Dear Partners and friends
On behalf of the Mkapa Foundation team, I welcome you to view our website and walk with us in our journey of changing lives, health and well being of the Tanzanian society.
As we ended year 2018, BMF is excited and pleased to be the first indigenous organization in Tanzania to embark on pilot testing the recruitment of the formal Community Health Workers ( officially terned as “Health Asisstant Community”). By December 2018, through Local Government Authorities structure and systems, 149 of Health Assistants Community were deployed in 149 villages located in 3 districts. The main aim is to strengthen the Primary Health Care Services and reaching Universal Health Coverage. It is anticipated the evidence based results attained from these pilot initiatives will be informative to the policy makers, decision makers and implementers as the country is committed in attaining 90-90-90 HIV targets, increase Family planning uptake, increase Antenatal coverage and increase facility deliveries by pregnant women, to mention a few of the tracked indicators.
In tandem to community based programme, the Government and partners including BMF, have equally strengthened the health facilities in order to balance demand and supply. On this vein, BMF technically supported the Government in the process of deploying more than 6000 health workers as per released Government employment permit. Likewise BMF in collaboration with Government, fast tracked recruitment and deployment of 144 project based health workers of various cadres to 59 districts during year 2018. All these efforts are aimed at curbing the 50% gap of health workers required in the health facilities at all levels.
Worth to mention, is the notable engagement of BMF in different policy platforms that has allowed valuable contributions into health sector policy and guidelines development and reviews. Furthermore, BMF assumed the lead role and mobilized Non-State Actors (NSAs) working in the Health Sector, to come up with effective coordination and strategic partnership within NSAs themselves and with the Government. This allowed increased participation of NSAs in Annual RMO/DMO meeting, health sector technical review meetings and Policy day-all these forum bringing together the Government , donors and NSAs, thus also being able to agree on sectoral milestones for the coming year 2019.
For the Year 2019, it is anticipated to be another amazing year for the Mkapa Foundation, as we shall be developing and launching our 3rd Strategic Business Plan (2019-2024). We shall also actively be designing and kicking off new projects that further strengthen regions, districts, health facility and community based systems. The aim is to reach more women, adolescents, children and men in underserved settings, for their better health and well being.
Thanks once again for the trust and generosity by our financiers, technical partners and implementing agencies.Thanks to our BMF Board of Trustees for the firm governance and leadership role. Lastly but not least, Asante Sana to my colleagues in BMF, for their endless commitment and energy that has contributed immensely to BMF unique performance.Best regards