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.
Ms. 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. 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 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