Dear Partners and Friends,
Happy New Year 2014 from the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF).
We are pleased to have yet another year to continue serving the rural, hard to reach areas of Tanzania through imparting innovative and sustainable solutions to the communities.
In year 2013 women, men and children residing in the rural settings, enjoyed better health services rendered by about 234 health workers from BMAF led projects that have continued working hand in hand with the existing health workers of public health facilities. The services improved are mainly on HIV/AIDS, Maternal health, as well as Laboratory services.
Steadily our innovative approaches to complement government efforts in minimizing the nationwide 42% health workers gap continued, by ensuring that among the 290 health workers we had recruited through our different projects from year 2011to 2012, 81% (234) of them were successfully mainstreamed in year 2013 into permanent and pensionable Government employment system.
As means of attracting and retaining health workers in rural areas in the same vein improving their working conditions, we handed over 20 newly constructed staff houses to the Local Government Authorities of Rukwa region. This contributed to having one of the dispensary which was non-operational for 10 years to become functional, as now a clinical officer can be in place 24hours within the facility compound to give service to the community. . Meanwhile in 2013, we took off with the construction of additional 220 staff houses in 22 districts of Tanzania Mainland that will benefit more marginalised communities.
Our sole innnovative programme- the Mkapa Fellows officially began its 2nd phase in 2013 as a result of the generous funding support from Irish aid and more than 50 Corporate Companies that enabled hiring of the first 30 skilled health professionals ( Mkapa Fellows). In addition, skills developed through training coaching and mentoring of the Fellows and other health workers has enabled adults, children and pregnant women receive quality care.
Complications and deaths due to pregnancies, is an area which BMAF reinforced in 2013 through various health workers trainings ( including Fellows) on Emergency Obstetric Care, HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and mentorship, . In this regards, 62 health workers skills were improved thus better delivery of health services, whereby most of the beneficiaries came from Kishapu, Kahama, Sumbawanga Rural, Kalambo, Nkasi and Biharamulo districts together with Mkapa Fellows Alumni professionals. Likewise, 9 operating theatres began being constructed and renovated in the same districts and it’s expected compeltion in early 2014.
Partners and Friends, Policy and Advocacy continues to play a central role in our work. BMAF set an historical moment in 2013 by collaborating with Intrahealth International, the Government of Tanzania and other partners to host the first-ever National Human Resources for Health (HRH)Conference in Tanzania, which was officiated by the President of United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and also attended by high level dignitaries including the Settlor of BMAF, H.E Benjamin William Mkapa. Through the outcome of the HRH conference, Tanzania was able to firm up its national commitments to the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (GHWA) which was held in Recife, Brazil in November 2013. BMAF will still maintain its momentum of supporting the Government in ensuring the national committments are fullfilled.
Yet advocacy on HIV/AIDs continued during the World AIDS Day commemoration, whereby BMAF in collaboration with the Vodacom Foundation and Montage conducted an HIV awareness raising workshop for about 70 bongo flava and bongo movie artists, which was a unique opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding on HIV/AIDS “three zeros”.
To our stakeholders, We thank you for actively congregating with us in June 2013 during our Annual Stakeholders meeting to share and exchange experiences on good practises and better ways of improving the health services including Human Resource for health situation in resource constrained settings of Tanzania, through Government programmes, as well as BMAFs interventions.
As we begin the new year, BMAF will be working towards achieving the Key Result Areas (KRA’s) outlined in its 2nd Strategic Plan (2013-2018) document, which was officially launched in September 2013 by the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania. H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa.
Finally, We will diversify and intensify the operationalization of the BMAF’s Resource Mobilisation Strategy and Plan in year 2014, through reaching out to the national and international Donors, Corporates and Philanthropists. Various modalities will be applied including fundraising events within Dar Es Salaam and upcountry, proposal development and other innovative modalities of mobilizing resources, with the aim of being a more sustainable organisation.
As we closed the year 2013, we are gratified to continue our cooperation for the year 2014 onwards, with the Government of Ireland (Irish aid), the Global Fund through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare , Abbott Fund and our major Corporate partners – the AngloGold Ashanti Geita Gold Mine, African Barrick Gold- Maendeleo Fund and Bank M.
We wouldn’t have been able to achieve these great successes if it wasn’t for the confidence our partners have placed upon us, which is based on the quick results demonstrated and the effective and efficient use of resources availed by our partners.
As we begin this New Year, BMAF is excited to forge new partnerships and to explore new innovative avenues that will continue to help towards the sustainability and growth of the foundation, but most importantly bringing better health outcomes to our Tanzanian people.
Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro
“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