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Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Launches the National Health Work Force Volunteerism Guideline.

Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Launches the National Health Work Force Volunteerism Guideline

The Government of Tanzania has launched the National Health Workforce Volunteerism Guideline, meant to formalize, and standardize the health volunteer practices.

The new guideline comes as part of the strategy to curb shortage of skilled health personnel at health facilities in the country.

Speaking during the Annual Conference of Regional and District Medical Officers in Dodoma on 15th September 2021, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr. Doroth Gwajima said the Government still faces a critical shortage of human resources in the health sector.

She said the shortage hinders provision of quality health care, saying the implementation of the guideline will lead to the improvement of access and provision of quality health services in areas that are highly underserved.

“Now that we have launched this guideline, we don’t expect facilities to be in a critical shortage of healthcare workers, while we have graduates outside there who can now be engaged easily through this guideline to reduce the gap of health care workers at the facility level.  They will also improve their professionalism through volunteerism,” said Dr. Gwajima.

The preparation of the guideline is a milestone process made after a long way consultative process between the Government of Tanzania and Development Partners, including the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF), which identified the gap of human resources in the health sector that hinders provision of quality care.

Speaking after the event, the Health Workforce Manager from the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF), Mr. Gaddy Chuwa said the Foundation is an implementing partner working in complimenting Government’s efforts to deploy health care workers in most underserved areas.

Gaddy said BMF supported the development of this guideline by providing technical support and identification of the gap.

“We are working with the Government as partners through various projects, to fill the gap by deploying temporary health workforce in areas that are highly underserved. This guideline will not only reduce the gap of health care workers but improve coordination of health volunteers to reduce confusion and improve productivity within the health workforce of Tanzania,” said Gaddy.

Earlier, commenting on the guideline, Regional Medical Officers (RMOs) representative, Dr. Japhet Simeo, commended the collaborative effort done by implementing partners to ensure the guideline is launched and that it will help to address the shortage of healthcare in their working places.

“I would like to thank all stakeholders who supported the development of this guideline and in particular, BMF for deploying 900 skilled health care workers even before the presence of this guideline.  We are confident that we will use this guideline to address the shortage of health care workers to our facilities,” said Dr. Simeo.

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Mkapa Foundation Launches a Program to Curb Shortage of Healthcare Professionals in Zanzibar amid Response Strategy to COVID 19.

Mkapa Foundation Launches a Program to Curb Shortage of Healthcare Professionals in Zanzibar amid Response Strategy to COVID 19.

The Benjamin William Mkapa through its USAID – Afya Endelevu Activity has launched an extension of its interventions by hiring and deploying 105 skilled health care workers in Zanzibar to strengthen capacity of emergency response services and build capacity of health care workers.

The FIVE-year USAID Activity was launched in Zanzibar on 6th October 2021 by Hon. Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, Minister of Health, Social Welfare, Elders, Gender and Children who also echoes for the islanders to voluntarily go for COVID-19 vaccination.

Minister Mazrui said the country needs at least 60 per cent of its nationals to vaccinate to convince investors and tourists that Zanzibar is a safe place to invest and visit. “If we really want investors and tourists for job creation, let’s vaccinate or else investors and tourists will be scared to visit,” he argued.

The minister thanked the 687m/- project funders and implementers—the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF), respectively—for the support, which he said has come at an opportune time.

Under the support, 105 (Unguja 51 and Pemba 54) health workers have been hired on a nine-month contract to intensify the fight against the deadly corona virus. The new recruits will be deployed in the entry points, especially airports and seaports.

“But, we firmly believe that the new employees will as well help in addressing other health related challenges, which haunt the country,” Minister Mazrui said, admitting that the country still faces acute shortage of between 1,500 and 2,000 health workers.

The minister asked the project partners—USAID and BMF—to work closely with the revolutionary government in addressing a myriad of challenges in the health sector. He cited retention of health workforce as a serious problem in the country.

“We look forward for sustained close relationship in supervision of employees in the health sector; employment is one thing and productive and efficient performance is quite another,” said the minister.

BMF Chief Executive Officer Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro said the newly recruited 105 employees have received training and deployed to 33 heath facilities and entry points to boost health service delivery, identification and referrals for COVID-19 patients as well as campaigning for COVID vaccination.

