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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MAFUNDI MITAMBO REDIO 25 ZA KIJAMII WATEMBELEA SHIRIKA LA UTANGAZAJI TBC KUJIFUNZA KWA VITENDO

Principle Engener kutoka TBC, Noel Mtenga akitoa ufafanuzi kuhusu gari la kurushia matangazo la TBC 1 linavyofanya kazi wakati wa mafunzo kwa vitendo kwa mafundi mitambo kutoka redio jamii 25 zilizopo Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar.
Mwahariri wa Habari za Kimataifa wa Shirika la Utangazaji Tanzania (TBC), Nyambona Masamba akiwaelezea mafundi mitambo wa Radio za jamii kuhusu namna wanavyopata habari za Kimataifa pamoja na jinsi wanavyozihariri kabla ya kurushwa hewani wakati wa ziara ya mafunzo yaliyofanyika katika Shirika la Utangazaji(TBC).
Mtangazaji wa Shirika la Utangazaji Tanzania (TBC), Ramadhan Mpenda akiwaelezea kiwaelezea mafundi mitambo wa Radio za jamii namna wanavyorusha habari kwenye moja ya studio ya TBC 1 iliyopo Mikocheni jijini Dar es Salaam.

RAIS DKT. MAGUFULI AHUTUBIA BUNGE LA AFRIKA MASHARIKI (EALA) KATIKA UKUMBI WA MSEKWA MKOANI DODOMA

 Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli akikagua gwaride lililoandaliwa na Jeshi la Polisi mara baada ya kuwasili katika viwanja vya Bunge kwa ajili ya kuhutubia Bunge la Afrika Mashariki (EALA) linalofanyika kwa mara ya kwanza katika makao makuu ya Serikali mjini Dodoma.
  Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli akiwa amesimama wakati wa Wimbo wa Taifa ulipokuwa ukipigwa katika viwanja vya Bunge mjini Dodoma kabla ya kwenda kuhutubia Bunge la Afrika Mashariki linalofanyika kwa mara ya kwanza katika makao makuu ya Serikali mjini Dodoma.

PUMA ENERGY TANZANIA YAZINDUA MAFUNZO MAALUM YA USALAMA BARABARANI KWA WANAFUNZI SHULE ZA MSINGI

Meneja Mkuu wa Puma Tanzania, Philippe Corsaletti akizungumza kuhusu wanavoshiriki na kufanikisha mafunzo ya usalama barabarani kwa wanafunzi wa shule za msingi hapa nchini ambapo kwa mwaka huu watatoa mafunzo kwa shule 22 kwa mkoa wa Ruvuma na Dar es Salaam.
Trafki kutoka makao makuu, ASP Mbuja Matibu akinzumgumza na waandishi wa habari katika uzinduzi wa mafunzo ya Usalama barabarani kwa wanafunzi wa shule za msingi mkoa ya Dar es Salaam.

Waziri wa Afya azindua ugawaji wa vyandarua vyenye dawa ya muda mrefu Kigoma


WAZIRI Wa Afya maendeleo ya Jamiii jinsia Wazee na Watoto Ummy Mwalimu ''Vyandarua  bure kwa Wajawazito na Watoto,atakaeuza kukiona''.Waziri Ummy akizungumza leo kwenye ugawaaji wa Vyandarua katika Zahanati ya Mwandiga mapema leo,mkoani Kigoma.
WAZIRI Wa Afya maendeleo ya Jamiii jinsia Wazee na Watoto Ummy Mwalimu akimkabidhi chandarua chenye dawa ya muda mrefu Mwantum Mohammed baada ya kuzindua kuzindua ugawaji endelevu wa vyandarua vyenye dawa ya muda mrefu kwa akinamama wajawazito na watoto wenye umri wa mwaka mmoja, mpango ambao unaendeshwa na shirika la Johns Hopkins kupitia mradi wa Vectors Work chini ya ufadhili wa USAID kupitia mfuko wa Rais wa Marekani wa kupambana na Malaria. Kulia ni mwakilishi wa USAID Tanzania Andy Karas. 

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Nuclear isotopes help to sustain agriculture and good farming


The main goal of innovation and the development of new technologies is to make our lives better and safer. Technology can be regarded as a primary source of economic development and the various technological changes contribute significantly to the development of emerging countries. Nuclear technology is no exception. Nuclear science and technologies have various peaceful applications to offer. They can help countries to produce more food, treat serious diseases and protect water resources among other uses. Nuclear science developments cover nearly all areas of the Sustainable Development Goals, set by the United Nations to spur global development by 2030.

