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The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) has launched its new community health workers project which aims at supporting the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children – (MoHCDGEC) to roll out formal community health worker cadres (CHWs). This launching was done during a training of 33 tutors from different health institutions ranging from government, private and faith based ones.
This 4 days training which took place at Kibaha tutors college in Kibaha, Coastal region aimed at building capacity of the tutors in towards implementing the Community Based Health Program Strategic Plan introduced by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children.
Speaking during the opening of the training, Dr. Gozibert Mutahyabwarwa – Acting Director of Human Resource from the MoHCDEC said that, this training has focused on building capacity of the tutors from health institutions which will be using the new curriculum for community health worker courses. He continues that CHW is very essential cadres in the health services provision system as this cadre will secure a permanent mainstreamed in the public service and act as a link between health facilities and the community. CHW cadres is similar to other independent cadres under ministry of health.
He continues that these community health workers will be performing different roles to that of the nurses’ cadre. He said that to eliminate the confusion of the two cadres among the health attendant in the countryDr. Adeline Saguti Nyamwihura – BMF Program Manager Service Delivery addressing the tutors during the training held in Kibaha
Speaking on behalf the BMF which is the implementing partner of the project in collaboration with the ministry of health, Dr. Adeline Saguti Nyamwihura said that the project will be implemented within 5 Lake Zone region which are Mwanza, Simiyu, Shinyanga, Geita and Kagera. She continues that the project aims at improving the training systems to enable health training institution tutors provide good education to this cadre, improve collaborative supervision skills through health service supervision teams from districts and regions on how to manage performance of the CHWs, likewise to strengthen teaching infrastructure in the selected 10 health training institution and 4 hospitals.
Tutors from different Health Training institutions attentively following up the teaching during the training held in Kibaha, Coastal region.
The CHW project is a 3 year project (2016 – 2018) implemented in partnership with the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) through the financial aid from Comic Relief.