She said the project, which started in February 2020, has hired 1,063 health workers in various categories in 103 district and town councils’ 499 health centres in 16 regions of Tanzania mainland.

Increased voluntary testing for HIV/AIDS, adherence to the use of antiretroviral drugs and strengthened maternal and child health care are among the inspiring outcomes of the project, Dr Senkoro said, hinting that the government offered permanent jobs to 40 out of the 1,063 health workers in the project.

She as well asked the revolutionary government to incorporate the 105 new health workers into the government employment to sustain the services even after the expiry of the project.

USAID Health Office Director Ananthy Thambinayagam said the Zanzibar’s ministry of health and the US aid agency are embarking on a new partnership to allocate, build capacity of the health workforce and create awareness to respond to the country’s priority public health needs.

“A a robust and adequately equipped health workforce is essential for continued advancement and sustained provision of quality health care and emergency responses like COVID19,” she said, adding: “USAID

supports investments in the health workforce because strong and capable human resources for health save lives, especially now with COVID-19 pandemic.”A group of men wearing white lab coats and masks

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Permanent Secretary in the ministry Dr Fatma Mrisho reminded the new workers to work hard and diligently to bring changes, “We want outcome, there should be a visible difference between your presence and absence.”

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President Samia Launches the BMF Endowment Fund

As idealistic as he was, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa wanted to see the Mkapa Foundation lasts for generations to come, and jointly with the Board of Trustees several strategies of resource mobilization  were adopted to ensure long term sustainability of the Foundation. Amongst the strategies is the establishment of an Endowment Fund.

Commenting on the Endowment Fund, the Chairperson of the Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation  Board of Trustees, Dr. Adeline Kimambo, said the aim of establishing the Fund was to enable it to be a sustainable source of funding that would allow the Foundation  to fulfill its responsibilities. 

“This Endowment Fund will be a strong innovative finance tool that will provide BMF with a sustainable and long term source of income. This Fund will help the institution to have the financial resources that it will invest, and our goal is to reach an Endowment Fund of Tanzanian Shilling 33 billion ($ 15 million) by 2025/26 ,” said Dr. Kimambo.

Dr. Adeline Kimambo, Chair of The Benjamin Mkapa Foundation’s Board of Trustees delivering her speech during Mkapa Legacy Symposium 2021

She said the Foundation had been all along financed  by various development partners  including the Norway Government that provided the initial financial support to establish the Foundation in the first five years, and follow on donors, which include the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria; Irish aid; Abbott Fund;  USAID; UNICEF; UK-FCDO(DFID); UNFPA; UK Comic Relief and Walter Reed. She appreciated their continued trust on BMF to work with them in attaining the national development goal and pleaded them to continue their support towards the Endowment Fund.

Dr. Kimambo said the Fund would support implementation of the Foundation’s  five-year Strategic Business Plan ( 2019-2024) and beyond, as such complement the donor financed  initiatives through the Insitution.  .

“The financial resources which will be mobilized towards the Endowment Fund will be invested in perpetuity to generate fixed income streams that will be used to attain the UHC targets, which was the fundamental drive by HE. Mkapa.  All investments that are to be made will follow the investment principles, and we will ensure that the funds are used for the intended purposes,” said the board chair. 

She said the Fund would focus on several areas such as provision of scholarships on health related studies,  hiring health professionals (Mkapa fellows), supporting emerging diseases response such as COVID-19 and enabling peripheral health facilities to have better infrastructure, medical equipment, and medicine. In addition the Fund will support community based organizations that have continued working with the community on attending public health challenges.

For his part, President Samia commended the Foundation for coming up with the idea of ​​setting up an Endowment Fund and promised that the Government would contribute to the Fund.

“The Government supports the establishment of this Fund, and it is my promise that the Government will contribute,” said President Samia as she was cheered by the participants in the occasion.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the event’s Chief Guest

President Samia said the Government would continue the existing partnership with the Foundation  in implementing its five-year Strategic Business Plan that aligns well to the National Health Sector Strategic Plan V.

Earlier, the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro said since the Foundation’s establishment 15 years ago, BMF  has touched more than 20 million people, especially those living in rural areas.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya- Senkoro, Benjamin Mkapa Foundation Chief Executive Officer

She said the Foundation has employed about 9,000 health professionals cumulatively and made it a civil society organization that employed many workers in the post-government health sector.

