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.
For the past two years, The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) has been implementing various programs that aim at complementing Government efforts in strengthening health systems for better services on HIV/AIDS, Maternal health and others. Among these programs include the Regional Hospital Laboratory Strengthening and The Mkapa Fellows Program II.A two (2) days “Policy Table Discussion” was organized by BMAF in Dar es Salaam, whereby BMAF and other stakeholders (Local Government Authorities (LGA’s) and Regional Secretariat (RS) were invited to share successes and challenges faced during their program implementation.
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 .
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.
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