PRIVATE HEALTH FACILITIES DETERMINE TO FIGHT TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2015, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and 1.8 million died from the disease (including 0.4 million among people with HIV). Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries of which Tanzania is one of them. (Source WHO)

privatePrivate health facilities owner conducting a group discussion during the sensitization meeting held in Katavi

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with Save the Children Organization under Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, TB and Malaria is implementing a TB/HIV project which aims to support the Government of Tanzania efforts in reducing TB incidence by 25% and Leprosy by 50% by 2020. The project is implemented in 4 regions which are Katavi, Rukwa, Tabora and Kigoma.

In ensuring the intended project’s objectives are achieved BMF has deployed a number of strategies, among them is the involvement of private health facilities to assist in diagnosing TB patients. The Foundation has organized a one day sensitization meeting in….and 22 private health facilities owner from Katavi, Rukwa & Kigoma attended the meeting.  The meeting mobilized them to start providing TB services in their facilities.

 

kiduduKidudu A. Kidudu conducting a session during the sensitization meeting with 22 owners of private health facilities held in Katavi

Dr. Theophile N. Kali, the facility in-charge of GSDI health center – Mpanda MC. His facility is among the many other private owned facilities that are not providing TB diagnosis services. He is among 22 private facilities owners who attended the sensitization session from Katavi, Rukwa and Kigoma.

Giving his feedback after the session, Dr. Theophile said that, the meeting is very good opportunity and personally I am happy to be part of it. I am grateful for the knowledge I have acquired during the sessions which has enlighted me about my contributing in eliminating TB in Tanzania. 

“I urge all my fellow owners of health facilities to start TB diagnosis services in their facilities, as we also have a role in this fight”, said Dr. Theophile.

BMF under Save the Children through Global fund will continue to work closely with the Regional Health Management teams to ensure that these private facilities are supplied with essential commodities like reagents for TB diagnosis and as well as capacitated with knowledge through mentoring sessions. BMF is intending to leave no any TB case unidentified and ensure a healthy community.

group kataviA group photo of Private health facilities owners during the sensitization meeting with 22 owners of private health facilities organized by BMF held in Katavi.

 

 

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BMF BOOST STRUGGLE TO ELIMINATE HUMAN RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CRISIS

The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) has boosted the struggle to eliminate the crisis of shortage for human resource for health in Mwanza region. This was evidenced during the handing over of 20 health workers staff houses to Magu and Ukerewe district councils. These houses were constructed through Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) project known as health systems strengthening project which is funded by Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, TB and Malaria.

Gracing the event as the guest of honor was the Minister of health, community development, gender, elderly and children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP). She was also accompanied by the Mwanza Regional Commissioner Hon. John Mongella, representative from regional and districts office, and representatives from Ministry of MoHCDGEC.

Matrona MpiniMs. Matrona Mpini, medical attendant at Sese Dispensary and beneficiary of one of the staff houses constructed by BMF, sharing her testimony with Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of MoHCDGEC (2nd left), Dr. Ellen MKondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF (2nd right) and other officials during the handing over of 20 health workers staff house in Mwanza.

Addressing the citizens that came to witness the handing over ceremony which took place at Welamasonga dispensary in Magu district, the minister of MoHCDGE, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu said that, the government has set various strategies to tackle the crisis of human resource for health these includes establishment of various policies such as Health Sector Strategic Plan IV (HSSP IV), Human Resource for Health Strategic Plan and Primary Health Sector Development Programme (PHSDP). Also in collaboration with various stakeholders we have designed and implemented various project with aim to reduce the shortage of human resource for health and today we are witnessing the handing over of 20 health workers staff house which were constructed in partnership with BMF. She continues that, these are part of the initiative to ensure the availability of health workers in especially in rural areas.

“I insist on proper utilization of these houses including fairly redistribution of health workers to the benefitted health facilities. Also ensuring setting up budget for regular maintenance of the houses”, said Hon. Ummy Mwalimu.

Hon.UmmyHon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children unveiling the plaque to officiate the handing over of 20 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF, second left is Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro CEO of BMF.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF elaborated that, these 20 health workers staff houses among the 480 houses constructed country wide as part of the initiative by the Government to attract, motivate and retain health workers especially in the underserved areas. The houses have cost Tshs. 1.04 billion (Average of Tshs 52 Million per house). She continued that, the beneficiary health facilities are Kabila, Igombe, Mwamanga and Welamasonga in Magu DC and Kamasi, Kweru, Muriti, Sizu and Bwisya in Ukerewe DC.

