Dr. Halfan explained on the origin of the High Level Meeting, which is a result of one of the resolutions from the first annual Tanzania Health Summit (2014).
The heads from the organizing committee; MoHSW, APHFTA, TMHS, CSSC and BAKWATA and other distinguished stakeholders, agreed that there is a need of dignitaries in the health sector to meet, discuss and come up with implementable resolutions that can be worked on to improve the health sector. These meetings will therefore act as a platform where private, public partners can sit, share experience and come up with resolutions that can be worked on. He urged members to be active and come up with resolutions that will improve the health sector and pave way for medical tourism in Tanzania.
Tanzania’s Potential to Become a Center of Excellence in Healthcare Services. By Dr. Samuel Ogiro
Dr.Ogiro started by highlighting the number of opportunities that Tanzania as a country, and its health sector has. He mentioned opportunities such as eight bordering countries that are not advanced in health care provision, political stability, an excellent Tropical Climate and big population with High number of Health Training institutions (HRH). He further reminded participants that Tanzania is a member of EAC, SADC, AU and UN and that Tanzanias’ PPP Policy, Laws and Guidelines are in place. His paper further reminded members on the vast Land and Natural attractions that can be packaged for patients. He then spoke of the state of the “business of health” and how research indicates that world health medical tourism is expected to grow at 15 – 25% annually. He showed participants figures that indicated how Africans seek for medical health abroad, despite the available resources in Africa. Dr.Ogilo then mentioned five strategic pillars for establishing centers of excellence in Tanzania; creation of an enabling environment, development of the health tourism products, marketing of the health tourism products, Human Resource development and putting in place a medical products and technology strategy. The paper concluded with a provision of a way forward for Tanzania.
Public Private Partnership legal framework and Challenges. By Dr. Mariam Ongara
Dr.Ongara started by outlining the history of Public Private Partnership before and after independence. She mentioned a number of policies and how they all involve the public private partnership. The presentation then outlined some of the investment opportunities in the health sector, which include construction and rehabilitation of health facilities, specialized referral services, human resource/capacity building in the health sector and contracting services like diagnostic services. Others include contracting of non – core services (such as laundry, security), health commodities (such as medicine and supplies), eHealth interventions, mobile Applications and healthcare financing. The presentation ended with indicating the fertile investment environment of the Tanzanian health sector, especially political stability and an already existing infrastructure.