Similarly, she said the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation has managed to build and renovate 537 health facilities across the country and enable more citizens to access health services in their areas.

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Non-State Actors Eulogize President Samia’s Action Against Covid-19

Non-State Actors (NSAs) in Tanzania have acknowledged efforts taken by President Samia Suluhu Hassan in developing and adopting a revised comprehensive and integrated Nation Covid-19 response Plan.

Speaking at the 5th Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP-V) launch in Dodoma, The Chief Executive Officer of the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya, said, National Covid-19 response plan implemented by the Government aligns with World Health Organization (WHO) defined pillars. Dr. Mkondya was speaking on behalf of NSAs during the launching of HSSP- V.

The event was also attended by Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, and Minister of State- President’s Office-Regional, Administration, and Local Government, Ummy Mwalimu.

Also present were Minister of State, Presidents Office-Public Services Management and Good Governance, Mohamed Mchengerwa, Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries, and heads of missions.

“In this regard, we once again echo the Non-State Actors’ full commitment to provide technical and financial assistance on addressing the COVID19 pandemic. From the experience of Ebola and now COVID 19, it is becoming evident that living with epidemics and health emergencies is becoming a new normal,” said Dr. Mkondya.

She urged the Government of Tanzania and its partners to improve all sectors from central, regional, district, and ward levels so that they can be able to tackle any harmful socio-economic effects of Covid-19 within the country.

“As we advance, we should remain committed to building and strengthening our health system to withstand recurring health emergencies ahead of us. This should go along with building resilient communities through a robust community health system,” Dr. Mkondya said.

Speaking on the HSSP-V, Dr. Mkondya acknowledged that the strategy has considered the growing linkages and interdependence between global and national health security. She insisted on embracing innovation and technology and focused on multi-sectoral, multilateralism and international collaboration.

Dr. Mkondya highlighted that the cost of the launched strategy is expected to reach 47 trillion shillings in five years, and it is better to seek new ways of mobilizing funding for health.

“We must seek new innovative ways to fundraise, to cut cost through leveraging innovation and technology, cutting waste by adopting health systems which are efficient, evidence and data-driven and both targeted and cost-effective,” she said.

Speaking during the launch, Minister of Health Dr. Dorothy Gwajima urged the development stakeholders to continue contributing and advised the public sector management to manage the strategy entirely. She also outlined strategic areas to include improving health services that align with needs, improving the readiness of preparation, and tackling epidemics.

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Benjamin Mkapa Foundation reaffirms its commitment to support Zanzibar Health Sector

The Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) is embarking on supporting the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar by improving the  Zanzibar’s health services through health systems strengthening approach, including improving human resources for health and health insurance services.

Speaking with the Zanzibar Minister for Health, Hon. Nassor Mazrui, recently in Zanzibar, the BMF Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro said the Foundation is keen   to be amongst the many partners who wish to respond to the vision of President Dr. Hussein Mwinyi of attaining health coverage for all.

“The Development Vision 2050 of Zanzibar which is further cemented by President H.E. Dr. Hussen Mwinyi vision of having  Universal Health Coverage in Zanzibar is commendable, and is an agenda which is finely aligning to the Mkapa Foundation Strategic direction”. Dr. Senkoro said.she said.

The Minister for Health informed the delegation that “Health Services in Zanzibar have been provided for free and this has created a financial burden to the Government. To align to the UHC principles, the Government is committed to have in place health Insurance for all, and we are in advanced stage to enact such legislations and policy. More workings will follow to ensure the poor segment of the population are well accommodated in this scheme of health insurance for all”. 

In a bid to address the health insurance for all , Dr. Senkoro said there is  need to make sure that the health services provision from dispensaries, health centers, district, and regional hospitals are in good condition and able to provide quality services in return so as to meet demand and client expectations. Hence it is critical to invest on the health facilities with adequate skilled health workers, medication and equipment beside infrastructure improvement. .

The  Mkapa Foundation met the Minister for Health to cement their renewed  partnership with the Revolution Government of Zanzibar. In Februarya and March 2021, BMF had a courtesy call with President Mwinyi followed by consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health, respectively. The latter meeting resulted into agreed areas of  priorities to be addressed through collaborative efforts of BMF and Government of Zanzibar.