Moreover in similarly circumstance the Hon. Ummy Mwalimu and Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro and made a committed to sponsor Elizabeth Michael’s education. Elizabeth Michael is a 12 years old, standard three student at Sese Primary School who has dreams to become a doctor in the Future. She was randomly selected by the Minister among the locals who attended the handing over ceremony.

Elizabeth MichaelElizabeth Michael poses for a photo with BMF officials Qs. Geofrey Nyaluke and Scholastic Komba after selected to be funded her education by jointly effort between Hon. Ummy Mwalimu and Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

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SIMIYU REGION BENEFITS FROM TSHS. 1.9 BILLION INVESTMENT

In its endeavor to supplement the Government of Tanzania’s efforts in strengthening health system in underserved regions, the Mkapa Foundation has invested Tshs 1.9 Billion to curb the crisis of Human Resource for health and improvement of new born and maternal health in Simiyu region. The Tshs 1.9 Billion was invested in construction of 28 health workers staff houses and 2obstetric theatres in the region.

The handing over ceremonies held in Busega and Bariadi District Councils on the same day of 20thDecember 2016 were graced by Hon. UmmyMwalimu (MP), Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) as the guest of honor. Accompanying the Minister were regional and district leaders, Members of Parliaments of the beneficiary constituency, contractors together with representatives from corporate companies who are BMF’s financial sponsors.

Ummy MwalimuHon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children listening to a health worker (not in the picture) on how the new theatre will be operating.

The first event took place in Bariadi District Council by handing over 2 constructed theatres respectively located in Ngulyati health centres (Bariadi District Council) and Igalukilo Health Centres (Busega district Council) with an overall cost of Tshs 435 million. The theatre of about 245 square meter is well designed to accommodate 2 theatre operating beds and all essential functions of a theatre including staff comfort. Addressing the guests who attended the ceremony in Bariadi, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu said that, the Government of Tanzania is still registering  high maternal death which is She commended the Mkapa Foundation for their unique work on improving health infrastructure and was pleased with the model theatre that was constructed in this rural health centre. She further reiterated the commitment of the Government in strengtheningthe Primary health care services with adequate drugs and commodities for better maternal and child care.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF, in her remarks said that, the theatres have been constructed through BMF’s signature program known as Mkapa Fellows program, which is funded by Irish AID and over 100 corporates including ACACIA, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Bank M, Mohammed Dewji Foundation, NSSF, PPF, TIB, CRDB and Stanbic Bank. The theatres were constructed by a local construction company, namely, Emirates Aluminum and Glass Co. Ltd.

GroupGroup photo: Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (Center), Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro (3rd from Left) together with representative from the Local Government and Regional Office at the handing over ceremony held in Simiyu. 

The subsequent ceremony on the same day was held in Busega district at the Mkulla Designated District Hospital. Speaking as she handed over 28 health workers staff houses built in Simiyu region, Hon. Mwalimu said that, despite the Government’s effort to tackle the crisis for Human Resource for Health in the country but the shortage is still at 52% of the required workforce and situation is worse in the underserved areas. She continues that, today we are handing over 28 health workers staff houses with the aim of improving the living condition of health workers hence attract them to come and work in rural areas.

“I urge the authorities to set adequate budget for regular maintenance of the health facility building and the staff houses your receiving today. More over ensure be innovative in sourcing funds to support the daily operations of the health facilities” said, Hon. Ummy

Speaking at the ceremony in Busega, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF, said that, the 28 health workers staff houses have been constructed under Ministry of Health’s project for strengthening health system which is financed by the Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, TB and Malaria. She further mentioned that the staff houses have been constructed by a local contractor namely, Emirates Aluminum and Glass Co. Ltd under the BMF health district and District Engineer. The project costed Tshs 1.5 billion with an estimate of Tshs 52 million per house. The staff houses were built within the compounds of 14 health facilities located in three (3) districts The health facilities the benefited from the houses include, Mkula, Nassa, Lukungu, Gininiga and Badugu health center in Busega District Council;, Mwasinasi, Nyamikoma, Nyawa, Byuna and Mwasubuya in Bariadi District Council and Longalombogo, Ikindilo, Luguru, Nkoma and Zagayu in Itilima District Council

At both occasions Dr. Ellen thanked the local government authorities and the citizens for their support and cooperation during the whole period of implementing both projects until completion.

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