WHO, Ireland partner to strengthen health system resilience in Tanzania

  • World
  • Friday, 08 Dec 2023

DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of Ireland on Thursday signed an agreement to pilot a new project that will improve ongoing efforts to strengthen health system resilience to effectively respond to emergencies in Tanzania, the WHO said in a statement.

The new project involving 200,000 euros (about 215,261 U.S. dollars) will be implemented in Tanzania's Tanga, Kigoma, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam regions, and Zanzibar, said the statement.

The project aims to bolster the capacity of healthcare systems, especially at the sub-national level, to respond to health emergencies effectively, and respond to global challenges like emerging diseases, climate change impacts, and natural disasters that threaten healthcare systems, said the statement.

Speaking after the signing of the agreement, WHO representative to Tanzania Charles Sagoe-Moses said the need to reinforce the health system's resilience at the sub-national level has become increasingly evident in the face of evolving health threats and emergencies.

Charles thanked the government of Ireland for joining hands with WHO to support Tanzania's efforts towards staying prepared and effectively responding to health emergencies.

Tanzania has faced pockets of disease outbreaks, including cholera and the Marburg virus, necessitating improved resilience, particularly at the sub-national level, said the statement.

According to the statement, the initiative will be managed by WHO and implemented over 12 months in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.

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