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EU and AKDN have launched a Covid-19 Response Project

Tanzania, 30/09/2021 - 15:07, UNIQUE ID: 210930_18
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30 September 2021, Dar es Salaam: Today, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the EAC, H.E. Ambassador Manfredo Fanti together with the Director of Preventive Services, Dr. Leonard Subi representing the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative, Mr. Amin Kurji have launched the Covid-19 Response Project.

30 September 2021, Dar es Salaam: Today, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the EAC, H.E. Ambassador Manfredo Fanti together with the Director of Preventive Services, Dr. Leonard Subi representing the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative, Mr. Amin Kurji have launched the Covid-19 Response Project.

The “COVID 19 Response Partnership Project” a multi-sector programme funded by the European Union and implemented in Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, and Kenya by three AKDN agencies – the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) – alongside partner organisation, In Their Hands (ITH).  Its objective is to strengthen existing health responses and increase awareness of prevention strategies and support mechanisms, while also minimising the socio-economic impact of the crisis among the young and vulnerable.

During the inauguration of this project for Tanzania, the EU Ambassador, H.E. Manfredo Fanti mentioned that “This project will contribute to tackle two main consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. The first one is on public health and these new facilities will help in providing better care to patients affected also by other pathologies. The second consequence is the social impact, and the project will work with local communities, especially women, and with young people to alleviate the difficulties they face.”

The AKDN representative Mr. Amin Kurji underlined that “In partnership with the Government of Tanzania, AKHST will leverage its networks of clinicians and facilities to support health systems to respond effectively, including through the renovation of health facilities, one being a state of the art High-Dependency Unit at Amana Regional Hospital, as well as the provision of PPE, testing kits and other medical equipment, and training health workers on COVID-19 response and management. AKHST will also develop and disseminate messaging on prevention and protection countrywide.”

At a grassroots level, AKF will work with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to strengthen communities’ ability to prevent and respond to COVID-19. This includes identifying and prioritizing community needs, providing rapid response funds to savings groups to meet emerging needs, partnering with SELCOM to help them transition to digital finance group savings and banking services, and engaging young people through employability skills programs, and young innovative entrepreneurs to scale innovative business solutions that meet immediate, medium, and long-term community needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Tanzania the project is set to benefit 60,000 people and their families.  Speaking during the inauguration on behalf of the Minister of Health, the Director of Preventive Servises (MOHCDGEC), Dr. Leonard Subi thanked the European Union (EU) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the significant step taken to identify the need and provide the significant funding of EUR 1,681,060 equivalent to TSH 4,540,139,605, for resolving the challenges arising from COVID 19 pandemic for a period of two years in four regions. Dr Subi added that, “This is a unique opportunity for residents of Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Lindi and Mtwara to access services and expertise that will help them increase skills and protection to live longer and improve lives of Tanzanians.

Due to scarcity of resources, we invite stakeholders to partner and support the government initiatives, we acknowledge the Aga Khan Development Network for ensuring that our fellow Tanzanians, children, and adults have access to appropriate services to combat this disease. In expanding the scope of access to preventive services and disaster related diseases, the AKDN Institutions in partnership with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the European Union have come up with this project.”

With the spread of the pandemic accelerating in recent months across Africa, many countries’ existing health systems have struggled to keep up, particularly as the virus travels into more rural areas where access to healthcare and up-to-date information on prevention is more challenging. If COVID-19 is not checked, the long-term social and economic effects on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in East Africa could be devastating.

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