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.