Honored guests at Jhpiego’s 40th Anniversary event in Dar es Salaam pay tribute to Jhpiego for its work preventing the needless deaths of women and families in Tanzania and around the world.
Mama Salma Kikwete, Tanzania’s First Lady
I would like to convey my special gratitude to organizers for providing me the honour to address the delegates of this gathering where Jhpiego is celebrating its 40 years of work around the world, and 14 years in Tanzania.
Dr. Leslie Mancuso, the last time I met your team of hard-working people, was when Tanzania was privileged to host the annual Jhpiego Country Directors Meeting, in 2011.
The meeting was attended by Jhpiego leaders and representatives from nearly 40 countries.
It is my pleasure, to once again meet you and your team, as you celebrate such an important milestone in your organization’s history: 40 years of strong partnerships and innovations in saving lives of women and families.
Congratulations. Hongereni Sana!
I am told that Jhpiego’s 40th anniversary celebration in Tanzania started last week, in Morogoro and Iringa, where the public was invited not only to see how you work closely with regional health administration teams, but also improve access to quality health services including antenatal care, cervical cancer screening and HIV counseling and testing.
I am also aware that yesterday you were out to do community work, led by Dr. Mancuso, planting trees at Charambe Secondary School, in a compound that is being affected by erosion. This was truly noble, and in line with your motto—innovations!
Ladies and gentlemen, I am inspired by some of your programs through which most of health providers are now equipped with competent skills that are making a difference in the lives of women, men and children across the country. I have also heard from Ministry of Health and Social Welfare representatives, from partners, everyone, how you are working together to improve health outcomes for the Tanzanian people.
Your work is very important. ; Keep up the innovations and partnerships that are saving lives. We have appreciated the opportunity to have your support here in Tanzania for the past 14 years, with funding from the US Government, Canadian Government and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
I recognize your close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on programs to save lives of mothers and newborns, prevent HIV infection and improve the quality of care that our people receive.
Personally, I have been working hard to contribute to the improvement of the welfare of our mothers and children through Wanawake na Maendeleo (WAMA) where we are working to increase access to quality maternal and infant health services.
I join many of you in this room in the belief that it is absolutely unacceptable for a woman to lose her life while giving life to another. At Jhpiego you have shown this in practice, I applaud you and all partners for collaborating with us to make safe motherhood a reality in our country.
Through your support, we are confident to achieve our vision of improving health for all. I look forward to our continued partnership with Jhpiego in Tanzania to ensure the health and well-being of our people.
Once again, congratulations on your 40th Anniversary!
Dr. Seif S. Rashid, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is proud to have partnered with Jhpiego over the past 14 years. In this collaboration we are aiming at improving maternal and newborn health outcomes, improve HIV prevention services and strengthen the overall quality of health care for all Tanzanians.
Let me give you a brief history of our collaboration with Jhpiego.
Under the USAID-funded MAISHA program, Jhpiego works with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in every region of the country to improve skills of midwives and other health workers to provide high quality care for our women and newborn babies. The MAISHA program works to make sure that women receive life-saving interventions during pregnancy, during the delivery of their babies and immediately after delivery, and provides support to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to assist women both in the health facilities and in the community.
I was also informed that Jhpiego has recently received funding from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to support the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to roll out the Helping Babies Breathe program throughout the country, with the aim of improving the health status of our newborns throughout the country.
Through the USAID-funded UHAI-CT program, Jhpiego is also supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to provide community-based HIV counseling and testing services targeting individuals at high risk for acquiring HIV, and communities in high prevalence areas. The program is also working with hospitals and clinics to assist them in implementing the Tanzanian government’s provided initiated testing and counseling strategy in nine regions.
Through MCHIP, which is also funded by USAID, Jhpiego is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in establishing male circumcision for HIV prevention services, in both Iringa and Tabora regions, and I am aware that to date, over 150,000 men and boys have been circumcised in Iringa region alone, which according to our estimation, has averted nearly 30,000 new HIV infections in the region.
