BMF HOLDS 4TH STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING IN DAR ES SALAAM

The Benjamin W. Mkapa foundation (BMF) held its 4th Stakeholders’ meeting in November 2017 at the White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam. This half a day meeting which was graced by Hon. Josephat Kandege, Deputy Minister of State in the President’s office – Regional Administration and Local Government accompanied by H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF and Former President of the URT was sponsor by Bank M. Amongst them the meeting was also attended by Ambassadors from USA, Canada, Kuwait, & Japan, representatives from development partners USAID, Irish AID, UNFPA. UNICEF, representative from the government, partner NGOs to mention a few include AMREF, MDH, Uongozi Institute, NACOPHA, & Jphiego. Also the presence of our corporate partners was felt.

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Sitting: Hon. Josephat Kandege, Deputy Minister of State in the President’s office – Regional Administration and Local Government (2nd from left), H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF, Amb. Charles A. Sanga, Chairperson of BMF’s Board of Trustees and Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF together with Ambassadors and heads of Diplomatic missions at the 4th Stakeholders’ meeting held in Dar es Salaam

This meeting which carried two major objectives which were to share with our stakeholders the progress, challenges, lessons learnt, best practices and vision of the institution to the coming period and second to receive feedback from stakeholders regarding the institutional performance, vision and organisation development was opened up with a plenary discussion on the “What are the strategic Options for enhancing employment and productivity for the HWs particularly in underserved areas to promote access to quality services”, which gave platform for the participant to share their views and experience on the discussed topic.

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Hon. Josephat Kandege, Deputy Minister of State in the President’s office – Regional Administration and Local Government giving a speech at the 4th Stakeholders’ meeting held in Dar es Salaam

Addressing the delegation as the officiate the meeting, the GOH, Hon. Josephat Kendege, commended BMF’s efforts in complementing the government in strengthening health services and systems mainly in the underserved areas. He further assured continuous collaboration and partnership from the government.

“The government acknowledges the support you have continued to give in strengthening the health sector. On behalf of the 5th phase government I assure you our continue support in the implementation for various project aiming at developing the health sector in the country”, stated Hon. Kandege.

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H.E Benjamin. W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF and Former President of the URT addressing the delegation at the 4th Stakeholders’ meeting held in Dar es Salaam

Giving his remarks, the Settlor of BMF, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, clarified how Tanzania recognizes and institutionalizes Public- Private Partnership (PPP) as one of the key strategy for accelerating Universal Health Coverage. He further insisted on more private public partnership to accelerate the development in the health sector.

“I hereby plea to the stakeholders that as we proceed to contribute in the implementation of these noble strategies, we need to timely establish economically viable strategies and improve or redefine our current approaches and a comprehensive road map”, urged H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa.

Giving the note appreciation on behalf of BMF, the Chairman of BMF Board of Trustees, Amb. Charles A. Sanga, thanked the 4th Phase government under the leadership of H.E Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete for its strong support, he also commended the 2 years efforts and support of the 5th phase government under leadership of H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli. He further appreciated the support and cooperation from donors, development partners, implementing partners and cooperate sector.

“I can assure you that your assistance remains safe in hands of the Foundation. As we complete the 11th year since its inception, the accounts of the Foundation have, year after year, recorded unqualified Audit report from Internationally renowned Audit Firms” stated Amb. Sanga

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Plenary discussion on “What are the strategic Options for enhancing employment and productivity for the HWs particularly in underserved areas to promote access to quality services” at the 4th Stakeholders’ meeting held in Dar es Salaam.

 

 

 

 

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GLORY TO THE COMMUNITY OF ITILIMA

Glory has landed to the community of Itilima DC as the obstetric equipped theater at Nkoma health facility became official functional since it was handed over to the local government authority in Itilima on 8th July 2017. The first caesarian section operation was conducted to a pregnant woman on the evening of 18th October 2017 which marked the beginning of the service.

This Nkoma Health Facility obstetric theater was constructed through Mkapa Fellow Program II under financial support from the government of the People’s Republic of Japan through the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania and was handed over on 8th July 2017 in a ceremony that was graced by the Settlor of BMF, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa 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

Itilima DCA view of the equipped theater that was constructed by BMF at Nkoma health facility in Itilima DC, Simiyu region.

Speaking after the emergency operation successful took place, the DMO of Itilima DC, commended the effort to Mkapa Foundation to support the Government of Tanzania in improving health services in the country mainly in underserved areas.

“Thanks to BMF for this support, we are thankful for Pallet Waryoba (fellow), he has been very helpful especially in providing anesthetic services”, said DMO

Apart from the construction of the theater, BMF through Mkapa Fellows Program II has recruited and deployed 2 health workers famously know as Mkapa Fellows to strengthen human resource at Nkoma health facility.

 

 

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ANOTHER HUGE MILESTONE FOR PS-3 PROJECT

The Government of United Republic of Tanzania has launched 2 electronic systems that are expected to simplify budgetary process and increase transparency and accountability within the Local Government Authorities (LGAs). These systems namely redesigned Planning, Budgetary and Reporting (PlanRep) and Facility Financial Accounting and Reporting (FFARS) were launched in Dodoma by the Prime Minister of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Kassim.

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Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa (centre) with acting US Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson (third right) and USAID Tanzania mission director Andrew Karas (right) during the launch of the redesigned Planning, Budgetary and Reporting (PlanRep) and the new Facility Financial Accounting and Reporting Systems (FFARS) in Dodoma yesterday. Also in attendance were Cabinet ministers Jenista Mhagama (left), Philip Mpango (second left), George Simbachawene (fourth left) and Ummy Mwalimu (second right)

These systems which are expected to eliminate corruption and embezzlement within LGAs was developed by government in collaboration with PS 3 Project under Information Systems Component whom besides funding the development also provided technical expertise in designing the systems.

During the launching, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa said that the systems would enable the Government to save at least Tshs 8 billion annually during budgeting and planning processes at both district and regional level.

This new systems will play a vital role in spearheading service delivery in key public sectors, ensure accountability and transparency among public workers in all levels as well as plugging corruption loopholes and curbs the misuse of public funds”, stated Hon. Majaliwa. 

He ended his remarks by thanking the USAID for its continuous support to the government of Tanzania, partners who worked tirelessly to ensure the systems comes to life. He also urged the Regional Commissioners to ensure the systems are adopted and utilized effectively in all areas as intended.

Giving his remarks, the Minister of State in the President’s Officer Regional Authority and Local Government, Hon George Simbachawene said that, Tanzania has now moved from a “stand alone” to a coordinated union system. He clarified that almost 63,000 civil servant across Tanzania have been trained on how to use the system.

Dr. Emmanuel Malangalila, PS3 Project Chief of Party, elaborated that, the PlanRep system will assist in planning, budgeting and reporting while the FFARs will serve as an accounting and reporting systems for facilities such as school and health centers.

This event was also attended by Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Philip Mpango, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Dr. Inmi Patterson and other representative

PS 3 is a five years USAID/Tanzania designed project which aims to support the Government of Tanzania (GOT) reform agenda and enable national and Local Government Authority (LGA) institutions to effectively promote the delivery, quality, and use of services, particularly for the rural poor and other underserved populations. Mkapa foundation is among the implementing partners of this project in addressing challenges of Human Resource for Health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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