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Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA)

Summary

APHFTA is involved in advocacy, training and capacity building, research, and networking of Private Health Facilities (PHFs) in Tanzania. In collaboration with various local and international bodies, it works as an umbrella organization for the whole private health sector in Tanzania.

Program goals

APHFTA aims to strengthen the health and well being of all Tanzanian citizens by establishing the private health sector as a recognized, committed, and equal partner capable of delivering high quality and affordable health care services.5 Regions which are in the Social Franchising project- Dar es salaam,Mwanza,Arusha,Mbeya and Morogoro with a total of 100 facilities are expected to be enrolled for the year 2013. Pooled procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment is a proposition that can be worked out in partnership with our members from the Pharmaceutical sector.

Key program components

APHFTA is promotes of the following programs:

The Quality Improvement Program provides technical support by a team of quality experts who enroll PHFs in the program, train them on quality improvement, and take them through a grading system that has been formulated by the SAFECARE initiative.

Family Planning Services Program reaches out to PHFs to provide training and support for HIV/AIDS care and treatment, Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission, and Home Based Care support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Non-Communicable Disease Program reaches out to PHFs in mainland Tanzania to provide health worker training focused on diabetes, hypertension and health lifestyle interventions. Facilities are provided with tool-kits for diabetes clinics, and receive ongoing supervision and support. Schools and communities are also targeted with health promotion training provided to teachers and local promotion of screening campaigns.

The Strengthening Support Program has implemented a Medical Credit Fund program in Tanzania to help private health facilities access loans for quality improvement projects.

The Private Health Sector HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Program enrolls PHFs from all across mainland Tanzania. The program gives them access to health provider training, nutrition supplements for patients, and support with the procurement of essential equipment. APHFTA links PHFs to their respective district health administration.

The Continuous Medical Education Program gives members access to scientific conferences, structured courses, and the Africa Health Journal and its Tanzanian counterpart to support ongoing learning and growth.

The Human Resources Information System (HRIS) is working on the development of a database which helps track the nation's health workers to allow leaders to better understand the current workforce and plan for recruitment, training, and retention.

Private Medical Practice Development Program has provided a business-training workshop to local Tanzania Medical Student Association in conjunction with support from the Wharton Business School.