out under TB/HIV Project which is a 3 year project developed by the Government of Tanzania under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children through the Third Health Sector HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan and National Multi Sector Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS.

Happiness willbroadMr. Tixon Nzunda, Regional Administrative Secretary – Rukwa (sitting center), Dr. Happiness Willbroad, Program Manager  Community Health & Social Welfare – BMF (2nd from left) and representatives from regional office and BMF at the launching of combination prevention campaign in Rukwa region.

This half day event took place at Mandela market ground was graced by Mr. Tixon Nzunda, the Regional Administrative Secretary of Rukwa region and attended by hundreds of community members. Speaking during the ceremony, Mr. Tixon Nzunda said that, the campaign has come at the right time as the prevalence rate of HIV within the region has increased up to to 6.2 while at the national level is 5.1. It is about time that people should be aware of their status hence take measures to prevent new infections especially prevention of mother to child transmission. He continues that the Government has more than 1000 HIV testing facilities country wide and approximately 800 facilities for serving ARVs for qualified clients.

Tixon NzundaMr. Tixon Nzunda cutting a ribbon to officiate the launching of combination prevention campaign in a ceremony which took place at Mandela market in Rukwa region

“I take this opportunity to insists that many of you volunteer to check your health status, as this will enable you to prevent yourself from new infections, if found positive you will be able to register for ARV services and lastly you will be able to protect your partner” urged Mr. Tixon Nzunda.

Tradition danceTradition dance group performing in front of the guest of honor and the local community at the launching of combination prevention campaign which took place in Rukwa region.

Giving remarks on behalf of BMF, Dr. Happiness Willbroad, Program Manager Community & Social Welfare said that, the project is implemented through an organization known as Save the Children and funded by Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She continues that among many other objectives of the project is to ensure community members in the selected region are tested and those found positive are registered for ARV services.

“Among many objectives of this project is to test not less than 400 people in every ward of Sumbawanga Municipal and Sumbawanga Municipal Council and those found positive are registered for ARV service. Up to date we have already tested more than 2000 people from 3 wards of Sumbwanga Municipal Council” said Dr. Happiness.

The event was filled with exciting entertainment including traditional dance performances and was attended by many local community members. Many joyfully participated in volunteering council and testing activity.

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LET’S JOIN HANDS AGAINST BREAST CANCER

 

Breast Cancer

Dear Friends & Partners,

As we enter the month of October, we give our thoughts to all our mothers, sisters, children, friends, partners and relatives who are suffering/survivors of breast cancer. This month is dedicated to spreading awareness for this second leading cause of cancer related deaths for women today worldwide after cervical cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization including Tanzania. It is estimated about 1.3 million globally women are diagnosed with cancer annually.

According to Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation annual report 2013/14, “In Tanzania it is estimated that 3000 women with breast cancer register as patients in hospitals annually and only 12% of them report at Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Dar es Salaam for treatment. The reasons identified for this low rate turnover include lack of awareness about the diseases late diagnosis, high cost of treatment, social and moral stigma.”

We call upon our partners and friends to join hands in supporting the initiatives made by the government and its partners in ensuring better health services for cancer patients. Furthermore we urge their support to all individuals and institutions which are dedicating their efforts in spreading the awareness about breast cancer.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro.

Chief Executive Officer

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