Speaking during a press conference yesterday, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro thanked Bank M and other donors for their continued support.
“The Foundation is specifically pleased to benefit from Bank M as our sole partner from the banking industry, whereas through its CSR policy it has for the past four years contributed significantly to the Foundation,” Dr Mkondya-Senkoro said.
She added: “We are pleased to see our partnership is maturing and further cemented with a signed bilateral pact between the two institutions. “
The BMF chief executive further noted that Bank M has been a valuable partner towards the noble duty of improving health and well being of underserved Tanzanians especially those in rural areas.
During the April 13 fundraising event held in Dar es Salaam, BMF raised 1.17bn from different stakeholders. The event was also held in commemoration of the foundation’s 10 year anniversary and the launch of the foundation’s new name “The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation”.
“On behalf of the board of trustees, management and staff of the Mkapa Foundation, we would like to convey our gratitude to all who have made the event a success.
Furthermore, our sincere gratitude is extended to all invited stakeholders who attended the event and contributed to the success of raising funds for the good course,” Dr Mkondya-Senkoro said.
Bank M’s Chief Executive Officer (Designate) Jacqueline Woiso said the bank is proud to be part of the successful journey that the Foundation has had in the past 10 years.
“Our bank is always dedicated to supporting community based projects. It is our policy to work together with other reputable organizations in making a difference to the community and this project is a clear confirmation of our commitment,” Woiso stressed.
This is the third fundraising event to be hosted by BMF with the aim of raising funds from corporate organizations and individuals to support the health programme it undertakes across the country.
This year’s purpose of raising funds is to co-support the Foundation’s five-year strategic plan (2013 – 2018) valued at 136bn/- and aims to benefit at least 20 million people directly and indirectly by 2018.
This will be through reinforcing HIV/Aids services, reproductive, maternal, new born and child health services, improving health workforce policies, systems and practices and enhancing community health education through promotion and awareness.
Besides Bank M, other sponsors were Montage Limited and PSPF. The BMF was founded in April 2006 by former President William Benjamin Mkapa.
This local non- government trust is committed to improving health and wellbeing of Tanzanians, especially in underserved settings, through implementing innovative and result based programmes.