On 17th June 2015, the Management of Mkapa Foundation held its 2nd annual meeting with partners and donors. The meeting brings together existing and new partners of BMAF that include representative from the Government, Development Partners, Corporates and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) received a donation of Tshs 100 million from Anglo Gold Ashanti (Geita Gold Mining - GGM) during a ceremony to launch the 2015 Kilimanjaro Challenge held on 22nd May 2015 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The funds were disbursed as part of GGM support in the fight against HIV/AIDS to many agencies such as BMAF, Huruma Orphanage and others. Gracing the event was the Former President of United Republic of Tanzania who is a Champions of AIDS free generation, His Excellency Benjamin W. Mkapa.
The Benjamin W. Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) in 11th – 22nd May 2015 conducted training to 31 tutors from various health institutions in Morogoro. The training which is financially supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Round 9 is part of BMAF’s program of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) which targets to close the gap of skilled health workers availability..
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.
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,
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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