The Jhpiego team in Dar es Salaam turned out in force to share with Sharon Cromer, the US Agency for International Development Mission Director, the numerous successes achieved through a long-term partnership to prevent the needless deaths of women and families across Tanzania.
Ms. Cromer, the first USAID chief to visit the Jhpiego office, spent about two hours with the team engaged in a series of interactive discussions on USAID-funded programs that deliver quality health services in maternal and child health and HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment, health systems strengthening and much more. The visit featured work that has been led by the government of Tanzania and carried out by dedicated community health workers, skilled nurses and midwives, HIV counselors and treatment experts and local health ministry leaders from north to south, east to west.
“The conversations today have been very rich. I appreciate your frankness and your openness. I have some ideas now that I will carry with me back to the [US] Embassy, the Mission, and to Washington,” said Mission Director Cromer.
“I really want to thank you for your continued collaboration and your partnership. After this discussion, I feel like we have a real partnership,” Ms. Cromer saidas the crowd cheered and applauded. “Not that we didn’t have before, but I feel a part of it now.”
Ms. Cromer recognized the commitment Jhpiego has made to women and families, vulnerable Tanzanians and local health leaders to reduce deaths and improve health outcomes: “I want to thank you for putting the beneficiaries first. For doing what you are doing to save lives and to improve lives for all the Tanzania people.’
“We are committed to this partnership. We are committed to proven strategies. We are committed to serving all key populations,” said the Mission Director. “Thank you for the great work that you do.”
“I would love to return anytime you want me to,” she promised.
For more on the USAID-Jhpiego partnership in Tanzania, watch these video highlights: http://bit.ly/2ddB4F6