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.
The Mkapa Foundation jointly with the Mkapa Fellows Alumni Association (MFAA) decided in December 2014 to mark the World AIDS Day with a difference. The two organizations carried outreach services of educating and providing health checks up and treatment to the inmates as well as conducting counseling and testing on HIV. This was a service availed within the compounds of the nation’s prison of Ukonga which is located 12.8 kilometers from Dar Es Salaam City Centre.
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,
In its determination to reduce deaths related with pregnancy and newborn in the country, BMAF through the Mkapa Fellows Program II (MFPII) has employed and deployed 30 health staff (fellows) to work in remote and rural areas in order to strengthen maternal and new born health services. Among the beneficiaries of the Fellows program is Ms. Catarina Pius a mother of four, a villager from Mwasubi village- Bunambiyu area. She says unlike her fourth born, all her three children were delivered at home
Tanzania is one of the country with significant shortage of health professional, whereby currently it stands at 56% shortage, with huge distribution disparity between rural and urban areas. In addition out of 100 Tanzanians at least 6 are infected with HIV and AIDS. Moreover, about 8000 pregnant women die every year due to preventable pregnancy related complications.
Thank you all members of the Board of Trustees for your deep sense of sadness at the passing away of Major General Lupogo. I personally have had opportunities of interacting with the Former Chair of the Board of Trustees in many important office duties he held during short life here with us in various capacities including leadership in the Army, Arusha International Conference Centre, TACAIDS and as my predecessor in the chairmanship of BMAF.
Aliyekuwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya wadhamini wa Taasisi ya Mkapa, Meja Jenerali Mstaafu Herman Lupogo akiongea na wadau wa maendeleo Jijini Dar es Salaam Kwa niaba ya Bodi ya Wadhamini, Menejimenti na Watumishi wa Taasisi ya BMAF tunasikitika kutoa taarifa juu ya kifo cha aliyekuwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Wadhamini wa Taasisi ya Benjamin William Mkapa hadi Agosti 2014, Meja Jenerali Mstaafu Herman Lupogo.
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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