HBF disburse 98.1bn/- to improve healthcare

21Jun 2022
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
HBF disburse 98.1bn/- to improve healthcare

​​​​​​​HEALTH Basket Fund (HBF) partners have expressed their commitment to disburse   98.1bn/- to improve healthcare in primary health facilities effectively from July 01, this year.

HBF is a pooled funding mechanism that contributes to government efforts to strengthen primary health care services.

The nine donors to the HBF are Denmark, South Korea, Ireland, Sweden, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank (WB), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF and Canada

Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Health said that yesterday in the Partners meeting with the government to discuss challenges, success and chart a way forward.

She said the partners commitment came after success recorded in a financial year ended June 30, where the partners donated 74.3bn/-

She said during the meeting, the government and partners will get time to present the HBF position, how to improve the sustainability of the fund.

Mwalimu said in the last financial year ending this month, HBF has significantly recorded improvement in the quality of primary health care services.

The minister said through the fund, the government will ensure 5913 health centres get support from the basket fund.

She called on funders who stopped supporting HBF to come back and join government efforts to improve healthcare services. The countries left are Norway, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The minister also called on other stakeholders who are interested to support primary healthcare systems to channel their funds in the HBF to avoid fragmentation.

According to Mwalimu, all funds should be channeled to the HBF because of its transparency and can be audited by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

“Our meeting will also discuss some challenges that emerged in the previous implementation such as coordination and delays of funds to reach the facilities,” she said.

Deputy Minister of State in the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Authority (PO-RALG), Dr Festus Ndugange said the government will ensure 33.3 percent of the fund is used to procure reagents, medicines and other equipment.

He said in the previous financial year, over 125 health facilities got the fund to procure medicines and medical supplies.

“We must ensure that there is transparency to avoid thefts of medicine and medical supplies,” he said

The Ambassador of Switzerland to Tanzania, Didier Chassot said there is a need to strengthen policy and dialogue to support Tanzania achieving health reforms.

The envoy expressed strong commitment from basket partners to ensure there was implementation of the plan activities to make it more impactful.

Mags Gaynor, Ambassador of Ireland in the country encouraged other partners to join the fund to reduce fragmentation.

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