President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete shaking hands with Vice President of Africa Barrick Gold, Mr. Deo Mwanyika after a contribution of five hundred thousands US Dollars for Mkapa Fellows phase 2.With him are Retired Presidents, His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa and His Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi.
A total or Tsh3.2 billion was fundraised by the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation on the 5th of June 2012, during a gala night to raise funds for Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 program. The fundraising at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es Salaam was graced by the President of United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete as the Guest of Honor and two former Presidents, His Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi and His Excellency, Benjamin William Mkapa.
The fundraise surpassed the annual target which was at Tanzanian Shillings 3 billion for Mkapa Fellows Phase 2 program which aims to reach 15 rural districts of Tanzania.
Among the contributors in the fundraising event were African Barrick Gold, Bank M, National Social Security Fund (NSSF),Quality Group Ltd., Clouds Media Group, Undi Consultancy Company, National Bank of Commerce (NBC), , Pension Parastatal Fund, Geita Gold Mine, CRDB Bank, ,Computer Connections, Stanbic Bank and Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd,. Others are Infotech Investment Group Ltd, Precision Air Services, Tanzanite One, Lithos Africa, Isamilo Lodges Ltd, NMB Bank, , National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), WIA Company and others.
Former President of United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi, handing over a picture of the four Presidents of Tanzania to Mr. William Chiume, Deputy General Manager of Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited, after buying it for Tsh13 million during the fundraising for Mkapa Fellows Program phase 2 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es Salaam.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, stated that the Foundation is planning to raise 15billion Tanzanian Shillings for implementing this 5 years Mkapa Fellows Programme which will benefit 2.5 million people in the 15 districts. This is translated to at least Tshs. 6,000/= for every Tanzanian to benefit from the programme. The five years programme will recruit180 health professionals inclusive of 45 doctors that will save lives of pregnant mothers, newborns and People living with HIV/AIDS. It will further be used for skills development for more than 1,500 health professionals on the provision of quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment and preventing HIV transmission from infected mothers to a child as well as Saving lives of pregnant mothers and new borns.
Also the programme will rehabilitate/construct 30 operating theatres at primary health centres and furnish them with medical equipments. People living in remote communities will be reached by mobile clinics to receive health education on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
The Chief Executive Officer of Mkapa Foundation, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro giving opening remarks highlighting the work of the Foundation in the last 6 years, during the Fundraising Gala Night at Hyatt Regency, Dar es Salaam. Total of Tsh3.2 billion was raised during the occasion.
During the event, President Kikwete called for all stakeholders to give hand at efforts of combating HIV/AIDS scourge in the country and preventing deaths of pregnant mothers and new borns. He also noted despite good efforts of the Government of Tanzania, there are still challenges of reaching all Tanzanians with quality health care services he added, “This cause is worth our support. Nothing is more consoling than saving lives of those who have contracted HIV and AIDS.”
During the gala night which was mainly attended with Executives from Corporate sector, some Ministers, Non Governmental organization representatives and Government officials, testimonials from the beneficiaries were heard. This was made by Josephine Mollel from Simanjiro and a Mkapa Fellow, Dr. Gasper Joseph who is a District Medical officer of Makete district.
Mkapa Fellow Alumni, Dr. Gasper Joseph (at the podium) giving testimony and sharing experience on working on hard to reach areas, during the Gala Night.
Josephine Mollel from Simanjiro, giving testimony of health services she has been receiving at her rural village, during the Gala Night.
The gala night was made a success by kind contributions and sponsorship from Bank M, National Bank of Commerce (NBC), Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation, Grey Investment, Namis Construction Company, Serengeti Breweries, Computer Connections, Promodate, Arqes Africa Ltd, Sowers Africa, Office Direct and National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
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