MEDIA EDITORS URGED FOR MORE SUPPORT IN HEALTH SECTOR

Dr. Ellen Mkodnya-Senkoro, CEO of Mkapa Foundation urged the media editors to create more sustainable cooperation with organization that support development of health sector in the country. This was said during editors breakfast session with BMF management team which took place on 27th July 2017 at BMF’s offices in Dar es Salaam.

The half a day session was attended by editors from various electronic and print media to mention a few are Mwananchi, The Guardian, The Citizen, TBC 1, ITV, Clouds Media, Millard Ayo and many more. This session aimed at strengthening the existing relationship between the foundation and media. The session also gave a platform for BMF to share progress updates, achievements attained and challenges over the course of 11 year of operationalization of various projects

Media is an important component for spearheading development hence we urge you for your more support to raise awareness on the on various issues that affects the health sector” said Dr. Senkoro 

mediaEditor from media houses following Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro’s presentation during editors breakfast session which took place at BMF’s office in Dar on 27th July 2017.

Few major milestone we have attain over 11 years period highlighted by Dr. Ellen includes improvement of provision of delivery of primary health care service through construction of 480 health workers staff houses in 51 district within 17 regions, improvement of provision of pregnant mother and newborn service through construction of 11 operation theater in 9 district within 4 regions and improvement in HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis Services through renovation of 13 TB diagnostic center and 13 laboratory for detecting TB in 13 region in the country. In addition the numerous challenges highlighted includes adequate budget in the districts to fulfill their commitment of ensuring newly constructed theaters and to facilitate availability of skilled health workers in the health centers.  

media houseEditor from media houses following Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro’s presentation during editors breakfast session which took place at BMF’s office in Dar on 27th July 2017

 Moreover, Noor Shija, editor of mwananchi newspaper applauded Mkapa Foundation for their great contribution to the government’s effort in improving health systems in the country mainly in hard to reach areas. He insisted that health sector still faces critical challenges, hence more interventions have to be implemented to address them.

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT MAGUFULI APPLAUDS BMF

H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the URT has applauded H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Settlor of the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation and the Foundation itself for their efforts in strengthening health systems in Tanzania. He conveyed his applause during the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers which took place in Chato football pitch on 10th July 2017 and was grace by H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of Tanzania as the guest of honor.

MaguH.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Settlor of BMF arriving at Chato football ground for the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF in Geita, Simiyu and Kagera on 10th July 2017.

In his speech he urged all other non government organization to follow BMF’s footstep in helping the government to achieve its goal in improving the lives of Tanzanians. He referred to BMF’s efforts as the work of angel. President Magufuli pledged to write an appreciation letter to BMF and Global Fund to fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the support in the development of health sector.

“My sincerely gratitude to the management and staff of Mkapa Foundation, it is an exceptional Foundation with the mission to improves lives of Tanzanians” cited President Magufuli.

JohnH.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania addressing the nation at Chato football ground during the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF in Geita, Simiyu and Kagera held on 10th July 2017.

Giving his vote of thank, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Settlor of the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation send his warm appreciation to all the development partners who have made a great contribution in the development of the nation especially those who contributed in the health sector. He continued by describing the construction of health workers staff houses as a perfect example of public-private partnership and urge health workers to give their best in serving the people.

BenH.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Settlor of BMF giving his vote of thanks during the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF in Geita, Simiyu and Kagera held on 10th July 2017.

Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children disclosed that the Government has increased allocation of health sector budget from 9.2% in 2016/17 to 10.1% of the overall budget in the next financial year 2017/18. She clarified that, the health sector has obtain substantial achievements like increase of health facilities from 4,000 to 7,000, reduction of child mortality rate by 50%, reduction of HIV prevalence rate from 7% to 4% but maternal mortality rate is still a challenge with 556 death per every 100,000 live birth.

She continues that, the budget for medicine and vaccination has increased to Tshs 26 billion whereas Chato DC will receive Tshs 585 million as compared to Tshs 160 mil received in the financial year 2015/16. The Government has reduced the pride of 101 medicines by 15% to 18%.

BenummyH.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Settlor of BMF handing over a certificate to Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to officiate  the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF in Geita, Simiyu and Kagera in a ceremony held on 10th July 2017 in Chato, Geita

Ms. Martha Setembo, a representative from Global Fund to fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, revealed that, between 2018 and 2020, Global Fund has set USD 580 million in Tanzania mainland and USD 11 million in Zanzibar to facilitate the development of the health sector. She further applauded BMF and Government for installing trust in them through proper and excellent execution of the project hence create a pace for more funding opportunities.

Giving a brief about the Foundation and the project that supported the constructed of the health workers staff houses which were handed over, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF said that, the houses have been constructed through a project know as Health Systems Strengthening which is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children under financial support from Global Fund. So far the project has constructed 480 houses within 268 health facilities in 17 regions which amounted to Tshs 26.5 billion. She further disclosed that the 50 handed over health workers staff houses in Kagera (10), Geita (20) and Simiyu (20) have cost Tshs. 2.5 billion.

