Washington, D.C. (Jan. 22) - The ACTION Leadership Group is pleased to announce that Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT), a non-profit organization based in Dar es Salaam, has formally joined the partnership as lead in-country advocacy partner in Tanzania.
Led by Peter Bujari, MD, MBA, HDT’s significant experience is in policy monitoring, budget analysis, and advocacy strategies with specific focus on maternal and child health.
The partnership became official in November 2017.
Bujari will join his first Leadership Group meeting to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, January 31 to February 1, 2018. The Leadership Group is the governing body of ACTION, made up of the heads of each member institution.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome HDT to ACTION,” said Leadership Group chair and executive director of KANCO, Allan Ragi. “As we advance our work in Tanzania, we very much look forward to working with HDT on health issues across ACTION priority areas.”
Ragi noted that HDT’s mission is strongly aligned with the advocacy work of ACTION. They are particularly well positioned to complement ongoing work in Tanzania and East Africa overall and contribute to ACTION’s global goals. These include advocating for investments in effective health services for the poorest and most underserved people and pushing for policy changes toward improved outcomes in child health, nutrition, infectious disease treatment, and sustainable health systems.
“It’s a great privilege to join the ACTION partnership,” Bujari said. “We will help to build the global network of champions, responsive institutions, and engaged communities needed sustain political will and political action on global health. Here, in Tanzania, we will support the government’s overall goal of reaching all households with essential health and social services.”
Bujari has more than 10 years’ experience in management as well as expertise in policy analysis, advocacy, project design, and monitoring and evaluation. He earned his medical degree at the University of Dar es Salaam and his MBA from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. His team at HDT includes over 20 staff, with four senior managers providing oversight to four departments.
Health Promotion Tanzania was founded in 2004 as Human Development Trust, an indigenous organization working on health, poverty, and related development issues. In 2012, an internal review was conducted to reflect on past achievements and identify a more targeted niche. The process led to a name change while maintaining the long-time acronym, HDT—and a focus shift to include work on maternal and child health. At the national level, HDT has been addressing issues of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, RMNCH (reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health), and nutrition among under-five, pregnant women, and people living with HIV.
Several ACTION partners have been working with HDT for more than a decade, most recently conducting an analysis on nutrition and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in partnership with PANITA (the Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania) and with regional support from KANCO and WACI Health.
ACTION is a partnership of 13 locally rooted organizations around the world that advocate together to build political will and increase investments for global health. Our partners: Æquitas (India), CITAMplus (Zambia), Global Health Advocates France, Global Health Advocates India, Health Promotion Tanzania, KANCO (Kenya), Princess of Africa Foundation (South Africa), RESULTS International Australia, RESULTS Canada, RESULTS Educational Fund (U.S.), RESULTS Japan, RESULTS UK, and WACI Health (Kenya and South Africa).