The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) and Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) met at MUHAS in a meeting to plan the implementation of Transforming Health Education in Tanzania (THET) project on 10th and 11th December 2018.

THET is a consortium of three Tanzanian Institutions MUHAS, KCMUCo and CUHAS with two long-standing United States partners, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Duke University. This consortium is funded by Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through PEPFAR’s Health Professionals Education Initiative (HEPI) and MUHAS as the prime recipient, under the leadership of Prof. Ephata Kaaya as the Principal Investigator.

Speaking during the two-day planning meeting, Prof. Kaaya explained to the participants the main goal of the THET project and its three major aims. He further stressed that innovation is the hallmark of the THET project.

During the cause of the two-day planning meeting, the three institutions were able to plan strategic innovative approaches for implementation based on their complementary expertise and experience to transform the educational environment for doctors and nurses in Tanzania so that they can deliver quality care and improve health outcomes of the Tanzanian population including marginalized communities and those with HIV/AIDS. The outcomes of THET are will be scaled-up to cover all health professions and Health Professions training Universities in Tanzania.

Among other participants, the meeting was attended by Prof. Paschalis Rugarabamu, Co-PI and the Vice-Chancellor of CUHAS and Prof. Kien Mteta, Co-PI and KCMUCo Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs.