Dear Friends and Partners,
Warm greetings from the Mkapa Foundation! As we have bid goodbye to year 2017, we let the Hope for a bright new year set in. It’s that time of the year we get another opportunity to embrace what we achieved and feel gratified with your valuable advice, support and cooperation throughout the past year.
As 2018 unfolds, we look back and reflect our last year’s journey, which was filled with many accomplishments, including being able to kick off one new project which was focused oncomplementing Government efforts in strengthening Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS services in rural areas through Health Systems Strengthening in Southern Highlands Regions.We are further gratified to note the milestones registered from the ongoing 7 projects led by BMF, that have been financed with our partners, friends and donors.
We are proud to be associated with the improved maternal andnewborn health situation in rural settings where BMF have been operating, particularly in ensuring equitable and increased availability and access to Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care amongst pregnant mothers. This was notable by the increased women delivering at the benefitting 19health facilities within a period of one yearfrom 68% to 84%.
Moreover in our sustained efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS and TB in Tanzania, we have worked strategically with Non- State Actors including Community Based Groups, Religious leaders and Local Government Authorities, thus reaching more than 50,000 people with HIV testing and counseling through the unique approach of Combination Prevention Outreach Campaigns. BMF remains committed to this global fight against HIV and AIDS and we call upon other partners to join hands to reach the global target of ending the disease by 2030. Additionally, to reduce the TB transmission rate, BMF succeeded to refurbish 13 diagnostic facilities and 13 Multi – Drug Resistant sites, along with notifying 907 TB cases and registering them for treatment.
It is worth noting that as the Nation continued striving to combat the crisis on Human Resource for Health, BMF maintained its complementary efforts by advancing the Community Health Workers initiative, whereby reinforcement was made on the capacity of 10 local Training Institutions earmarked for CHW Certificate trainings. We further worked hand in hand with the Government in carrying a Workload Indicator Staffing Needs Survey within 798 health facilities of 4 regions, which has further facilitated redistribution of staff within the localities. Likewise, to enhance staff retention in rural settings, by December 2017, BMF completed by 100 percent the entire phased plan approach of constructing 480 houses, as per set 5 years target of 2012 – 2017.
During the year 2017 we were able to hold our 4th Biennial Stakeholders meeting which was able to exchange brilliant ideas and views by stakeholders on different innovative modalities of addressing the HRH crisis facing the country. Notwithstanding, the meeting was able to learn and appreciate the investment made by the BMF partners and in-house team towards attaining the BMF’s goals of serving the underserved.
We are further proud to inform our friends and partners, that BMF continued itsadherence to the set Institutional policies, good governance and accountability systems and structures, as it is evidenced by the clean audit report, awarded to BMF by the external auditors.
This New Year 2018 will mark the end of implementing our second 5 year strategic plan which kicked off in 2013. During year 2017, an independent evaluation of our current Strategic Plan was carried, whereas the outcome of the exercise will further inform and guide the development of the new and third Strategic Plan of BMF. Indeed, we are proud of the lives we touched and the HOPE we brought over the years of implementing the ending strategy. Moreover we are thankful to all our donors, partners, stakeholders and well-wishers who have contributed to the BMF Key Result Areas.
Last but not least, we take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year, good health, prosperity and success for the year 2018.
Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro.
Chief Executive Officer