The general Tanzanian public is set to be registered with the Community Health Fund (CHF), in a move that will see the cutting of unnecessary bureaucracy for medical patients in the country. This is credited to the Direct Health Facility Financing (DHFF) undertaken by the administration.
The project will aim to ensure that medicines are available readily at all medical centers in the nation. The government funded project will draw influence from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) contributes to improving health systems and people’s access to effective health services and medicines worldwide. It combines scientific knowledge and practical expertise to reduce inequalities in health.
The aim will be to provide a support system to health systems to make them more responsive and also meet the demands of different population groups. It will work towards strengthening the demand side through both health promotion and social accountability, the supply side will also aim to improve health service delivery systems in the region.
According to Ms Ongara, alternative strategies were needed to fill the supply gap and to complement the public sector supply system and that MSD would remain the backbone for the supply of medicines.
By channeling finances directly to health facilities, the services to people will be easier and we have already employed 300 accountants who have been deployed to the health centres to ensure that the money is utilised effectively, said Dar es Salaam Acting Regional Medical Officer, Ms Daisy Majamba.