THE SETTLOR ATTENDS THE 9TH ANNUAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING IN DAR

The Settlor of The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the former President of URT attends the 9th annual consultative meeting between BMF board of Trustees, Management Team and staffs which was held on 6th December 2016 in Dar es Salaam.

BenThe Settlor of BMF, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Vice Chairperson of BMF Board of Trustees, Dr. Adeline Kimambo and CEO of BMF, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro arriving the 9th annual consultative meeting held on 6th Dec in DSM.

The half day event took place at white sands hotel in Dar es Salaam, started with an internal meeting to reflect to the Foundation’s achievements attained over the financial year 2015/16, the challenges and opportunities that arises in the course of program implementation. 

Addressing the meeting, the CEO of BMF, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro presented the Foundations progress updates until June 2016 in relation to Programmes, Financial and Institutional developments. The presentation reflected the major BMF achievements within each Key Result Areas (KRAs), encountered challenges that were noted as Opportunities for Development and the Way forward

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Vice Chairperson of BMF’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Adeline Kimambo speaking at the 9th annual consultative meeting held on 6th Dec 2016 in Dar.

Moreover the internal meeting was used as a platform for launching the Imara Horizon Company limited board of Directors. The Imara Horizon Company Limited (IHCL) is a subsidiary company established as a special purpose vehicle of the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) with the aim of facilitating and overseeing investment and business options that will secure finances for sustaining and scaling up the BMF’s programmes. IHCL board of directors includes Mr. Dudley Mawalla as Chairman, Mr. Jaffer Machano, Eng. Ladislaus Salema, Mrs. Blandina Nyoni, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro and the Kilindu Giattas & Partners as company secretary.

dudleyThe Settlor, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa hands handover IHCL documents to Mr. Dudley Mawalla Chairperson of IHCL board of directors to officiate the launching of the company board of directors.

Speaking on behalf of the IHCL, Mr. Dudley Mawalla, chairman of the board of directors, thanked the Settlor for believing in them to lead such a vessel and promised full dedication of their effort, commitment and time towards the success of the company.

Preceding the internal meeting the Settlor joined all BMF’s staff for a get together lunch and which also aligned with awarding of the best employee, leadership and long term service awards.

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The Settlor awarding the winner of employee of the year 2015/16 Mr. Geofrey Nyaluke, Program Manager Health Infrastructure

The 2015/16 best employee award went to Mr. Geofrey Nyaluke – Program Manager Health Infrastructure, Leadership award was presented to Ms. Rahel Sheiza – Director of Programs and the long term service award was honored to Dr. Ellen MKondya-Senkoro for leading the Foundation for a period of 10 years.

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The Settlor awarding the winner of leadership award 2015/16 Ms. Rahel Sheiza, Director of Programs

Greeting the BMF staffs and invited guests the Settlor congratulated the team for their dedication towards achieving the Foundation’s objectives. He urged the team to continue with the same spirit of hard work to enable the Foundation

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10 VILAGES BENEFITED BY BMF’S COMMUNITY INTERVERNTION ACTIVITY

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) carried out community intervention activity in 10 villages in Mkapa Fellows Program Phase II (MFP II) supported sites in Shinyanga, Kagera and Simiyu regions. This community intervention activity aimed to increase community awareness on services available at the health facility, community knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment. Furthermore health services such as HIV counseling and testing, CTC refilling services, CTC client defaulter tracing, RCH services including PMTCT were provided. The aim is to  improve service utilization and improve HIV/AIDS care and treatment services, reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, stigma and discrimination among People Living with HIV  and AIDS.

leoService providers attentively examining the client’s leg during the climax of the community intervention which was held in Ilogi village, Msalala DC on 1st December 2016

Speaking at the climax of the activity on 1st of December 2016 in Ilogi Village, which also went along with commemoration of the Worlds AIDs day, Dr. HamadiNyembo,District Medical Officer of Msalala DC said that, the people of Ilogi and surrounding villages travels long distance for medical services, it is great opportunity that the intervention has come to them.

He urged the community members to encourage each other to show up to receive the various health services check up that was provided in the intervention. He further emphasized the importance taking health precautions and having a good health.

Speaking on behalf of ACACIA Mining who have been supporting BMF’s intervention within the region, Sara Teri, Section Leader Community Relations said that, the mining company is bringing people from all partsof Tanzania and from abroad,  hence it is crucial for everyone to takes care for his/her own health. She continuedsaying that ACACIA through the Corporate Social Responsibility pillar, will sustain  its effort in ensuringthat the people of Msalala DC and surroundings, are receiving appropriate and quality health services, as a complementary efforts made by the Government of Tanzania.

saraSara Teri, ACACIA’s Section Leader Community Relation speaking to the community members during the climax of the community intervention which was held in Ilogi village, Msalala DC on 1st December 2016

Giving remarks the coordinator of the activity, Dr. Ole Mkopi, BMF’s Regional Program Officer, said that the intervention which started on 24th Novmber 2016 until today 1st December 2016 has been carried out in 10 villages namely Nyangili, Malangale, Songambele, Buduhe, Butuyu, Mwasubi, Lwabakanga, Number 9, Igwamanoni and Ilogi.