Let us explore some examples.
Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar were among the pioneers to use nuclear radiation to win the fight against tsetse fly.
The nuclear based sterile insect technique (SIT) played a fundamental role in totally eradicating the tsetse fly population on the island. SIT is a form of insect pest control that involves the mass-breeding and sterilization of male tsetse flies using ionizing radiation in special facilities. The sterile males are released systematically from the ground or by air in tsetse-infested areas, where they mate with wild females, which do not subsequently produce offspring.
The results were impressive. Since 2014 socio-economic studies have shown that the total number of local cattle breeds have increase by more than 35%. That made it possible for local farmers to earn more than 20% of their total income from the livestock business.
The sterile insect technique saves countries many millions of dollars per year and protects farmers’ livelihoods.
“The removal of the tsetse fly has been one of the most important achievements to enhance agriculture and improve the livelihoods of farmers in the last 20 years,” said Khalfan Saleh of the Ministry of Agriculture, who oversaw the national eradication campaign.
“The elimination of nagana has resulted in a reduction in abortion rates in cattle, calf mortality and an increase in meat and milk production as well as an increase in numbers of crossbred cows,” Saleh said.

Nuclear technologies are indispensable in achieving food security.
With nuclear technologies farmers have learned to develop new varieties of crops, which are higher-yielding and more resistant to drought andvarious plant diseases.
By applying radiation in the laboratory, scientists accelerate the spontaneous mutation process that occurs in nature all the time. They can develop new varieties of crops very quickly. This does not involve genetic modification of the plants.
The examples are striking. In Benin, soybean farmers were able to triple their income using the benefits of nuclear irradiation. The implementation of isotopic techniques also makes it easy to regulate the amount of nitrogen in the soil, which is necessary for healthy plant growth.
 “The irradiation does not make the plant radioactive, like a medical X-ray does not make a person radioactive,” said Ljupcho Jankuloski, a plant breeder at the Vienna-based Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, run jointly by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He noted that the method has been used worldwide for more than 70 years and has generated over 3,200 crop varieties. Mr. Jankuloski has been helping a team of scientists in Central African Republic to boost cassava (manioc) production. Cassava mosaic virus affects an estimated 85 percent of cassava plants, disfiguring leaves, stunting growth, and sometimes destroying the root entirely. In response, irradiation techniques derived from nuclear science are being used to create healthier cassava strains that could better resist diseases and boost yields significantly. Ephrem Kosh-Komba, vice dean of the science faculty at the University of Bangui (CAR) says: “nuclear knowledge can actually help humanity through development projects”.

MZISIMAMIE NGOs ZIFANYE KAZI: MSAJILI NGOs

 Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Mashirika Yasiyo ya Kiserikali na Msajili wa Mashirika hayo Bw. Marcel Katemba akizungumza na Wasajili Wasaidizi wa Mashirka Yasiyo ya Kiserikali kutoka katika Halmashauri na Wilaya za Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam katika kikao baina yake na Wasajili Wasaidizi hao na wadau wa Mashirika Yasiyo ya Kiserikali kilicholenga kuboresha namna bora ya uendeshaji wa mashirika hayo mkoani humo.
 Baadhi ya Wasajili Wasaidizi wa Mashirika Yasiyo ya Kiserikali Mkoani Dar es Salaam wakifuatilia mada na mafunzo mbalimbali yaliyokuwa yakitolea na Msajili wa Mashirika hayo katika kikao kilichowakutanisha kujadili namna bora ya uendeshaji wa mashirika hayo mkoani humo kilichofanyika katika Ukumbi wa Karimjee.

MSANII DIAMOND KUTOA BURUDANI KOMBE LA DUNIA 2018 NCHINI URUSI

 Msanii Diamond akiongea katika mkutano na waandishi wa habari jijini Dar es alaam (katikati) ni Sealouise Shayo, Meneja wa Chapa ya Coca-Cola nchini (kulia) ni Meneja wake Sallam SK.
 Msanii Diamond na Nahreel katika mkutano wa waandishi wa habari, wengine ni maofisa wa Coca-Cola na mameneja wa msanii Diamond.

NIMERIDHISHWA NA MAADHALIZI YA SHEREHE ZA MUUNGANO-MAJALIWA

Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akitazama onesho lahalaiki, wakati alipokagua maandalizi ya sherehe za miaka 54 ya Muungano wa Tanganyika na Zanzibar, kwenye uwanja wa Jamhuri mjini Dodoma Aprili 24, 2018. Kutoka kulia ni Katibu Mkuu Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, (Sera na Uratibu) Profesa Faustine Kamuzola, Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma, Dkt. Bilinith Mahenge, Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu Sera, Bunge, Kazi, Vijana, Ajira na Wenye Ulemavu , Jenista Mhagama, Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Ulinzi na Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa, Dr Florens Turuka, naMkuu wa Majeshi ya Tanzania, Jenerali Venance Mabeyo.(Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu)
Askari wa Jeshi la Magereza, wakionesha zoezi la kupambana na adui mbele Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa, wakati alipokagua maandalizi ya sherehe za miaka 54 ya Muungano wa Tanganyika na Zanzibar, kwenye uwanja  wa Jamhuri mjini Dodoma Aprili 24, 2018. (Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu)

