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.
A team of Global Fund mission from Geneva that oversees the Tanzania portfolio including the Health Systems Strengthening Project Round 9 visited the country to get first hand information on the implementation of the project. Among its other mission objectives is to conduct negotiations with the Government and partners for the funding of the phase two of the project.
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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