COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS EXPECTED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND HEALTH FACILITIES

We will be the link between our communities and the health facilities, hence being able to save lives of pregnant mothers and new born babies, also help our community prevent outbreak various infectious and non-infectious diseases” say Dina Amos and Kubini Charles, community health workers  students at Ngudu School of Environmental Health Science.

These comments were made during a recently joint field visit in Mwanza and Geita by the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) and Tropic Health Education Trust (THET) which aimed at assessing the effectiveness of the programme and observe challenges encountered in the process of implementation.

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Kubini Charles (M) and Dina Amos (F) CHW students at Ngudu School of Environmental Health Science at the listening to Mr. Godwin Kabalika, Country Director of THET-Tanzania during a recent field visit. With him is Edvige Bordone, THET Communications Manager and Ms. Luciana Titto, CHW District Coordinator, Kwimba DC.

The team arrived in Ngudu School of Environmental Health Science on 13th March 2018 and met with tutors and students a brief discussion about the community based programme implemented by BMF and THET.

The tutor informed the team that Ndugu School was among the first Training institution selected by the Government to teach CHW training program in 2015/16. Since then, they have managed to produce 111 CHW graduates (first intake 63, second intake 48) and current the HTI has 43 students studying for the course

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From Left: Faustine Burugu, Eusto Kabaro, James Chillangi and Mathias Sanaga, tutors at Ngudu School of Environmental Health Science during  discussion with BMF and THET team during a recent field visit at the health training Institution.  

Speaking on behalf of other tutors Mr. Eusto Kabaro, tutor and academic officer said that, they are glad to be part of this noble course as they believe the CHW will bridge the gap between communities and health facilities and support the government to significantly reduce maternal and new born death, malaria, TB, HIV and other related diseases deaths.

Moreover the team had a chance to speak with Dina and Kubini, current CHWs students at Ndugu School. They expressed their happiness for being part of this good course as they believe after graduating and employed by the government they will make a huge impact in their community.

Both of them acknowledges the health challenges in their communities to mention a few includes death of pregnant women and newborn child and outbreak of communicable diseases such as cholera, malaria e.t.c. Hence being a link between the community and health facilities would enable them mitigate this challenges.

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BMF BOOST WOMEN MORAL DURING WOMEN’S DAY

As all women around the world gather to celebrate international women’s day which takes place annually on 8th March with the aim of acknowledging and appreciating the success of women in the social, economic, cultural and political aspects. To support this global movement and make women at BMF feel special the Foundation organized an event to celebrate international women’s day. This short event which was attended by all staff, support staff and consultant took place at BMF offices in Dar es Salaam.

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BMF women team pose for a group photo after celebrating International Women’s Day at BMF HQ offices in Dar es Salaam on 8th March 2018

 During this event women a BMF got a platform to analyze and discuss this years’ women’s day them which is Press for Progress and share experiences and suggestion of ways they could help each other to reach the global goal of eliminating gender disparity by creating a 50/50 opportunity world.

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From Left: Caroline Sanga, Christina Melembeka, Rahma Musoke and Miyeye Yahya all smiley displaying the themes with different messages  during celebrations of International Women’s Day at BMF HQ offices in Dar es Salaam on 8th March 2018.

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Mr. Augustine Kiria cutting a cake on behalf of BMF’s men team to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day 20* accompanying him is George Kimaro (left), Crispin Lyimo, Gaddy Chuwa, Abeid Mgoa & Erick Mutabuzi  during celebrations of International Women’s Day at BMF HQ offices in Dar es Salaam on 8th March 2018.

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 BMF team sharing experience and way forward about issues facing during the celebrations of International Women’s Day at BMF HQ offices in Dar es Salaam on 8th March 2018

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MESSAGE

 

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Dear Friends and Partners,

Whilst we celebrate women in our everyday lives, yet on 8th March every year we get an opportunity to officially recognize the indefatigable efforts of women who are pushing for the global gender equality and justice in all norms of social aspects. It is a moment to celebrate the spirit of women who took the lead in impacting their families, communities, societies, countries and globally.

As we all focus on the call for action to “Press for Progress” towards gender parity, through motivation, thinking, actions and inclusiveness, the Mkapa Foundation is among the stakeholders in this movement.

We have strengthened health facilities and community systems in Tanzania, thus taking the pride of the positive impact on the lives of millions of women and young girls. We remain committed to ensure their better health and well-being.

I am delighted to celebrate the day, and I wish the very best to all women making efforts to change the world.

 

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

Chief Executive Officer 

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JOINT MEETING TO SPEARHEAD COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS AGENDA TOOK PLACE IN DAR ES SALAAM

Joint meeting between the Governments, Development Partners & Stakeholders to advancing for community health workers agenda took place in Dar es Salaam on 28th February 2018. The meeting which took place at Mwalimu Nyerere Convention Center was graced by Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health Community, Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

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Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Eldery and Children chairing the dialogue during the joint meeting

 Giving her remarks on behalf of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu said that, the government is planning to strengthen primary health care in the country and one of the strategy to achieve that is by having community health workers.

“The Government is determined to have have 30,000 community health workers in more than 15,000 villages by 2020”, stated Hon. Ummy Mwalimu. `

Rahel Sheiza, Director of Programs from BMF, said that, BMF and other partners are committed supporting the government to implement community health workers program which aim at improving provision of health services at community levels. There has been a need for investment at health facility and community level and with this program in place, we are expecting to reach our country goal and have a healthy society.

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Rahel Sheiza, BMF’s Director of Programs giving her contribution at the joint meeting between the Government, Development Partners and Stakeholders which took place on 28th February 2018 in Dar es Salaam.

Dr. Amalbega Kasangala, a representative from Health Education Unit of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children, clarified that, the government is focused more on prevention compared to treatment. She continues that the community health workers will be equipped with skills that will enable them identify a community member such a pregnant woman, children e.t.c with risks of getting diseases and provide assistance through counselling before going to the hospital.

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Dr. Amalbega Kasangala, Acting Asst Director of Health Education Unit of the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children giving her presentation at the joint meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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