Benajmin Mkapa Foundation launches 5yrs strategic business health plan

02Oct 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Benajmin Mkapa Foundation launches 5yrs strategic business health plan

THE Benajmin Mkapa Foundation yesterday launched five years strategic business plan with focus on delivering of healthcare services by reaching out to all people equitably in both mainland and Zanzibar through the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and children Dr Faustine Ndungulile

Through the plan which is estimated to cost approximately 156bn/- is dedicated to deploy coherent, innovative and well informed resource mobilization strategy to secure financial and technical resources to attain its goals.

The launching ceremony which was accompanied by a symposium, also facilitated the generation of ideas from various policy makers, private health service providers and many others on how best to achieve (UHC).

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and children Dr Faustine Ndungulile said Tanzania has made substantial gains in improving access and quality of health services and mentioned some of the successes as the increase in the overall childhood survival and vaccination coverage which currently stands at 97percent among all eligible children.

Others successes according to the minister are the decrease in Malaria prevalence incidents and mortality rates, Tuberculosis (TB) treatment successes as well as steady progress towards the 90-90-90 HIV/AIDS PMTCT services which currently stands at 90percent.

“Health systems strengthening are critical components of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals and universal health coverage (UHC). With this in mind, we need to look into ways that will ensure quality, equity, efficiency, accountability, resilience and sustainability of health services,” he said.

During the panel discussion, National Health Insurance Fund Director General, Dr Bernard Konga said to achieve UHC there are so e issues needed including financial protection, availability of services and ensuring that people are covered.

According to him about 7000 heath centres have been covered by the fund where the focus now is to make the services available to majority.

The Settlor of the foundation, Former President Benjamin Mkapa said he was confident that the strategic plan will be nurtured and sustained, in a complementary manner to attain the Tanzania vision 2025 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

“As the institution embarks into its next five years I urge you to maintain the classic record of performance,” he said.

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