The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation’s (BMAF) held for the first time an upcountry fundraising event for the Mkapa Fellows Programme II, which registered a major success with the ability to raise Tshs 1.3 billion ( equivalent to US $ 800,000) surpassing the set target of Tshs 500 Million ( equivalent to US $ 300,000). This endeavor is a continuity of the local resource mobilization strategy of BMAF, which was inaugurated in year 2012 in the Capital City of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam, which was well received and donated by various stakeholders including the Irish aid, African Barrick Gold and more than fifty Corporates and Parastatal Institutions.
The Founder ( Settlor) of BMAF, who is the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa, recently appointed a new Board of Trustees followed by its inauguration on 13th August 2014, in a ceremony held at BMAF headquarters offices in Dar es salaam.The newly seven appointed Trustees comprise of Ambassador Charles Sanga who is the Chairman of the Board, Mrs. Blandina Nyoni, Eng. Ladislaus Salema and Mr. Ali Ahmed Uki. Others who were re-appointed after serving in the outgoing Board are Prof. Eden Maro and Dr. Adeline Kimambo. Dr Dr. Yahya Ipuge who was earlier a Board Observer, is now appointed as a Board of Trustee and Mrs. Eileen Swai was also re-appointed as the Board Observer.
Community members and Health workers in Tunduru District Council located in southern part of Tanzania namely, Ruvuma region have all the reasons to smile and cheer after they were handed 10 staff houses for Health workers to facilitate their stay at the remote health facilities within their district. The 10 houses are among the 40 houses built in Ruvuma Region, whereby its four districts namely, Mbinga, Songea, Tunduru and Namtumbo benefited from 10 newly constructed staff houses each.
On 24th June 2014, BMAF’s Management team and staff welcomed the Settlor of the Foundation H.E Benjamin William Mkapa and The Board of Trustee to the 7th annual consultative meeting. The one-day meeting took place at BMAF’s Headquarter in Masaki, Dar es Salaam. During the meeting the Board of Trustee’s that is about to end its tenure of service, presented a three-year performance report of the activities it has overseen as the governing body of the Foundation. The Organization’s performance based on the planned activities for the past three years has been on average of 76%. Some of the registered key achievements include development of strategic documents such as the BMAF New Strategic Plan 2013-2018, BMAF Procurement Manual and BMAF Internal Audit Charter to mention a few.
Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare handed over five (5) new obstetric theaters and basic equipment’s to health centers in Rukwa region. The theaters were constructed through BMAF’s signature programme namely, the Mkapa Fellows, which is a five (5) year initiative aims to improve HIV/AIDS care and Treatment, Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) and Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) services through Human Resource for Health, Infrastructure development and Capacity building in rural underserved and hard to reach areas. It is also part of the initiative to support one National Strategy (One Plan) aimed to reduce Maternal death in the country.
Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through “Health Systems Strengthening Projects” funded by the Global Fund Round 9 (GFR9) to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has handed newly over thirty (30) constructed houses in Singida Region. The beneficiaries District Councils are Iramba, Manyoni and Singida DC, whereby each District Councils were handed over 10 houses.Inaugurating the handing over ceremony, The Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania who is also the BMAF Settlor, His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa handed over 30 houses for the health workers to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The Mkapa Foundation (BMAF) has officially launched Mkapa Fellows Program phase 2, a five year program from 2012 to 2017.
In a press conference held on 4th February 2013, at BMAF headquarters offices in Dar es Salaam, The CEO for Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, launched the program and articulated that the program aims to strengthen HIV/AIDS and maternal and newborn health services in rural underserved and hard to reach areas. She added “ Within 5 years of its implementation, the project targets to deploy 150 professional skilled health workers and 30 health administrators to work in 15 districts of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.”
Dr. Senkoro reiterated that the project will construct and equip 30 obstetric theaters and provide clinical training and mentorship in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, Prevention of HIV from Mother to Child and Emergency Obstetric care to the recruited fellows and existing health workers.
The Chief Executive Officer for Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro (left), giving information on Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 when launching the program
In addition Dr. Senkoro explained that the program will be implemented in two (2) waves, whereas the first wave shall be from 2012 – 2014, and the second wave from 2015 – 2017. She added “In the first wave of the program, thirty two (32) skilled health professionals will be recruited and deployed in 9 health facilities of 6 districts of Sumbawanga Rural, Nkasi, Kalambo, Kahama, Kishapu and Biharamulo. She added that the fellows will receive orientation and clinical training on HIV /AIDS before deployment to their duty stations, and this is planned to take place mid month of February 2013 in Iringa.
Mkapa Foundation’s Program Manager Health Services Delivery, Dr. Zuweina Kondo-Sushy (left), during a Press Conference to launch Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 Program
The Fellows and other health staff will also undergo training on Emergency Obstetric care for 4 months as from June 2013.
BMAF plans to commence the construction of the 8 theatres and renovation of 1 theatre in the respective 6 districts as from April 2013. Moreover, the initiative shall begin with community outreach and awareness services to men, women and youth living within the catchment area of the health facilities.
The implementation of the program follows successful fundraising in June 2012 whereby corporates, development partners and individuals pledged a total of Tshs. 3.2bn/= to support the first wave of the program. Following this initiative, the program has officially commenced in 2013.
Dr. Senkoro further added that up to December 2012, 61% of the pledges had been honored by the various partners, “We thank all our funders and sponsors, that extend from Development Partners to more than 50 various Corporates and Individuals.
Meanwhile, Mkapa Foundation’s Program Manager for Health Services Delivery, Dr. Zuweina Kondo-Sushy, also highlighted some key findings that were noted during the rapid assessment survey done in the beneficiary districts in late 2012. She said “ the survey facilitated identification of areas that need health workers, type of skills missing, type of theatre required if its for renovation or construction and so forth. Impliedly, some gaps shall be attended by MFP II and other gaps will be addressed by the respective district authorities and other partners or NGOS within the area”.
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