On the 24th of May, during the fifth and last meeting with the Advisory Board in Tanzania, SURG-Africa presented the achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the project, after four years working closely with local clinicians, professional associations and other stakeholders to bring quality, safe surgery closer to rural communities.
Among some of these achievements, SURG-Africa reported:
After the meeting, the Advisory Board members visited Meru and Huruma district hospitals to witness the project achievements first-hand from the beneficiaries. They found it remarkable that Huruma hospital had already begun to use their surgical care providers who benefited from the project, to train other surgical care providers at nearby health centres. This facility allocated funds to facilitate the training.
The Advisory Board showed their willingness to support SURG-Africa in advocating for the uptake of the project outputs and scale up of the supervision model throughout the country.
SURG-Africa Advisory Board members include representatives from the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC): Dr. Caroline Damian, Non-communicable diseases and NSOAP coordinator, and Tumainieli Macha, Monitoring and Evaluation director; and the President's Office Regional Administration and Local Governments (PORALG): Dr. James Tumaini Kengia, coordinator for regional health management teams, health system strengthening resource centre, emergency medical services and research & publication.
In Tanzania, two ministries are responsible for health matters: the MOHCDGEC, a policy maker, manages referral, zonal and national hospitals, and PORALG that manages primary health facilities (dispensaries, health centres and district hospitals).