THE BENJAMIN Mkapa Foundation has organised a fundraising event to be held on Wednesday next week in Dar es Salaam to mobilise 1bn/- for strengthening health services in the country.
Addressing journalists in the city, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, said the event will be attended by over 200 people, including development partners and government representatives.
“We have gained good results in rural health service delivery through financial support rendered by our different partners. We brought hope not only to millions of individual Tanzanians in need of quality health services but also to health workers, decision makers and policy makers that influence better services delivery,” she said.“As we celebrate a decade’s achievements of the Mkapa Foundation, we would like to invite various people to attend the event that will go together with fundraising gala to commemorate 10 years,” she explained.
Dr Senkoro said that the foundation’s five years strategic plan of 2013/2018 was planned to cost 136bn/- and aimed at benefiting about 20 million people by improving HIV and AIDS services.
She added that the money also aims to promote activities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services in enhancing community health education, promotion and awareness.
She pointed out that until January 2016, the foundation had already fundraised 75bn/-, which is 55 per cent of the required five years’ target through proposal write-ups and fundraising events.
The event will also mark the 10th anniversary commemoration and the lunch of the new name of the Benjamini Mkapa Foundation from the former Benjamin W. Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation.