APHFTA is lead by the Board of Directors.
APHFTA CHAIRMAN, Dr S.M.A Hashim
This photo was taken during the Scientific Conference and Exhibition at the 14th Annual General Meeting the 14th of October 2011
This was the Chairman's speech during the 2011 AGM;
Dear APHFTA members and invited Guests – Warm Welcome to you all to this year’s APHFTA DAY. This arrangement is unique as for the first time in the history of our Association we have arranged to have this dedicate day to discuss the affairs of our Association.
The activities for today are shown in the Program provided. The morning session is beginning at 9.00am after members register themselves.
We did not hold APHFTA AGM in 2010. 2010 was a difficult year for the Secretariat and the Board. There were major commitments by the Secretariat in negotiations with various Donor Partners, a number of APHFTA personnel were in training and the staffing was strained to breaking point. It was only this year when the Association secured additional funds to increase staffing both at the National and Zonal levels. I was also ill almost the whole of 2010 until May this year. Still on behalf of APHFTA Board and the National Secretariat, I would like to apologise to the members for this short coming.
During this intervening period from February 2009 and June 2011, APHFTA has made tremendous progress in many spheres. Most of you are aware of the programs that have taken place that involved some of you. It is my hope that this has brought about a positive improvement in your delivery of health care services. We shall continue to provide these services to more of our members and most likely there will be additional products in the coming years as human resource capacity of the Association Secretariat has improved in terms of numbers and quality.
I would like to provide you with an overview and a short history of APHFTA performance since our last AGM in February 2009.
APHFTA is implementing several Projects and Programs. Some of these are ongoing from previous years and some are new programs. Detailed information will be availed to you from the leaders of these Programs. I would like to mention them in brief. These include:
1. Global Fund Round 4 & 8 dedicated to mainly HIV/AIDS (and Malaria).
More than 400 health care providers from 70 private health care facilities have been trained and supported in the delivery of HIV/AIDS services. DANIDA started supporting these programs from 2010.
2. World Diabetic Foundation: This International Organisation has been supporting APHFTA and its members for almost 5 years now and it is our hope they will continue to do so. More than 350 health care providers from 100 APHFTA member facilities have been trained by APHFTA through a World Diabetes Foundation Grant on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) and supported to deliver the NCD services, with special attention to diabetes. NCD school project supports over 80 primary schools across the country and more than 200 teachers have been trained on the importance of nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle, as a means of educating our children early in life to prevent the unnecessary risk of NCD.
3. DANIDA Support. As per Health Sector Program Support (HSPS) IV, following recommendation by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare. DANIDA started supporting APHFTA programs with funds since the 3rd Quarter 2010. This financial support has had tremendous and positive impact on APHFTA’s capacity in supporting its members. We are grateful for this timely support.
4. Medical Credit Fund (MCF): APHFTA plans of establishing a Revolving Development Fund for its members started way back in 2004 and 2005. At last this has come to be in 2009 and financing for our members started in 2010. We now have nearly 60 members in the pipeline either received or about to receive low interest loans for their facilities. This has come about after APHFTA partnered with PharmAccess of Netherlands to launch the MCF
5. USAID Support: The USAID has also responded positively to the call to improve quality of care in the private health sector, and through its support the Private Medical Practice Development Program (PMPDP) is being established and shall soon be active.
6. PSI Familia Project: Private healthcare facilities are also actively involved in the delivery of quality family planning services through PSI Familia Project.
7. Business Management Skills Training Programme: This program has been the brain child of APHFTA and was later supported by Bienmoyo and Teams from Wharton University of the USA in the preparation of Training Modules and participating in the training as well. Bienmoyo Foundation of USA under committed leadership of Dr Jeff Blander played a crucial role in the implementation of the Program. Jeff has been partnering with APHFTA in various projects and he has been a staunch supporter and stakeholder of APHFTA. USAID has now come on board in supporting this program.
8. Quality Improvement Program: A number of our members have benefitted from the new program. DANIDA, USAID and MCF are all contributing towards the implementation and financing of this program. Wharton team and Bienmoyo have also been participating.
APHFTA WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS GRATITUDE TO THE MoH&SW AND ALL DEVELOPING PARTNERS FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT, FINANCIAL OR OTHERWISE, AND WHO HAVE PARTNERED WITH US TO SUPPORT APHFTA’S GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILTY. AHSANTENI SANA.
9. Strategic Development Plan 2011 – 2015: Members will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Jeff Blander who will give a summary in PPP of our Plan. He was the Leader in the preparation of this Plan. On behalf of APHFTA I would like to thank Dr. Jeff Blander for his dedication to support APHFTA. Some of you may have had an opportunity to go through the Plan. It is a very ambitious and well prepared document. It will be a challenge to all of us to implement it.
10. APHFTA HEADQUARTERS: A new Plot has been acquired in Kibaha. It is around 3500 sqm in size.
11. Future Funding for Members: IFC & Acumen Fund are future possibilities.
12. MOU with other relevant stakeholders: APHFTA has in place several MOUs with a number of Stakeholders. These include:
a. PATH – Collaboration on TB Programs
b. PSI – On Familia Project and family planning Programs
APHFTA is also signing additional MOUs with:
c. BIENMOYO FOUNDATION: In order to strengthen our partnership
d. TAMSA (Tanzania Medical Students Association, MUHAS Chapter): Initially as Pilot Project, but with success, to be extended to all Medical schools (Hubert Kairuki Memorial Medical School, KCMC, Bugando and UDOM. Ultimately APHFTA plans to implement this arrangement with all Health-related training institution in the country. The aims are:
i. To support student organizations
ii. To provide them with basic Management Skills training
iii. Educate them on issues related to the Private Health sector and expound on the available opportunities in the private health sector
iv. Develop capacity within APHFTA to promote and finance the establishment of Group Medical Practice by providing/facilitating and nurturing them.
c. MOH&SW and APHFTA: We have started the process.
[BOD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AGM DISCUSSION/APPROVAL:
A. Board of Trustees:
Patron & Board of Trustee has to be put in place soon.
B. Suggested new Subscription fees to our members:
It was agreed and resolved the fees structure be as follows:
· Registered Hospitals Annual fee shall be TZS 150,000/=
· Registered Health Centers Annual fee shall be TZS 80,000/=
· Registered Dispensaries,
Laboratories, ADDO, and
& Nursing Homes Annual fee shall be 60,000/=
· Non-service providers, Corporate
Organizations Annual fee will be 250,000/=
It was resolved to submit these recommendations to the AGM for discussion, amendment where desired and approved.
This new fees structure if applicable and implemented shall substantially raise annual APHFTA income.
C. Honorarium Payment to elected office bearers:
This is item is referred to ion the present Constitution at 184.108.40.206 paragraph (j) which states, and I quote “The Board of Directors may recommend to the General Meeting amount of remuneration payable to Honorary office bearers and Secretariat staff and reasons thereof for consideration and approval before implementation”.
The Board is bringing this issue to the Annual General Meeting for discussion / amendment and approval.
· 25% of Annual fees collected from each Zone be returned to the Zone to strengthen activities of the Zonal branch. 30% of this amount can be set aside as honorarium to elected office bearers annually. The remaining 75% be retained at the National Secretariat, and 30% of which may be set aside annually to pay Honorarium to elected office bearers and National Secretariat staff.
· After a long discussion the issue was allowed to be presented to the AGM for consideration.]
v Today APHFTA boasts of membership in excess of 500. The potential is nearly 2000 + and expanding. Great opportunities are in the horizon for APHFTA and its members. It is up to us to remain committed to improve our services in terms of quality, affordability, efficient and client-orientated services that are sensitive to the old, those with disability, children and women.
v APHFTA members must be transparent in their dealings with their organization, APHFTA. We need regular and accurate data from you in order to build our data bank. This in turn will make APHFTA stronger in representing its members. DPs require us to provide them with accurate data to build our case for funding for you. It is up to you therefore to provide us with the means to build our case.
v Members have to start building their own network of referral system. We should stop being jealous of each other. Elaborate.
Lastly, I would like to bring to your attention the importance of this day:
1. This AGM is an important forum for members to know each other. Make new friend where possible for social or professional benefits.
2. It is an important information transmission and information gathering forum between your Association and yourselves
3. It is a forum for you members without whom there will be no APHFTA to assist APHFTA in meeting its obligations by providing it with advice, guidance, support and constructive criticisms.
4. Important sessions following include:
a. Presentation/discussion/approval of The New 5-Year Strategic Development Plan
b. Presentation/discussion/approval of the “amended Constitution”
c. Discussion on APHFTA Board recommendations for your approval
d. ELECTION of office bearers for the next term. This shall be one of the most important functions of this meeting today. I cannot stress enough the importance of this final exercise. It is up to you to remain sober in the process. You will be entrusting the future survival & growth of the institution in your next leaders. For me that is all I can say as regards this particular exercise.
FINALLY please accept my personal appreciation for the cooperation I have received from the Board, the Secretariat, National and Zonal, as well as individuals at the Secretariat and Board members and many other colleagues, members of the DP, MoH&SW officials for their cooperation, respect and support. To me personally my tenure as President and later Chairman of APHTA AND APHFTA has been challenging but most rewarding. I have learnt a lot from everyone. To all I say AHSANTENI SANA. I shall always cherish the memories of being an APHFTA member.
Thank you all.
Dr. Hashim, S.M.A.