Mkurugenzi wa Global Health kutokea Taasis ya GE, Asha Varghese akizungumzia ushiriki wa Taasis hiyo katika kongamano hilo
Mganga Mkuu wa Serikali Professa Muhammed Bakari akizungumza kwenye uzinduzi wa kongamano la siku mbili la wadau wa Afya kujadili hali ya upasuaji nchini (medical operation)
Washiriki wa kongamano hilo wakiwa kwenye picha ya pamoja.
Mganga Mkuu wa Serikali Professa Muhammed Bakari akijadiliana jambo na washiriki wa mkutano huo.
Mganga Mkuu wa Serikali Professa Muhammed Bakari akizungumza na waandishi wa habari kuhusiana na changamoto zitokanazo na uhaba wa wataalamu wa upasuaji nchini na mengineo kuhusiana na kongamano hilo.
Wadau mbalimbali wa sekta ya Afya wanaoshiriki kongamano hilo wakifuatilia kwa umakini mjadala uliokuwa unaendelea.
The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and Safe Surgery 2020 officially launch the National Surgical, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Plan Process.
The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) in collaboration with Safe Surgery 2020 officially launched the National Surgical, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) drafting process by convening Working Groups in Dar Es Salaam.
The Planning process was officially launched by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Tanzania, Dr. Mpoki Ulisubisya, and Ms Asha Verghese- Director, Developing Health Globally at the General Electric Foundation (GE Foundation) and Deputy Permanent Secretary for health at the President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PORALG), Dr. Zainab Chaula the Director of Health and Nutrition services at PORALG, Dr. Ntuli Kapologwe as well as Regional and District Medical Officers.
The need for a National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan has been informed by various studies highlighting the urgent need to prioritize safe surgery in Tanzania. A study carried out using the WHO Tool for Situational Analysis to Assess Emergency and Essential Surgical Care in 2012 found that the average travel distance for patients receiving surgical care is 119 km in Tanzania.1 The Lancet Commission on global surgery recommends that by the year 2030, 80% of the population should have access to emergency surgical care within 2hrs. However, the current proportion of Tanzania’s population that cannot access surgery within two hours is unknown.
The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery estimates that at least 20-40 surgical specialists are needed per 100,000 population. Tanzania’s density of specialist surgical workforce is 0.31 physician surgeons, obstetricians and anesthesiologists per 100,000 population. Although the rural population accounts for over 70% of the population in Tanzania, many hospitals across the country have no permanent surgical or medical specialist, anesthesiologist, and/or healthcare workers with formal specialty training in emergency or critical care.
Furthermore, the high expenses involved are known to delay seeking care and are often a major factor in the decision not to seek care at all. Lack of affordable, quality healthcare traps families into poverty where a third of households have to borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.
Therefore, to address these challenges, the National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan will bring together clinicians, practitioners, implementers, and policymakers to work on solutions to the current state of the surgical system in Tanzania, identify what developments are necessary for a functional surgical system as well as identify which of these should be prioritized for the next seven years. The plan aims to improve access to quality, timely and affordable services as well as coordinate the existing efforts to avoid overlap.
Five teams will be formed to discuss terms of reference around workforce, service delivery, infrastructure, information management and financing and governance. It is anticipated that this plan will be completed and launched for implementation by the end of 2017.
This collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Safe Surgery 2020 demonstrates both the public and private sectors’ continuing roles in bringing safe, accessible and affordable surgery to the citizens of Tanzania.