Mkapa Fellows Alumni members meet on its 2nd Annual General Meeting
Fellows that comprise the Mkapa Fellows Alumni Association (MFAA) met for the second annual general meeting on 3rd and 4th June 2013 at the NSSF Waterfront House in a 2 day meeting which was officially opened by Mr. John Ulanga, Executive Director of The Foundation for Civil society.
Several agendas were presented during the meeting including discussion on the MFAA annual report, achievements noted as a result of MFAA members actions in their different areas of work, its two years work plan and election for the new MFAA leaders.
In attendance to the meeting were 63 Alumni Fellows out of 80 members. The meeting resulted into election of new nine (9) dedicated leaders that will formulate the Executive Committee as per the MFAA constitution and these include
Dr Alexander Christopher-MFAA President
Dr Edwin Kilimba-MFAA vice President,
Dr Muhadili Shemsanga-MFAA General Secretary
Dr Joseph Gasper-MFAA deputy G/Secretary,
Sr Apia Chambo-MFAA treasurer,
Mr Horrace Mbungani-MFAA deputy treasurer
Sr Magreth Safe-EC Member,
Dr Godian Mtwangambate –EC Member,
Dr Theresia Nyambi-EC Member,
They also agreed to actively finalize its pending project proposal on improving health services in remote areas of Tanzania by appointing three 3 members of the task force, namely Dr Muhadili Shemsanga, Dr Edwin Kilimba and Dr Godian Mtwangambate.
In this meeting member also consensually agreed that in order for the MFAA to attain its vision and mission, it needs to consider on four things that is Volunteerism, Commitment, Creativity and Ownership. The Alumni should cultivate that culture in order to realize its dreams and sustain the good track records of Fellows being born from the Mkapa Fellows Program.
Part of what prevailed during the MFAA 2 year work plan discussion includes the need to consider publicity of the Alumni by participating in national and International forums and preparing and distribution of publicity materials. In addition, the plan included supporting a team of 15 mentors (Fellows) to perform mentorship activity on HIV/AIDS and Maternal health related services. It also requested integration of MFAA Into the bigger BMAF fundraising efforts. They also agreed to still secure some funds to implement at least two projects by the end of two years. All these they agreed will be possible following MFAA being able to recruit and hire a coordinator for the Alumni. Furthermore, they agreed on having strong network amongst themselves, through social network including Facebook, Twitter and Group mail.
During the last day of MFAA meeting, the Fellows had a brief cocktail with the Settler of the Mkapa Foundation, H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa who was also joined by the Chair of the Board of Trustees- Major General Retired Herman Lupogo, the CEO of the Foundation – Dr. Ellen M. Senkoro and other technical staff of BMAF.
The Settler had a chance to have a one to one discussion with each of the Fellows in groups that enabled him hear on their progress including challenges encountered and how they have applied skills and experience gained from Fellows Programme, to sort out bottlenecks they faced in their work.