“However, we have two areas which we shall support, which are human resources for health and health financing because this is where BMF has the competence and bold experience, and we can work on that area much better,” she said.

In addition, Dr. Senkoro shared their experience in Mainland of  technically supporting the Government in planning, recruitment and deployment of health workers in the health facilities which could be customized and adopted in Zanzibar context. This was made possible also through different financing partners such as Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, USAID, Irish aid and others. 

She further informed the Minister for Health on the willingness of BMF to technically support Zanzibar on responding to emerging diseases such as COVID-19 understanding that we require resilient health systems at the health facilities and community for health promotion, prevention and also quality care on  COVID-19 cases. BMF commended the Government for the recent announcement on the plans for deployment of COVID-19 vaccine and again BMF is keen to support to reach the intended goals set by the Ministry of Health.  

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Non-State Actors Plea for More COVID-19 Engagement

Non-State Actors (NSAs) have requested the Government of Tanzania to integrate emerging disease in the routine health system and services as among several thresholds of actions to strengthen health sectors to respond to a pandemic such as COVID-19.

Presenting recommendations to the government at a dialogue meeting with PORALG in Dodoma, NSAs Chairperson Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, said the Government has a role in strengthening and activating Rapid Response teams at regional and district levels, prevention, treatment, and surveillance.

” In the anticipation for the third wave of COVID-19 and COVID 19 vaccine, we need to fortify our focus in highly populated areas of the country, at the borders and neighboring districts where we have observed a high number of COVID-19 infections,” said Dr. Ellen, also the CEO of Mkapa Foundation.

The meeting held on 14th June 2021 comprised various health organization heads in Tanzania, including CEOs, Country Directors, and Chief of Parties.

NSAs commended H.E. President Samia Suluhu Hassan for taking a leading role in addressing the COVID-19 and establishing a committee of experts to offer professional advice. The committee has since completed and submitted the report with recommendations to President for further action. Dr. Ellen said NSAs are enthusiastic about participating in the implementation of action plans outlined in the report.

“We are appealing for an active and meaningful engagement and discussion with the Government on the pillars towards a better health system, especially on the community level where we are more based,” continued Dr. Ellen.

On their part, NSAs promised to offer technical and financial technical assistance through donor funding to support and run programs at the national, community and facility levels.

Dr. Ellen commended PORALG for extending an invitation to NSAs and reviving the dialogue and acknowledged its importance, saying the platform will enable NSAs to bring ideas and their voice heard.

Looking forward to future dialogue, NSAs requested incorporating the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, as the sectorial ministry to improve coordination and shared understanding of critical issues in the health sector.

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Mkapa Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day

Mkapa Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day

On 8th March BMF joined the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) by holding a discussion involving BMF Staff, Mkapa Fellows Alumni and Program Health Care Workers to deliberate on the opportunities that women as leaders can tap in overcoming challenges at the workplace especially during this era of COVID-19. This was held in line with this year’s global campaign theme of choosing to challenge.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, the CEO of Mkapa Foundation who was the keynote speaker presented to the participants of the discussion on the eight traits that help build powerful female leaders. The traits highlighted the need for powerful women leaders in this era to have strength, perseverance, ability to create women empowered workplaces, adaptable skills, ability to know how to ignore bad advice, grit, ability to know how to ask and tenacity.  

She also highlighted and emphasized to the women that despite the eight traits, it is important for families to be considered as a socialization agency. “Families play a big role in raising future leaders as these traits can be in built from a childhood level,” she said.

Mkapa Foundation as an organization with women in top leadership continues to annually celebrate women achievements. This year, the Foundation participates in the global campaign to choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. This comes after evidence portrays that despite women’s increased engagement in public decision-making roles, equality is far off. Women hold about 21 percent of Ministerial positions globally, only three countries have 50 percent or more women in Parliament and 22 countries are headed by a woman. At the current rate of progress, gender equality will not be reached among Heads of Government until 2150, another 130 years.

