UK and Germany MPs arrive in Tanzania for anti-malaria drive

19Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
UK and Germany MPs arrive in Tanzania for anti-malaria drive

MEMBERS of all parties parliamentary group on malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) from the United Kingdom and Germany who are visiting the country have met and held talks with their Tanzania counterparts on how to end malaria by 2030.

Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira.

The tour is hosted by the Tanzania parliamentary against malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (TAPAMA and NTD).

The delegation of parliamentarians met the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira yesterday to discuss various issues regarding the challenges and efforts aimed at ending malaria and NTD in the region.

On her part, Mghwira welcomed the parliamentarians from UK and Germany commending them for their support in ending the deadly malaria disease as well as NTD in the country.

During the tour in the region, two parliamentarians from the UK and Hellen Keller and Sight Savers, the representatives of the Non-governmental organisations in Tanzania visited Karume Health Centre in Rombo District.

While at the health centre, the parliamentarians witnessed with eye problems and trachoma getting treated. Initially, medical experts were visiting people in their home places to provide such treatment.

The treatment at the Karume health centre involved surgery of people found with the problem of trachoma with 30 patients expected to be treated.

The project is being implemented jointly by the Ministries of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Regional Administration and Local Government, Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) financed by the UK government through Commonwealth fund.

TAPAMA Secretary-General Dr Raphael Chegeni said the visit will enhance awareness of the UK legislators who then will advise their government through the Department for International Development (DFID) to increase resources and cooperation in the programme aimed at fighting malaria and the government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) and the NTD. It targets to empower these institutions in the programme geared at ending malaria in the country.

TAPAMA Executive Director Dr Hermengild Mayunga said the tour is the unique opportunity for APPG legislators to learn the challenges that the Tanzania government face in the efforts aimed at ending malaria and NTD.

While in the country, the parliamentarians will meet the Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai on September 19, 2019.

Also the delegation of parliamentarians will meet the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, the NMCP management in Dodoma on September 19, 2019 to discuss challenges that the ministry face in combatting the malaria and NTD. It will be an opportunity to hear on what the UK government and its people can do through the DFID to support programme.

The parliamentarians will visit various projects on malaria and NTD implemented in the country funded by the government through the DFID and the Global Fund.