The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) received a donation of Tshs 100 million from Anglo Gold Ashanti (Geita Gold Mining – GGM) during a ceremony to launch the 2015 Kilimanjaro Challenge held on 22nd May 2015 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The funds were disbursed as part of GGM support in the fight against HIV/AIDS to many agencies such as BMF, Huruma Orphanage and others. Gracing the event was the Former President of United Republic of Tanzania who is a Champions of AIDS free generation, His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa.
The CEO of BMF Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro receives a check of Tshs 100 Million from the Former President of Tanzania H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa and Anglo Gold Ashanti (GGM) Managing Director Mr. Terry Mulpeter and right is Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Vice President Sustainability Mr. Simon Shayo.
The Kilimanjaro Challenge is an initiative implemented by GGM in collaboration with TACAIDS with the aim of raising awareness on HIV and AIDS pandemic, provide financial support to HIV and AIDS initiative and build national spirit in this noble fight. Kilimanjaro Challenge remains a multinational collaborative partnership involving local and foreign companies and individuals from across the country and globally for this very noble cause of saving lives from HIV/AIDS, and giving the people of Tanzania hope of an HIV and AIDS free future. The initiative aligns the challenge with existing government HIV/AIDS initiatives and programmes, while giving local climbers opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
The fund donated by GGM will be allocated to support BMF,s second five year Strategic Plan ( 2013- 2018) that aims to continue designing and implementing innovative programs focused on addressing HIV and AIDS, Maternal Newborn health and Human Resources for Health. Whilst it strengthens health service delivery, particularly in rural and remote areas of Tanzania, it also intends to build a Sustainable Business Model of BMAF and instituting effective Operational Systems and Technical Leadership Capacity.
GGM has been supporting BMF initiatives since year 2013 and until May 2015, it has contributed about Tshs 130 million to the many other donations received by the Foundation from variety of Corporates, Parastatals and Business companies. All the donations made to the Foundation in the past, including from GGM, have attributed to recruitment of more than 60 health professionals (medical doctors inclusive) to work in rural areas, training on HIV and AIDS and Maternal health and equipping and constructing nine theatres in rural health facilities.