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Mkapa Foundation Envisions to Scale Up Health Systems Strengthening Initiatives in Zanzibar

Mkapa Foundation Envisions to Scale Up Health Systems Strengthening Initiatives in Zanzibar

A BMF delegation led by the Chair of Board of Trustees, Dr. Adeline Kimambo; Board Member Dr. Ali Uki; Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro and Director of Programs, Ms. Rahel Sheiza on 16th February 2021 met with His Excellency Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, the President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

During this visit, The Chair of the Board acknowledged His Excellency Dr. Mwinyi for his Founding vision and setting a firm foundation as the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mkapa Foundation, that established a strong base to the legacy of BMF to-date.

She further informed President Mwinyi of the continued vision of BMF in complementing the Government efforts geared towards improving health and well-being of people in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

H.E. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi was also made aware of the Foundation’s vision towards re-building its partnership with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar which had begun since year 2006. A vision that is well in alignment with the BMF Strategic Business Plan and aims to build upon lessons and best practices from implementation in the Mainland, as well as working through local priorities and building solutions with effective engagement of the local structures of ZNZ through human centered designs. The Foundation’s initial focus of this Partnership will aim at enhancing leadership, governance and stewardship in Health sector; Human Resource for Health (HRH); Health Infrastructure; Health Financing; Resilient Community Interventions/Systems and Emergency Response Initiatives, which will be carried through effective engagement of the respective authorities in Zanzibar.  

His Excellency Dr. Hussein Mwinyi expressed his honor to be part of the founding governance team and acknowledged BMF’s growth and high impact that it has made in improving the wellbeing of the needy population in Tanzania. He further expressed his gratitude towards BMF re-initiated partnership with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and being able to maintain the legacy of the Late Former President Benjamin William Mkapa.

He further alluded to the BMF delegation on his focused priority to reinforce the health systems and particularly to enhance a functional health financing mechanism including health Insurance in the Isles, as efforts to ensure accessibility and sustainability of quality health services and Universal Health Coverage. He expressed his willingness and commitment to support home-grown initiatives developed jointly by BMF and the Government of Zanzibar, targeting Health Systems Strengthening. He further acknowledged the current BMF support through UNFPA financing in improving quality service delivery by hiring and supporting 21 Health Care Professionals.

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Benjamin Mkapa Foundation Deploys 1,072 New Community Health Workers in Four Regions

Benjamin Mkapa Foundation Deploys 1,072 New Community Health Workers in Four Regions

Newly recruited Community Health Workers with the Mwanza Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Tuluba (in a black suit at the center), The BMF Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro (right) and the Mwanza Ag. Regional Medical Officer, Dr. Silas Wambura (left) during the launching session at VETA Conference, Nyakato, Mwanza region on 28th September 2020.

Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) through financial support from the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) through UK Aid, has deployed a total of 1,072Community Health Workers in 10 councils of Mwanza (346), Arusha (221), Kilimanjaro (279) and Pwani (226) regions.

BMF officiated the deployment process including orientation and signing of contracts for all the newly recruited Community Health Workers based in Mwanza region while the same process is ongoing in the other three beneficiary regions. The launch was attended by the Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Tuluba on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), The Ag. Regional Medical Officer, Dr. Silas Wambura, District Medical Officers and other representatives from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) and President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG).

The Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr. Emmanule Tuluba giving his opening remarks to the newly recruited Community Health Workers during the launching session.

In his opening remarks, the Regional Administrative Secretary acknowledged the newly recruited Community Health Workers for willing to serve their communities in provision of various health related services. He also acknowledged BMF and the respective Government representatives for preparing the orientation to the Community Health Workers who are the linkage between the communities and strengthening of primary health care in the Country. He also insisted to Regional and Council Health Management Teams (RHMTs/CHMTs) to monitor the Community Health Workers activities so as to see progress on not only the investment done but on health service provision in general.

The Regional Medical Officer also had an opportunity to speak to the newly recruited Community Health Workers where he acknowledged the support from BMF in improving health services within the Region through the Community Health Workers.

“Currently, we have 577 Community Health Workers in Mwanza deployed with the support of Mkapa Foundation,” He said. He also instructed Community Health Workers to use the working tools provided as they are intended to be used.

