It’s that time of the year when we revisit the Life and Times of H.E. The Late Former President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa. The Legacy of one of the Great Sons of Africa a commendable, eloquent statesman who diligently worked not only for the transformation and progress of Tanzania, but for the Regional and Global space, realizing that all could complement the progress of humanity and consciously be gentle on the planet that sustains us Particularly for us he contributed greatly towards making Universal Health Coverage a reality.

“At this stage we ourselves can mobilize our capacity to solicit partnerships external to our region- on the continent and on the world stage” BENJAMIN.W. MKAPA

In the 1st Mkapa Legacy Symposium in July 2021, His Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, and Chair of Revolutionary Council, extended his invitation for BMF to hold the 2nd Mkapa Legacy Symposium in Zanzibar in 2022. Following that formal invitation, BMF in collaboration with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar will host the 2nd Mkapa Legacy Symposium for 2 days, with the confirmed dates of 13th and 14th July 2022.

This year’s hallmark MKAPA LEGACY SYMPOSIUM objective is to ensure the legacy of President Mkapa lives on within nationally, regionally and across the Global community, extending to the world stage. The Symposium discussion is proposed to center around innovative integration of health in socio-economic sustainable development through promising models and approaches that accelerate the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Symposium structure

The symposium aims to actively engage different target audiences and notable personalities that include high-level dignitaries from within Tanzania and Global leaders, policy makers, diplomatic corps, decision makers, corporates, and researchers, a cohort guaranteed to deliver the valuable best. The Guest of Honor is expected to be the Her Excellency Madam Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of United Republic of Tanzania, invited and hosted by His Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi. President of Zanzibar and Chair of the Revolutionary Council, who is also the Settlor of the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation.

The two-day symposium will include:

  1. The 1st full day panel session(s) (13th July 2022) will be structured to have participation from in-country and global leaders/influential dignitaries from Tanzania, African region and beyond, as well as subject matter experts. Below are the 2 subthemes which will be discussed during the Symposium geared towards improved health care access and better health outcomes of the people.


Sub-theme 1: Accelerating Strategic Health Transformation in Tanzania through Business Coalition for Health

This panel will focus on promoting strategic investment partnership in health through a business coalition for health model, by learning from other championed countries in Africa on this strategy to obtain workable practical solutions, strategic options, and frameworks for accelerating adoption of business coalition for health in Tanzania. Furthermore, the panel will aim at obtaining and building concrete interest and commitment from key stakeholders to allow take off this key health investment strategy, building from generic interest and commitments made from the last year’s 2021 Mkapa Legacy Symposium.

The current status of health services provision in Tanzania is a case in point which will be looked at, considering the government burden and private sector contribution towards accessible, quality health care services. Private sector presenting an untapped but promising area. And so the discussion is expected to be an exploration into enhancing strategic partnership of mutual benefit with private sector players.

Sub-theme 2: Innovative Public- Private Partnerships (PPP) approaches towards attaining Universal Health Coverage

This panel aims at establishing and promoting  uptake of effective, innovative and evidence based Public and Private Sectors Partnership strategies in accelerating attainment of UHC targets and quality of service.

The 60 million estimated population of Tanzania is served by 10,027 health facilities, whereas 62.4% are public health facilities, 37.6% are private health facilities and 12.7% are faith based/NGO owned facilities. In the past 5- 7 years, the Government of Tanzania has registered significant health infrastructure investment countrywide with additional 1333 new Government hospitals/health facilities, coupled by equipping them with basic medical equipment, supplies and medication.

It is against this contemplative background that sub-theme 2 panel will take place.

What is notable about this panel session is that it will have 2 concurrent plenary sessions as follows:

Plenary Session One: Improving efficiency and quality of care in health service through business models approaches.

Plenary Session Two: Creating a holistic evidence-based review of the PPP policy, its implementation and enabling policy environment in accelerating UHC and quality of service.


2. The 2nd day will be a half day high-level closing ceremony which will involve presenting the key actionable take aways from the panel sessions, reciting different statements from the comrades who lived and worked with HE. Mkapa, The reflections will hopefully capture the personal, regional, and global impact and resilient leadership of the late former President Benjamin Mkapa influencing the Mkapa Foundation attributes and actions in continuing the legacy, bringing hope, and changing lives of people, especially the needy.

“There is a thought that poverty is a public policy failure; poverty is man made by action and non-action; poverty can be eliminated.” BENJAMIN. W. MKAPA


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