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.
MKAPA FOUNDATION KICKS OFF THE MKAPA FELLOWS PHASE II PROGRAM
Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) with the generous funding support from various partners including development agencies, corporates and individuals, has kicked off the Mkapa Fellows Phase II program. The program aims to strengthen HIV/AIDS and maternal and newborn health services in rural underserved and hard to reach areas.
As you are aware, BMAF held its fundraising effort in June 2012 and received total pledges of Tshs. 3.2bn/= to support the first wave of the program. Following this initiative, the program has officially commenced in 2013.
The Mkapa Fellows Phase II program, which is a 5 years initiative (2012 – 2017), targets to deploy fellows who are 150 professional skilled health workers and 30 health administrators to work in 15 districts of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. The Program also gears towards constructing and equipping 30 obstetric theaters and providing clinical training and mentorship in HIV/AIDS, Prevention of HIV from Mother to Child and Emergency Obstetric care to the recruited fellows and existing health workers.
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. In the first wave of the program, thirty two (32) skilled health professionals will be recruited and deployed in 9 health centres of 6 districts of Sumbawanga Rural, Nkasi, Kalambo, Kahama, Kishapu and Biharamulo.
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 this month of February 2013 in Iringa.
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 eight (8) theatres and renovation of one (1) theatre in the respective 6 districts as from April 2013. Moreover, the initiative shall begin with community outreach, education and awareness services to men, women and youth living within the catchment area of the health facilities.
BMAF is extremely grateful to all our supporters. We acknowledge the Irish Aid for the generous funding support. Moreover, we are proud to be associated with the Corporates that have supported BMAF towards the first wave of Mkapa Fellows Program II including; African Barrick Gold, NSSF, Bank M, Quality Group, Clouds Media, NBC, NHIF, Stanbic Bank, Precision Air, Pan African Energy Tanzania Ltd and CRDB Bank Ltd.
We also thank Anglo Gold Ashanti, PPF, Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd, Bank of Tanzania, NMB, Infotech Investment, Manawa Ginneries Co. Ltd, Tanzania Investment Bank, WIA Group and Grey Investment. Our other supporters are LAPF, SWISSPORT T Ltd, Medical Stores Department (MSD), Computer Connections, Undi Company Ltd, Nashera Limited, Kibo Palace Hotel and Karimje Jivanjee Foundation.
Further fundraising efforts will continue in 2013 in order to gradually fill the gap of Tshs 12.8 bn/= that expects to support the second wave of MFP II. We thank all our partners and funders, and look forward to a continued partnership as we begin year 2013, and we kick off the Mkapa Fellows phase II.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BENJAMIN WILLIAM MKAPA HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION
Note to Editors:
Mkapa Fellows Program is a home grown innovative program implemented by Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation in collaboration with various partners including Government of Norway and Clinton Foundation. The program attracted and retained more than 90 percent of the health workers recruited to work in 33 rural Tanzania districts in phase I of implementation.
In phase I of the program from year 2005 to 2010, the results were a 5-fold increase in enrollment of clients receiving Anti-retroviral treatments (ART) in districts that Fellows served, from 10,000 in 2005 to 60,000 by December 2009. More than 120 Care and Treatment Clinics in the 33 districts were served by the fellows and 60 percent of the retained staffs were mainstreamed to Government public service, providing sustainability to the efforts initiated during the project.
The Government of Tanzania recognized BMAF’s expertise in creating and managing Human Resource for Health innovation program and began several collaborative program, including “Emergency Hiring Project” and “Health Systems Strengthening” project- both funded by Global Fund to fight against HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria. These have both led to recruitment of more than 400 health workers to scale up HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Tanzanian Mainland districts, construction of 90 staff houses for health workers in rural districts among other interventions.
Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation,
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Tanzania Tel: +255 (22) 2600540/2/3, +255 (22) 2600531,
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Ms. Sizarina Hamisi , Tel: +255 22 2600590,
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