On 17th June 2015, the Management of Mkapa Foundation held its 2nd annual meeting with partners and donors. The meeting brings together existing and new partners of BMAF that include representative from the Government, Development Partners, Corporates and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) received a donation of Tshs 100 million from Anglo Gold Ashanti (Geita Gold Mining - GGM) during a ceremony to launch the 2015 Kilimanjaro Challenge held on 22nd May 2015 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The funds were disbursed as part of GGM support in the fight against HIV/AIDS to many agencies such as BMAF, Huruma Orphanage and others. Gracing the event was the Former President of United Republic of Tanzania who is a Champions of AIDS free generation, His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa.
The Benjamin W. Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) in 11th – 22nd May 2015 conducted training to 31 tutors from various health institutions in Morogoro. The training which is financially supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Round 9 is part of BMAF’s program of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) which targets to close the gap of skilled health workers availability..
It was nine years ago on 13th April 2006 that the Benjamin W. Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation famously known as “ BMAF” or “Mkapa Foundation”, was founded by the third phase President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa. The main objective of the Institution is to complement and support efforts of the government in improving health and well-being of Tanzanians, especially those residing in rural areas.
In its on-going efforts to ensure reliable and accessible health services to Tanzanians living in remote areas, Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania sustained its devotion to turn down the perennial shortage of health workers, especially in rural underserved areas of the country. Among the measures schemed in efforts to push away the stretching shortage of health professionals in rural areas,
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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