Tanzania has one of the world’s lowest health worker densities. With fewer than three health workers per 10,000 people, Tanzania lags far behind the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended minimum ratio of 23 per 10,000 people. Exacerbating the problem, Tanzania’s limited healthcare workforce is concentrated in urban centers, while 70% of the population lives in rural areas.
Even when health workers are available, a number of other factors prevent patients from receiving quality care. Essential medicines are often unavailable, medical equipment is either inadequate or non-functioning, and health facilities are outdated and operating with inefficient management.
Touch Foundation combines the best of private and public sector approaches and expertise to strengthen the Tanzanian health system across different levels of care.
We focus our activities on two key elements of the health system:
- Improving the quantity and quality of health workers
- Enhancing healthcare delivery mechanisms
Touch expands our impact by sharing acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.
Since Touch was founded in 2004, our progams have contributed to:
- 17% of the total number of medical doctors currently available in Tanzania trained through Touch support
- 2,500 health workers trained to date, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, and other health professionals
- 2,000 health students currently enrolled at supported educational institutions, including 800 medical students (versus an inaugural class of 10 in 2004)
- 96%: retention rate of health workers trained through Touch support
- 65,000 pregnant women who will be served by an upgraded maternal-health referral & transportation system in Sengerema and Shinyanga districts
- 620,000 patients whose lives are improved or saved each year at facilities within the Treat & Train Network