The Amne Salim Fund for COVID-19 research has been launched in memory of Dr Salim’s wife, Amne Salim who died of the pandemic in October, last year.
Speaking at the launching ceremony yesterday Ahmed Salim who is the son of Dr Salim said the fund has been launched to save lives of many Tanzanians battling the pandemic.
“The pandemic is deadly, we have decided to launch the fund to beef up research efforts being done here at MUHAS, but also boost the desire for other people to do so,” he said.
According to him, his mother was a person who dedicated her life to serving people saying the fund is part of initiatives to honour her.
For his part, MUHAS Vice Chancellor Prof Andrea Pembe said the fund has come at the right time when the higher learning institution was at advanced stages to conduct research on the pandemic.
Research will help Tanzania understand the corona virus hence facilitate the formulation of strategies to combat hence conquer it in the long run.
“Collective efforts in combating COVID-19 will help the country to come up with solutions which are locally generated hence find a better way to fight the disease which has so far claimed many millions of lives globally,” he said.
Dr Salim is a Tanzanian politician and diplomat since the early 1960s.
He also served as Minister of Defence and National Service, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations and Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity.
Other diplomatic positions; at the continental level, he has since March 2002 been acting as African Water ambassador whose responsibilities include advocacy, sensitization and mobilisation of support on African water issues.