Dr. Ellen further clarified that for 11 year of operationalization BMF has managed to achieve major milestones some of which are recruitment of 1,100 professional health workers, provision of scholarship to more than 949 students to study health allied course, construction of 11 operating theaters and 480 health workers staff houses of which 50 we are handing them over today.

chatoChato residence cheering up as they are following up the handing over ceremony of 50 health workers staff houses constructed by BMF in Geita, Simiyu and Kagera which took place at Chato football ground on 10th July 2017.

 

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THE SETTLOR INAUGURATES HEALTH WORKERS STAFF HOUSES IN CHATO

The Settlor of the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) and former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa has inaugurated the health workers staff houses constructed by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in collaboration with the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) under financing from Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria on 9th July 2017.

HouseHealth worker staff house at Mkungo dispensary in Chato which was inaugurated by H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF on 9th July 2017 as one among the 50 houses constructed by BMF and scheduled to be handed over on 10th July 2017.

The house that was inaugurated at Mkungo dispensary in Chato DC is part of the 50 health workers staff houses that were constructed in Geita (20), Simiyu (20) and Kagera (10). The 50 houses will be handing over to the beneficiary districts in a ceremony that will take place on 10th July 2017 at Chato football pitch and expected to be grace by H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of URT and other dignitaries.

Setlor BenH.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Settlor of BMF cuts the ribbon to inaugurate health worker staff house at Mkungo dispensary in Chato. With him from left is, Amb. Masaharu Yoshida, Ambassador of Japan in Tanzania, Hon. Mej. Gen (Rtd) Ezekiel Kyunga, Regional Commissioner of Geita, Martha Setembo, representative from Global Fund to Fight against AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children

Greeting hundreds of villagers who came to witness the inauguration of the health worker staff house at Mkungo dispensary, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa reminder them about their responsibility to take good care of the staff houses and other facilities for the benefit of the community and future generation.

 

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ITILIMA DC TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY OPERATION SERVICES

Itilima DC will now be able to provide emergency operating services to pregnant women after being handed over one obstetric equipped theater at Nkoma health center which has been constructed by the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) with the financial support from the government of the People’s Republic of Japan through the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania.

The handing over ceremony of the obstetric theater took place on 8th July 2017, at Nkoma health Center and was graced by H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Former President of Tanzania and Settlor of BMF, along him was the ambassador of Japan in Tanzania, Amb. Masaharu Yoshida, Mama Anna Mkapa, former first lady, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Amb. Charles Sanga, Chairman of BMF’s Board of Trustees and Simiyu regional authority.

ummy mwalimuH.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF and Amb. Masaharu Yoshida cutting a ribbon to inaugurate the newly constructed obstetric theater in a ceremony held on 8th July 2017 in Itilima Simiyu. Standing with them is Hon, Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children (left) and Hon. Antony Mtaka, Regional Commissioner of Simiyu.

Addressing the citizen who came to witness the event, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa thanked the 5th phase of the Government of Tanzania lead by H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of Tanzania for the continues effort in tackling challenges within the health sector. Also he thanked the government of the People’s Republic of Japan for their support and hope for continuous cooperation with BMF, lastly he applauded Itilima DC for the initiative to equip the theater with latest basic equipment to start provision of service.

“I urge you all to work very hard and free ourselves from the ideology of being dependency as it is the only way to develop”, stated H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa.

Amb. Masaharu Yoshida, said that, in a meeting held in 2016 in Nairobi the Government of the People’s Republic of Japan insisted to support the development of the health sector. The meeting agreed on the agenda of strengthening health systems for better health services.

EllenaFrom left: H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Settlor of BMF, Amb. Masaharu Yoshida, Ambassador of Japan in Tanzania, Amb. Charles Sanga, Chairman of BMF’s Board of Trustess, Mama Anna Mkapa, Former First Lady of URT, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF and Mrs. Eileen Swai, BMF’s Board Observer at the handing over of obstetric theater held on 8th July 2017 at Nkoma health center in Simiyu Region.

Speaking to the public, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu clarified that the health sector still faces some challenges such as only 20% of the health facilities provide emergency operation service to pregnant women despite government effort to ensure by 2020, 50% of health facilities in the country provide emergence operating services. She continues that before Dec, 2017 the government will provide an ultrasound machine to Nkoma health center. To mitigate the human resource for health crisis, the government is planning to recruit 52,000 among them will be health workers of which priority will go to workers recruited by BMF as they have shown willingness to work in remote areas, said Ummy Mwalimu.

Giving a brief about the program which facilitated the construction of the obstetric theater, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF said that, this theater has been constructed through Mkapa Fellow Program phase II. The theater has been constructed by a local company called Emirates Aluminum Co. Limited and cost Tshs 265,997,800 million.

Deo MaranduH.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, Settlor of BMF, hands over certificate of project completion to Deo Marandu, Managing Director of Emirates Aluminum Co. Limited, a company that constructed the obstetric theater during the handing over ceremony held on 8th July 2017 at Nkoma health center in Itilima DC, Simiyu region.

Mary Kasuka, a health worker and community member in Itilima DC, thank BMF for the construction the obstetric theater and urged fellow women to come and deliver at the facility as now emergency operating services will be available.

VillagersVillagers following up the handing over ceremony of obstetric theater constructed by BMF held on 8th July 2017 in Nkoma health center, Itilima DC, Simiyu region.

 

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