To Reach the People: Transforming Health Professionals Education in Tanzania (THET) Project was launched on 19th February 2019 at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) Campus, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. THET is a five-year project (2018-2023), funded by Fogarty under Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) program.
It is a consortium of three Tanzanian Universities; MUHAS, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) in collaboration with two United States partners, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and Duke University, with the overall aim of transforming the educational environment for doctors and nurses in Tanzania so that they can deliver quality care and improve health outcomes for the all people including marginalized communities and those with HIV/AIDS.
In this event the Principle Investigator (PI), Prof. Ephata Kaaya gave the background and overarching goals of HEPI and THET. He made clear that the goal of THET is to transform the educational environment for doctors and nurses so that they can deliver quality care and improve health outcomes for the Tanzanian people.
The PI further said that this will be done through addressing the quality of medical and nursing training by developing harmonized competency-based curricula (CBC) across our institutions to provide the skills needed to practice in rural communities, harnessing the power of technology and introduce innovative teaching pedagogies, and mentor faculty to develop academic careers as educators and researchers, and building communities of practice and an enabling environment at each institution to retain the best faculty for research and to teach the next generation of nurses and doctors, and other professions.
The Project was launched by the MUHAS Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic, Research and Consultancy (DVC-ARC), Prof. Appolinary Kamuhabwa representing the Vice-Chancellor of MUHAS. In his launching speech, the DVC-ARC said that MUHAS is honored and privileged to be the lead for the project “Transforming Health Professions Education in Tanzania (THET)”.
Prof. Kamuhabwa said that this event marked the beginning of an era of collaboration among national institutions. “The strong relationship between our institutions is bearing deserving fruits and I strongly suggest that we should not allow this burning fire to fizzle out, but rather we should see more joint activities and collaborative projects in the near future”, he added.
The CUHAS Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic, Research and Consultancy, Prof. Stephen Mshana, gave the vote of thanks to the Guest of Honor and said it was an honor to have him launching this important project since he is the one who will be overseeing the success of it. Moreover, he thanked the collaborating partners for these initiatives, the funders Fogarty through NHI and the PI for managing the success of the project.
The event was attended by partners from the collaboration institutions (MUHAS, KCMUCo, CUHAS, UCSF and Duke University) and stakeholders of the project including the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), health professionals’ bodies and councils, medical and nursing students’ professional bodies organizations, students’ organizations, Health Professions Educators Groups (HPEGs), Young Research Peers and MUHAS Heads of academic departments.