He continues that the services that are available includes HIV testing and counseling, Care and Treatment (CTC) services, counseling for Pregnant mothers for Prevention of Mothers to Children HIV Transmission (PMTCT), providing services to under-fives and screening of Cervical  Cancer. Also to identify the lost to follow patients and return them to the health care.

commSara Teri, ACACIA’s Section Leader Community Relation speaking to the community members during the climax of the community intervention which was held in Ilogi village, Msalala DC on 1st December 2016

Giving remarks the coordinator of the activity, Dr. Ole Mkopi, BMF’s Regional Program Officer, said that the interventions which started on 24thNovmber 2016 until 1st December 2016 have been carried out in 10 villages namely Nyangili, Malangale, Songambele, Buduhe, Butuyu, Mwasubi, Lwabakanga, Number 9, Igwamanoni and Ilogi.

He continued saying  that the services that were made available include HIV testing and counseling, Care and Treatment (CTC) services, counseling for Pregnant mothers for Prevention of Mothers to Children HIV Transmission (PMTCT), providing services to under-fives and screening of Cervical  Cancer. Also they did identify the lost to follow patients and return them to the health care.

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THOUSANDS RECEIVE MEDICAL CHECKUP SERVICES IN KATAVI & TABORA

More than 20,000 people have received free medical checkup service in Nzega district in Tabora region and Mpanda Municipal Council in Katavi region.

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RC of Tabora, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri (C), DC Nzega Hon. Godfrey Ngupulla (L) and Dr. Happiness Willbroad, BMF’s Program Manager Community Health & Social Welfare standing to welcome the brass band during the launching of Combination Prevention Campaign in Nzega, Tabora.

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with Save the Children under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) is implementing a 3 year TB/HIV project which focuses on enhancing HIV prevention programme services estimated to reach 194,688 men, women, young people and children with HIV counselling and testing.

BMF through the TB/HIV project has launched a combination prevention campaign in Nzega district, Tabora and Mpanda Municipal Council, Katavi were locals receive medical checkup services including Voluntary Testing and Counseling, Cervical Cancer Screening, Family Planning service, and TB diagnosis.

The launching of the campaign in Nzega took place on 28th November 2016 at parking stadium and was graced by the Regional Commissioner Hon Aggrey Mwanri as the guest of Honor. Likewise for Mpanda Municipal Council the launching took on place 2nd December 2016 at Kasekese ward and was also graced by the Regional Commissioner Gen. Raphael Mugoya.

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Hon. Aggrey Mwanri, RC Tabora getting health information from one of the service providers during the launching of combination prevention campaign held in Nzega, Tabora

Speaking during the launching in Nzega Hon. Aggrey Mwanri told the citizen that Tabora is among the regions with high HIV prevalence rate (5.1%) of which Igunga district the rate is 5.8% and Nzega 5.1%. He urge to citizen to show up for the medical checkup as it will enable them to know their health status and manage to protect their health.

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A local citizen giving personal detail before testing for HIV while other are awaiting in cue outside the tent during the launching of combination prevention campaign in Nzega, Tabora.

Moreover the Nzega District Commission Hon. Godfrey Ngupulla insisted the citizens to recognize the value of being healthy by showing for checkup especially when it is brought to them.

Addressing the citizens in Katavi, Hon. Gen. Raphael Mugoya said it is important for everyone to care for his or her own health to attain development in our society.

Dr. Happiness Willbroad, BMF’s Program Manager Community Health & Social Welfare said the campaign is targeting to reach 400 people in every district within the selected regions.

Metusela Lubango, a local residing in Nzega congratulated the initiative of providing free health diagnosis services, and continues that lots of youth are not aware of their health status hence urge them to show up for the checkup.  

 

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TOGETHER WE CAN

 

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Dear Friends & Partners,

Every 1st of December we take a moment to reflect and remember those living with HIV and AIDS and those we have lost due to AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS the SDG goal is to end the epidemic by 2030 despite the challenges that lie ahead, thus an emphasis placed on this year theme of “Access Equity Rights Now”.

Like many others, the Mkapa Foundation remains committed in this global fight, whereas through demand driven initiatives in Tanzania, hundred thousands of people living with HIV including pregnant mothers, have accessed prevention and treatment for HIV and AIDS.  Our efforts have extended to integrating Tuberculosis prevention and treatment into HIV Programs, as well as reinforcing the community and health systems, especially in rural areas.

Despite the enormous efforts of the Government and its partners, more innovative measures need to be designed and rolled out in order to achieve equitable access across different segment of population. Much emphasis should be put in ensuring every person diagnosed with HIV has free and easy access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services. In addition, more resources should be allocated and all HIV stakeholders need to unite and overcome injustices caused by violence and the exclusion of people on the basis of gender, class, race, nationality, age, geographic location, sexual orientation and HIV status.

We call upon all the partners & stakeholders for their support in accelerating the end of HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Together we can!

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

Chief Executive Officer

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation

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