Additionally, The Chief Executive Officer of Benjamin Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro explained that BMF since its establishment in 2006, has continued to partner with the Government, in its efforts to strengthen quality health services. Deployment of Community Health Workers has been done in phases, and with the recent deployment of these 1,072, they make a total of 2,021 Community Health Workers supported by BMF to continue with provision of community-based health services including reproductive and child health, TB/ HIV/AIDS, nutrition and outbreaks such as Corona. She further explained that the deployment of Community Health Workers follows the Community Based Health Strategy and Policy Guideline of 2020 which was launched by Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

The Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro giving her remarks during the launching session.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children as well as the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government for the great contributions they made to accomplish this important task today. I would like to acknowledge that, we have had enough cooperation in ensuring that all employment procedures are followed”. She said

Key roles of Community Health Workers were noted to include but not limited to enhancing community and facility linkages for improving accessibility to quality health services, retention to health care, health promotion and prevention services-including health seeking behavior, promoting enrollment to community health insurance, provision of community based basic essential health services, community mobilization to enhance sustainable access to quality services, support provision of community health education and palliative services provisions including timely referral of eligible cases and facilitate the collection and sharing of community level public health and social welfare data for decision making.

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Mkapa Foundation Reaches Grassroots with Health Care

Mkapa Foundation Reaches Grassroots with Health Care

The Benjamin Mkapa Foundation has pledged to continue building on the dream and vision of its Founder and Settlor, the late President Benjamin Mkapa in order to positively impact the health sector in Tanzania and Africa in general.

In her message on the passing of President Mkapa, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of BMF Dr. Adeline Kimambo said that, his life touched many of his compatriots, and there were many more whose lives are much better today because of his life and his contribution. 

Dr. Adeline Kimambo, the current Chair of the BMF Board of Trustees

“We are grateful for the gift of President Mkapa’s life to us, and to millions more others, whose lives were touched by his leadership and service,” Dr Kimambo noted.

She said President Mkapa’s vision in establishing the Foundation after his retirement from office was to promote his efforts in combating HIV/AIDS as well as reinforcing better access to health care and services for Tanzanians.

“In this regard the Foundation has had an exceptional working relationship with the government and partners in development on improving availability and accessibility to quality health care, with special focus on remote, low resource settings and underserved areas,” she said.

She further explained that in 14 years of its existence, the Foundation has successfully undertaken and implemented multiple projects that have positively improved and impacted health sector in both Mainland and Zanzibar.

“These have contributed towards the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They have also supported Maternal, Adolescent and Children Health, and as well increasing availability of skilled health workers at the health facilities, community health workers and overall improvement of health facility infrastructure,” Dr. Kimambo said.

She noted that the untimely death of President Mkapa was an irreplaceable loss to their Foundation but it gives them reason to celebrate his accomplishments and achievements.

Dr. Kimambo said that BMF will carry on his legacy by working tirelessly with the government, development partners, private sector, and the citizen to ensure provision of healthcare is improved, and people live healthy lives.  

On her part, BMF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro said the life of the former statesman has touched and transformed the lives of millions within and outside Tanzania.

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, The BMF Chief Executive Officer

“We are proud that at his death in his 81 years, so much has been done under his able guidance, watch and enabling pair of hands. We are grateful for the trust and confidence he bestowed on us and for the opportunity given to us to help translate his vision into action and his purpose into impact,” she said.

She said BMF will continue to remember him for his fine intellectual capability, strong personal values, firm decisions and his unwavering respect for humanity and dignity, which influenced immensely their values as a Foundation.

“Mkapa will remain an inspiration to us and the successive generations of the BMF family. He will forever remain in our hearts. May his soul rest in eternal peace- Amen,” Dr. Senkoro said.

Through his Foundation, President Mkapa has left a permanent mark in the health sector that touches lives of grassroots Tanzanians, especially the decision he made while he was the president and afterwards.

On July this year the Foundation employed 575 health workers, who will be deployed in 13 regions in dire need of the staff in efforts to boost health service delivery in the country.

Since its establishment in the past 14 years, the Foundation has reached 6,773,914 Tanzanians who have benefited directly from its services, while 13,087,606 people benefited indirectly.

Through its collaboration with the government, BMF has conducted outreach services reaching more than 600,000 people who have been screened, counselled and enrolled in starting HIV/AIDS treatment.

Other services provided by the institution include family planning which has benefited 20,687 women, cervical cancer screening to 64,849 and tuberculosis screening to 40,017 people of which 1,800 were detected with the disease.

According to a report released by BMF, to date the institution has  managed to  dispatch more than 3,000 health workers in villages, where 50 percent finally secured employment in civil service.

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