‘HPSS project clears way for universal health coverage

21May 2022
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
‘HPSS project clears way for universal health coverage

THE Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) ‘Tuimarishe Afya’ project is set to phase out next year with some notable successes which clears the way for universal health coverage.

Among the successes included restructuring of the Community Health Fund (CHF), improved communication systems and improved procurement systems for health commodities.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) annual joint Scientific Conference in Dar es Salaam HPSS Project manager Ally Kebby said the project is aimed at improving access to and the quality of health services both in demand (health promotion, health insurance) and the supply side (drug procurement; health technology maintenance).

The project which is implemented under Tanzania-Swiss cooperation started 10 years ago and will end in October, next year.

It is funded by the Swiss Government and implemented by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, a key partner in health system strengthening initiatives in the country since 2011 and is one of the sponsors of the AJSC.

Kebby noted that the programme has contributed to strengthening capacity of the Medical Stores Department (MSD) of procurement and supply of medicines during the period.

Kebby was speaking in Dar es Salaam on the sidelines of the ongoing 31st Annual Scientific Conference organised by the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).

The three-day workshop, which started on Tuesday, this week, has brought together scientists, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to share expertise on health matters.

 “We are a people-centered project that follows a comprehensive systems approach. We develop innovative solutions in partnership with the Government and support their integration into national institutions, systems and policies. We strive to improve access to, utilization and quality of health services in Tanzania”, said Kebby.

During the AJSC, HPSS Project will make a number of presentations highlighting the project’s health systems strengthening contributions towards achieving universal health coverage with a focus on health insurance and health commodity supply and use.

Kebby further commended the government for investing heavily in health sector.

He said the government’s move to construct and equip zonal hospitals, regional and district hospitals as well as health centres across the country was commendable.














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