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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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