EngenderHealth, through Bloomberg Philanthropies & Fondation H&B Agerup support, saves women and children’s’ lives by constructing 24 and renovating 2 maternity buildings in Kigoma Region in Tanzania

The total cost for the support is worth USD 1,342,144 KIGOMA, Tanzania, September 14, 2017/ -- Bloomberg Philanthropies, Fondation H&B Agerup through EngenderHealth (www.EngenderHealth.org) has constructed and equipped maternal buildings that include labor wards antenatal and postnatal clinics, rooms to provide service to women with post abortion complications and family planning as well as maternity wards in 24 dispensaries. Through the support, 2 dispensaries have been renovated and equipped, making a total of 26 dispensaries that have been upgraded to provide quality maternal, neonatal, newborn and reproductive health care in Kigoma Region. The total cost for the support is worth USD 1,342,144 in which USD 1,138,244 was used for construction and renovation, and USD 203,900 for procurement of equipment. In the implementation, EngenderHealth worked in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCGEC), Thamini Uhai, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kigoma Regional Health Management Team and District/council Health Management Teams. This work aims at increasing access to quality family planning and other reproductive health services in Kigoma region through expanding availability of comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, comprehensive post abortion care and FP services, with emphasis on long acting reversible contraception and permanent methods in Kigoma region. Through Bloomberg and Agerup support, 13 health centers in Kigoma (Nyanzige, Kifura, Kiganamo, Bitale, Ilagala, Kalya and Muyama) have been upgraded through construction, including operating theaters, renovation, equipment and training of staff to be able to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care that includes surgical interventions and blood transfusion in order to save lives of women with complications related to childbirth. EngenderHealth and Thamini Uhai are supporting 83 facilities in the region by training and mentoring of service providers on Family Planning, comprehensive post abortion care, comprehensive emergency obstetric care, renovation of health facilities equipping and supplementation of supplies whenever need be. Guest honor Deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Hon. Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla said, “We are very grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies and Fondation H & B Agerup and EngenderHealth, for the construction of these facilities that will provide the much needed- maternal health to our women and children in Kigoma Region. We call upon other stakeholders and well-wishers to come up and offer similar support in other regions.” Bloomberg Philanthropies representative Dr. Godson Maro said: “We have been working in the country since 2006. During that time, we have managed to achieve a lot including upgrading of a total 17 health centres that are now offering labor/maternal and neonatal services and thus contributing to reduce the number of maternal deaths. “We urge the government to put more efforts on the anesthesiology cadre that is highly needed in every facility that is providing surgical services. The number available in Kigoma is very inadequate.” EngenderHealth Tanzania’s Country Representative, Lulu Ng’wanakilala, said, “We are very thankful for the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Fondation H&B Agerup, and strong partnerships with government which has been made all of this possible. We will continue to strengthen our collaboration so as to improve the health and well-being of women, men and families in the region.” Distributed by APO on behalf of EngenderHealth, Inc. View multimedia content For further information contact: Lulu Ng’wanakilala Deputy Country Representative EngenderHealth Tanzania P.O. Box 78167, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: +255 22 277Email: LNg'wanakilala@EngenderHealth.org About Bloomberg Philanthropies: Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information, please visit www.Bloomberg.org. About EngenderHealth Tanzania: EngenderHealth is a leading global reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in more than 20 countries. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The non-profit organization works in partnership with government, institutions, communities, and health care professionals around the world. EngenderHealth began working in Tanzania in 1982. Currently, it leads the RESPOND Tanzania Project (RTP), USAID/Tanzania’s flagship project for improving access to reproductive health services nationwide. For more information on EngenderHealth Tanzania, please see the following link: www.EngenderHealth.org/our-countries/africa/tanzania.php. About Thamini Uhai: Thamini Uhai (Formerly World Lung Foundation) is a registered not for profit organization that improves global health by strengthening local health capacity. The organization’s key areas of emphasis are maternal and infant mortality prevention, Thamini Uhai (TU) supports national efforts to reduce maternal and early neonatal deaths in Tanzania since 2008. Working with the Government of Tanzania and non-governmental partners, Thamini Uhai (TU) builds capacity to provide high quality, safe and reliable comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (CEmONC) and birth companionship in government facilities. In total, 37 health facilities are supported in Kigoma, Morogoro and Pwani Regions. These facilities ensure more women in remote settings are able to access life-saving care, saving the lives of both women and their newborns. For more information, please contact Thamini Uhai Tanzania, www.ThaminiUhai.or.tz. SOURCE EngenderHealth, Inc. Multimedia content




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