The Mkapa Foundation (BMAF) has officially launched Mkapa Fellows Program phase 2, a five year program from 2012 to 2017.
In a press conference held on 4th February 2013, at BMAF headquarters offices in Dar es Salaam, The CEO for Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, launched the program and articulated that the program aims to strengthen HIV/AIDS and maternal and newborn health services in rural underserved and hard to reach areas. She added “ Within 5 years of its implementation, the project targets to deploy 150 professional skilled health workers and 30 health administrators to work in 15 districts of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.”
Dr. Senkoro reiterated that the project will construct and equip 30 obstetric theaters and provide clinical training and mentorship in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, Prevention of HIV from Mother to Child and Emergency Obstetric care to the recruited fellows and existing health workers.
The Chief Executive Officer for Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro (left), giving information on Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 when launching the program
In addition Dr. Senkoro explained that 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. She added “In the first wave of the program, thirty two (32) skilled health professionals will be recruited and deployed in 9 health facilities of 6 districts of Sumbawanga Rural, Nkasi, Kalambo, Kahama, Kishapu and Biharamulo. She added that 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 month of February 2013 in Iringa.
Mkapa Foundation’s Program Manager Health Services Delivery, Dr. Zuweina Kondo-Sushy (left), during a Press Conference to launch Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 Program
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 8 theatres and renovation of 1 theatre in the respective 6 districts as from April 2013. Moreover, the initiative shall begin with community outreach and awareness services to men, women and youth living within the catchment area of the health facilities.
The implementation of the program follows successful fundraising in June 2012 whereby corporates, development partners and individuals pledged a total of Tshs. 3.2bn/= to support the first wave of the program. Following this initiative, the program has officially commenced in 2013.
Dr. Senkoro further added that up to December 2012, 61% of the pledges had been honored by the various partners, “We thank all our funders and sponsors, that extend from Development Partners to more than 50 various Corporates and Individuals.
Meanwhile, Mkapa Foundation’s Program Manager for Health Services Delivery, Dr. Zuweina Kondo-Sushy, also highlighted some key findings that were noted during the rapid assessment survey done in the beneficiary districts in late 2012. She said “ the survey facilitated identification of areas that need health workers, type of skills missing, type of theatre required if its for renovation or construction and so forth. Impliedly, some gaps shall be attended by MFP II and other gaps will be addressed by the respective district authorities and other partners or NGOS within the area”.
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