In collaboration, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has provided funds to Jhpiego to work with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to improve infection prevention and control practices at regional hospitals, and to build the capacity of regional health management teams to scale up these practices to all district health facilities within their region.
We are grateful for the financial support provided to us by the U.S.government, Canadian government and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation through Jhpiego as our technical assistance partner to help us in achieving our MDG goals. We appreciate all of the collaboration and commitment to date on maternal and newborn health, HIV and quality improvement issues.
Congratulations to our partner Jhpiego on its global 40th anniversary, and thank you for working with us in Tanzania for the past 14 years. We look forward to many more years of collaboration.
Sharon Cromer, USAID Tanzania Mission Director
Habari za jioni!
On behalf of the United States Government, and the American people, I am honored to be present here tonight to celebrate Jhpiego’s 40th Anniversary. Jhpiego is one of US Government’s largest implementing partners in maternal, newborn and child health around the world. The US Government has funded Jhpiego’s work in Tanzania since the late 1990’s.
We are very pleased with our partnership with Jhpiego and the support they have provided to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in improving the quality of health and services to Tanzania’s families.
With U.S. Government funds and under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Jhpiego has trained nearly 8000 health providers in focused antenatal care and close to 900 health care workers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care. Cervical cancer screening and treatment services have been provided to over 11,000 women.
Voluntary medical male circumcision is widely considered one of the most effective HIV prevention interventions, yet countries around the world struggle to scale up this service. Ever since Jhpiego led Tanzania’s first ever voluntary medical male circumcision campaign in May 2010, the National program has blossomed with over 150,000 men receiving the procedure this past year. Jhpiego has been instrumental in this success, providing national technical assistance, spearheading a national monitoring and evaluation system, conducting innovative research activities and delivering high quality services.
Jhpiego has also played a critical role in the field of HIV testing and counseling. Through training and supervision of provider-initiated testing and counseling Jhpiego has assisted over 750,000 Tanzanians learn their HIV status. The US Government also highly appreciates Jhpiego’s collaborative approach. This approach, they have established with the Government of Tanzania and working with other partners in the country. For example Jhpiego staffs serve as members of a number of national working groups including the Secretariat for the Safe Motherhood Working Group; the Maternal Newborn Child Health Technical Working Group; and the National Community Health Worker Task Force.
Furthermore, Jhpiego has provided critical technical and logistical support to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to develop national guidelines, standards and training materials that are made available to all partners to roll-out.
Under the administration of President Obama’s initiatives USAID adopted the principles of the Global Health Initiative in which country ownership, sustainability, coordination, integration, research, innovation and monitoring and evaluation are among the seven guiding principles. These principles inform everything we do in global health, and Jhpiego has been instrumental in helping us implement these principles in Tanzania.
While I have cited some of the statistics that highlight the achievements of Jhpiego in Tanzania, I have also observed the results of their collaborative work on the ground.
In February I participated with the USAID Administrator Raj Shah whom you saw in the film, and the US Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt, in a site visit to the Buguruni Health Center. As many of you know, Buguruni serves more than 80,000 residents in a poor densely populated peri-urban centre near Dar Es Salaam City centre. The service delivery approach that the US Government is supporting in Buguruni Health Center includes antenatal care, family planning, immunization, paediatric care, perinatal care, malaria and HIV services.
This integrated centre is operated by the Government of Tanzania and receives support from two US Government agencies—USAID and CDC—under three difference funding streams: PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative and our Family Planning and Child Survival Funds. And I want to tell you, it is no easy fit to work with two US Government agencies and three funding streams. But yet Jhpiego does it and they do a stellar job.
As I continue to learn about the programs that the US Government funds in Tanzania, because I have only been here four months and I have a lot to learn, and I have a chance to travel throughout this beautiful country, I look forward to experiencing similar successes that the US Government and the Government of Tanzania and Jhpiego have forged with the partnership in our district and regional arms of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Again, I congratulate Jhpiego on its 40th anniversary.