Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) through financial support from UK Aid-DFID, Irish Aid, and UNFPA, employs a total of 575 health professionals to work in 72 councils in 13 regions of Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Mara, Pwani, Dodoma, Arusha, Mtwara, Kigoma, Mwanza, Simiyu, Mbeya and Songwe.
Following their recruitment, BMF has embarked on the deployment process including orientation and signing of contracts for all newly recruited health workers based in Dar es Salaam as one among the beneficiary regions. The orientation session was attended by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) Prof. Mabula Mchembe along with other government officials from the MoHCDGEC and PO-RALG at Central Pathology Laboratory (CPL) conference Muhimbili, Dar es Salaam on 8th July 2020.
During his opening remarks, Prof. Mabula Mchembe thanked BMF for being in the front line on resource mobilization from different stakeholders that ultimately contribute to increasing of the health workforce in health facilities countrywide. He also commended BMF for collaborating with the Government Authorities in ensuring that the employment processes are carried out as per the Government employment standards and procedures.
Prof. Mabula advised the newly recruited health workers to work as per the professional ethics, procedures and strive to be an example in their assigned areas.
“I would like to thank all the professionals who have accepted the offer and go to work in their designated areas. Together we can serve the community” said Prof. Mabula.
On the other hand, The Chief Executive Officer of Benjamin Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro explained that BMF has allocated 575 health workers in prioritized regions by the Government to strengthen health services in fighting against communicable and non-communicable diseases including COVID 19.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mand the PO-RALG for the great contributions they have made to accomplish this important task. I would like to acknowledge that, we have had enough cooperation in ensuring that all employment procedures are followed” she said.
The number of health workers funded through development partners includes DFID – 367 health workers, UNFPA – 170 health workers, and Irish Aid 38 health workers.
By June 2020, the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation has managed to recruit a total of 3,004 skilled health workers and among them, a total of 1,064 health workers mainstreamed in the public service to continue providing quality health services. Since its establishment in 2006, BMF has continued to partner with the Government in efforts to combat various challenges affecting the delivery of quality health services including shortage of health workers which is now estimated to be at 52% in the country.