IN its efforts to support Tanzania’s health sector, the United States government has renovated three health facilities in regions of the Southern Highlands.
He supported the construction of the facility through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, which is part of the US Department of Defense.
The renovated facilities are Matema Care and Treatment Center, Ipinda Reproductive and Child Health Clinic, and Mwambani Care and Treatment Center in Mbeya and Songwe regions.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, United States Ambassador to Tanzania Dr Donald Wright hailed the new facility as a great symbol of the United States’ commitment to promoting the health of Tanzanians through a partnership with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.
“Let there be no doubt that the United States is a friend of Tanzania, we stand in solidarity with the Government of Tanzania, the Ministry of Health and its health workers, and the people of Tanzania to achieve better results in health, âhe said.
Walter Reed’s national director, Mr. Mark Breda, said the upgraded facilities will provide patients with more space, privacy and improved services, leading to better health outcomes.
The Walter Reed Institute operates around the world, conducting research, fighting disease, and building partnerships with local governments, the military and civilians. It has been operating in Tanzania since 1999, working to end HIV through research and the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) prevention, care and treatment programs.
The Institute works with Tanzanian government agencies, the Tanzanian military, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civilians.
He focuses his work on five regions of the Southern Highlands: Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe and Ruvuma. In these areas, Walter Reed, through his implementing partner, the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International (HJFMRI), provides comprehensive HIV / AIDS care and treatment services to reduce the prevalence of HIV / AIDS. .
With funding from the United States, HJFMRI provides antiretroviral drugs to 200,000 clients and has provided HIV testing and counseling services to over one million Tanzanians.