Message from the Chair of the BOT

Dear Partners and Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation, we ask our fellow Tanzanians, well-wishers and partners in development globally, to join us as we celebrate our 15-year Journey and becoming more inspired to embrace the future ahead. 

We further join the Tanzanian Nation and Africa region to express our condolence to the loss of H.E. (Late) Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the President of the 5th Phase Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, who passed away on 17th March 2021. His patriotic and transformative leadership was highly recognized and will leave memories for generations to come.

On the same note, we hereby affirm our continued commitment to co-operate and work with the 6th Phase Government of Tanzania under the auspicious leadership of our first Tanzanian female President, Her Excellency President Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan. BMF is dedicated to continue complementing Government efforts in ensuring resilient and sustainable systems that are critical in health care provision, particularly in limited resourced areas, thus achieving equitable access and availability of quality health care to women, men, youth, children and elderly people.

To all our well-wishers, partners and friends,

BMF continues to appreciate the legacy left behind by the Late President Benjamin William Mkapa, who was a visionary leader and an institutionalist with outstanding accomplishments. He served his country Tanzania and the continent honorably during his time in office and upon his retirement, that transformed the economy and lives of the society. Regionally, he championed the HIV/AIDS Free Generation alongside like-minded Former Presidents and globally, he was known to be the voice of the South, and an ardent advocate of inclusive globalization. After retirement, President Mkapa carried further his passion for equity and inclusion and through BMF, he pioneered for the right to quality health services for the poor, marginalized and underserved communities.

It is for this reason, the Foundation is determined to preserve and sustain the legacy and contribution of the Late His Excellency President Benjamin William Mkapa for the purpose of enlightening and inspiring the current and future generations of leaders in Tanzania and beyond. The Foundation will thus be hosting the “Benjamin Mkapa Legacy Month” to be held in July 2021 that will engage various stakeholders, including the global leaders in a Symposium to be held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. It is on this ground that we hope you will continue to join us on this planned memorable event. We pledge to continue to build on his dream, vision and sustain this Foundation to greater heights, to grow in strength, reach and impact health for all in Tanzania and Africa.

Once again we look forward to continue working with the Government, Development Partners, Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations and the community themselves, towards bringing hope to the underserved.

Dr. Adeline Kimambo

Chair of the Board of Trustees

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