CRDB,Mkapa Foundation in five year to improve uality health services

10Oct 2019
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
CRDB,Mkapa Foundation in five year to improve uality health services

ACCESS to quality health care services by the majority of the people especially women and children is focus on a new five years agreement signed between CRDB Bank Plc and Benjamin Mkapa Foundation.

CRDB Bank Plc’s Director of Research and Corporate Communications, Tully Mwampamba when he spoke to journalists in Dar es Salaam earlier this week. Photo: courtesy of CRDB.

Unveiling the agreement in Dar es Salaam earlier this week, CRDB’s Director of Research and Corporate Affairs, Tully Mwampamba and Mkapa Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Hellen Senkoro reaffirmed their commitment to back government efforts in improving health services to the public.

Mwampamba said CRDB Bank is the fore front in advocating for better healthcare in the country hence found it suitable to join hands with Mkapa Foundation which recently unveiled its new five year strategic development plan.

“CRDB Bank recognizes the crucial role being played by Benjamin Mkapa Foundation in advocating positive changes in the health sector of our country. As a local bank with Tanzanian’s interests at heart, we are dedicated to supporting the community-based health initiative projects as they trickle down to the bottom of the pyramid,” Mwampamba said.

She pointed out that the country’s largest bank by net asset value and deposits has a policy which seeks to work with reputable organizations such as Mkapa Foundation mobilizing resources that will ensure quality, efficient and sustainable health service provision to all.

“We believe in putting all our efforts together in making a difference to the community. We cannot wait for our government alone to do each and everything. Our corporate social responsibility policy places a huge emphasis on supporting health improvement initiatives, and we will continue to support all viable courses in this regard,” the CRDB Director added. The Dar es Salaam based lender has so far this year donated 280m/- worth of health-related products and services countrywide.

The Mkapa Foundation’s  five years strategic plan which will cover the period between 2019 and 2024 aims at mobilizing collective efforts in community-based health care systems by strengthening to achieve Sustainable Development Goals which includes Universal Health Coverage at country level.

Responding to Mwampamba’s observation, Mkapa Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Senkoro said in the next five years, the foundation will continue mobilising resources to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all in Tanzania and the rest of Africa.

She said the Foundation will continue to complement and supporting government’s efforts to deliver quality health care through strategic partnerships. “Our mission is contributing towards the attainment of better health outcomes through innovative health and related system solutions through collaboration with strategic partners," Dr Senkoro noted.

She further unveiled that among the many achievements made during the previous five year plan, include combating communicable diseases at country level although, “We are still lagging behind with few indicators on HIV, TB and Malaria, and the rapid emerging crisis on non-communicable diseases.”

She said CRDB’s support has come at an opportune period and that BMF will ensure effective integration of quality health services in a gendered and right-based approach, for maximum impact.

“This shall be coupled with reinforcement of leadership and governance pillar of the health systems, to deliver quality health services," the BMF chief executive added while paying tribute to CRDB Bank’s management for the decision to back the charitable organization.

With its three million customers who include those served by its subsidiary in Burundi, CRDB Bank a large footprint of 234 branches, over 12,000 CRDB Wakalas, 537 ATMs backed by over 2,000 merchants countrywide.

The BMF which is a not-for-profit institution established as an initiated by the former President Benjamin William Mkapa with the aim of addressing health challenges including diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, maternal issues and shortage of skilled health professionals in underserved rural settings.