BMF in close collaboration with the Government, particularly the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) & President Office Regional and Local Government Authorities (PORALG), through the implemented Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) Project, has jointly completed the processes of filling the vacant posts under RSSH project. A total of one hundred and ninety (190) i.e. 70% of 271 recruited Health Care Workers were mainstreamed into the government system during the year 2018/2019.
Speaking during the staff orientation and capacity building training for new health workers that was conducted in Dodoma, Tanzania from 28-30th October 2019, Dr Ntuli Kapologwe, Director of the Department of Public Health (PORALG) urged the newly recruited health workers to listen very carefully to what is being directed to them, and to do as it is required at their assigned areas of work. The training aimed at ensuring that the new health workers carry out their work responsibilities in their assigned areas.
“Go and work because the measure of success in the health sector is the public, as you go there go with the mindset of helping your fellow Tanzanians and leave a mark on the work , including protecting the dignity of the Government,” said Dr Kapologwe.
“From June 2018, the Mkapa Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) started implementing the Sustainable and Patient Health System Project i.e. (RSSH) Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health expected to be completed by December 2020.
One of the interventions implemented through the RSSH Project – Global Fund is to recruit Health professionals and arrange for them to work on project benefit regions which are Simiyu, Geita, Kigoma, Tabora, Katavi, Kagera, Shinyanga, Mara, Dodoma and Mwanza
Among the BMF’s implemented interventions under RSSH is recruitment of Health Care Workers. BMF implement HRH recruitment intervention under RSSH. During the first year of the Project a total 271 were recruited and placed in 75 LGA’s, whereby a total 190 i.e. 70% of recruited Health Care Workers were mainstreamed into the government system during the year 2018/2019.” Stated Dr Ntuli
Ms Rahma Musoke BMF’s Monitoring and Evaluation Manager Said “The Management of Benjamin Mkapa Foundation is committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of all employees are fair, open and transparent and will comply with all relevant legislation of the United Republic of Tanzania. BMF will continue to complement Government efforts by being committed to apply strategic interventions to address shortage of Human Resources for Health (HRH) which stand to be 52% that mostly affect primary health facilities in underserved LGA’s.”
The Ministry of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has commissioned the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (as a Sub-Recipient) to carry out some of the activities of the RSSH project in two main areas, Human Resources of the Health Sector including the establishment and coordination of distance learning Platform e-learning for health workers and Responsive Community Systems. Where the total cost of running the project is expected to be 18.9 billion.