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US parliamentary team visits Kilimanjaro Region

16th July 2010
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Prof Jumanne Maghembe
Prof Jumanne Maghembe

A seven-member delegation from the US House of Representatives has visited Kilimanjaro Region to inspect implementation of health care programmes sponsored by the American people.

A press statement issued by the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam yesterday said the delegation was led by Representative David Price from North Carolina and was welcomed by Kilimanjaro regional administrative secretary and regional medical officer with whom they discussed health care services in Tanzania.

It said the delegation also attended briefings at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) and met with Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Prof Jumanne Maghembe.

During their visit, they learnt about health services sponsored by the American people throughout the country and about collaborative health care services provided at KCMC through its Comprehensive Child and Family Care Clinic.

The group received briefings on HIV/Aids care services and research being conducted at KCMC through Duke University and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF).

KCMC, Duke University and EGPAF are working together to provide comprehensive HIV/Aids care and treatment to the entire community using a holistic model and are using research studies to enhance the quality of care provided to each family.

The delegation also visited Kilimanjaro Region Blood Safety Zonal Centre located in Moshi to learn about blood donation and distribution services provided through each zonal centre throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Kilimanjaro regional administrative secretary Hilda Gongwe thanked the American people for their support to Tanzania’s health system and for the many services they offered to Tanzanians.

“Our visit to Tanzania was both informative and impactful. We learned a great deal about health care and what a beautiful country Tanzania is. The hospitality was greatly appreciated and we hope to visit again in the future,” the delegation representative said.

Members of the delegation included David Drier of California, Donald Payne (New Jersey), Allyson Schwartz (Pennsylvania), Keith Ellison (Minnesota), Mike Conaway (Texas) and Vern Buchanan (Florida).

The one-day trip to Kilimanjaro Region was part of a 10-day trip to Africa focused on maintaining friendly relations with African political leaders and supporting democratisation and good governance. The delegation also visited Liberia, Kenya and Mali to work closely with parliamentarians in each country through the provision of material support and training.

The United States is a global leader in combating HIV/Aids worldwide. It also supports the Comprehensive Child and Family Care Clinic through the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) in partnership with Duke University and EGPAF. PEPFAR is a 10-year, USD 48 billion programme and the largest initiative in history to combat a single disease.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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