BMAF in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare recruited 230 health workers who are deployed in 35 districts and 75 Tutors who will be placed in 14 Health Training Institutions. This initiative under the Global Fund Round 9 intended to complement government efforts in addressing shortage of Health workers and tutors in the underserved Districts and Health training Institutions respectively. In an effort to continue to strengthen the health system through staff orientation, BMAF conducted a two day orientation workshop for the health workers and tutors who have been recruited.The orientation that took place in Morogoro- Veta Hall, with the aim of equipping the staff with knowledge on project objectives,
The Benjamin Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) received a sum of Tshs. 50 Millions from its donor AngloGold Ashanti’s- Geita Gold Mine as a donation of implementing its 5 year home grown initiatives Mkapa Fellows Program II (MFP II) which will be implemented from 2012-2017.Speaking to the media during the press conference held on 18th october 2013 at BMAF’S head office, Dr. Ellen Mkondya Senkoro the CEO of BMAF said “We thank you AngloGold Ashanti -Geita Gold Mine for the partnership and the generous donation of Tshs. 50 m/= towards MFP II for this year,2013 as you are the first company that has decided to continue supporting us.”
It was a day of happiness as the community residing in the village of Kasense located in Sumbawanga Municipal Council had their closely located dispensary - Chipu dispensary now become operational, after obtaining staff houses which will enable to accommodate health workers that can adequately serve them. The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation handed over 20 out of 30 houses to be built in Rukwa Region in a ceremony held at the Chipu dispensary located in Sumbwanga Municipal Council. The staff houses construction is one of the components of the Health Systems Strengthening Programme funded by Global Fund Round 9 to fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis .
The Benjamin W. Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) launched its 2nd strategic plan on 4th September 2013. The Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and the founder of the Mkapa Foundation, His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa, made the launch, the occasion held at the Serena Hotel was witnessed by more than 150 invited guests coming from the Government institutions, private sector, development partners and civil society organizations. During the launching ceremony, the CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mondya Senkoro highlighted that the organization has grown in scope over the past seven years, and has been translating its vision and mission through its first 5-year Strategic Plan in-order to meet its goals effectively and efficiently.
The first national Conference on Human Resource for Health which was opened by the President of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on 3rd September 2013, ended on a high note on 5th September 2013, with promising solutions based on a closer partnership among public and private players to alleviate the human resource for health in Tanzania. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Donan Mmbando officially closed the two and a half day technical meeting which was held in Dar Es Salaam. He reiterated the proper timing of the conference as the government was now preparing the National Human Resource for Health Strategic Plan (2014-2019).
The first to be held national conference on Human Resource for Health, was officially opened on 3rd September 2013, by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam.The conference which has been organized by the Ministry of health and social welfare in collaboration with Benjamin Mkapa Foundation and Intra health International aims to highlight the importance of public private partnership in realizing national and international health goals and developing national commitments to scale up availability of skilled health workers for achieving universal health access.
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”.
The Government of Tanzania is committed to the equitable delivery of quality health services. Read more...
Mkapa Fellows is a pioneering, innovative human resources for health program that supports government efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS. Read more...
The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) is collaborating with Intrahealth International to implement Tanzania Human Resources.
“Your contribution makes our work possible”
Donate by phone or by e-mail, or to the account below:
Telephone: Tel:+255 (22) 2600531/ +255 (22) 2600540/2
We will assist you with the process and answer any questions you may have about your contribution to our Foundation. Your contribution will enable smooth operation of the Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation activities at the sites to reach their clients easily.
We need your help today. Please send the most generous support you can afford to create a future of hope for the rural poor Tanzanians. The account to donate is shown below:
Account Name: Mkapa Fellows Program
Account Number: 0250008907
Bank Name: Bank M (Tanzania) Limited
Swift Code: BNKMTZTZ