TUME YA KUREKEBISHA SHERIA TANZANIA YAMPONGEZA AGNES MGEYEKWA KUTEULIWA KUWA JAJI WA MAHAKAMA KUU TANZANIA

 Jaji wa Mahakama Kuu, Agnes Mgeyekwa akipokea ua kutoka kwa afisa Sheria wa Tume ya Kurekebisha Sheria Christina Binali kufuatia kuteuliwa kushika wadhifa huo. Mgeyekwa kabla ya kuteuliwa alikuwa Katibu Msaidizi wa Tume.
 Katibu Mtendaji wa Tume ya Kurekebisha Sheria Casmir Kyuki akizungumza wakati wa kumpongeza Agnes Mgeyekwa kuteuliwa Jaji wa Mhakama Kuu ya Tanzania.
 Jaji wa Mahakama Kuu Tanzania Mhe Agnes Mgeyekwa akitoa neno kwa watumishi wa Tume ya Kurekebisha Sheria

TANZANIA NA ISRAEL KUANGALIA NAMNA YA KUSHIRIKIANA KATIKA MASUALA YA SHERIA

Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali Dk. Adelardus Kilangi akiwa katika mazugumzo na Waziri wa Sheria wa Israel Bi, Aylet Shaked. Katika mazungumzo hayo yaliyofanyika katika Ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Kimatifa wa Julius Nyerere ( JNICC) jijini Dar es Salaam, viongozi hao walikubaliana kwamba Tanzania na Israel zinayo maeneo ambayo kila nchi inaweza kujifunza kutoka kwa mwenzie hususani katika eneo la utoaji haki na usimamiaji wa sheria na kwamba kuna haja kupitia kwa Wanasheria Wakuu wa Serikali wa nchi hizo mbili kukutana ili kujadiliana maeneo ya kushirikiana. Waziri wa Sheria wa Israel yupo nchini akiongoza ujumbe wa wafanyabiashara. ( picha na Ofisi ya AG)
Katika hatua nyingine, Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali Dk. Adelardus Kilangi amekutana na kufanya mazugumzo na Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar Bw. Said Hassan Said. Katika mazungumzo yao viongozi hao wamebadilishana mawazo ya namna ya kushirikiana katika utekelezaji wa majukumu yao ya kila siku yanayosimamia masuala ya sheria na utaoaji haki. Pichani Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Zanzibar Bw. Said Hassan Said akimkabidhi Dk. Adelardus Kilangi Katiba ya Zanzibar ( picha na Ofisi ya AG

RAIS MAGUFULI AUFAGILIA MFUKO WA PENSHENI WA PSPF KWA UWEKEZAJI WENYE TIJA DODOMA

 Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muunganio wa Tanzania, Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli mwenye mkasi), akiungana na baadhi ya mawaziri na viongozi wengine kukata utepe ikiwa ni ishara ya uzinduzi rasmi wa jingo la kitegauchumi la Mfuko wa Pensheni wa PSPF, (PSPF DODOMA PLAZA), mjini humo Aprili 23, 2018. Jengo hilo lenye urefu wa ghorofa 12, tayari limepangishwa kwa takriban asilimia 100.
 Rais Magufuli, akimpongeza Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa PSPF, Bw. Adam Mayingu, mara baada ya kufunua kitambaa ikiwa ni ishara ya uzinduzi rasmi wa jingo la kitega uchumi la Mfuko huo mjini Dodoma.

WANAWAKE WA GAIRO WAUNGA MKONO JUHUDI ZA RAIS MAGUFULI KATIKA KUANZISHA VIWANDA

Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Gairo, Siriel Mchembe akipongezwa na mchungaji Canon Chamwenye wa kanisa Anglikana Msingisi mara baada ya kumaliza kuongea na akina mama juu ya kuanzisha kiwanda ili waweze kujikwamua katika maisha yao.
Mmoja ya akinamama akitoa shukrani ya kuku kwa mkuu wa wilaya ya Gairo, Siriel Mchembe.

WAZIRI MKUU MAJALIWA AKUTANA NA WABUNGE WA AFRIKA YA MASHARIKI WANAOIWAKILISHA TANZANIA

 Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na wabunge wa Bunge la  Afrika ya Mashariki wanaoiwakilisha  Tanzania, Ofisini kwake mjini Dodoma Aprili 23, 2018.  Kutoka kushoto ni Josephine Lemoyan,  Happiness Lugiko, Mhandisi Habibu Mnyaa, Mariam Ussi Yahya, Alhaj Adam Kimbisa, Fancy Nkuhi na Dkt. Abdullah Hasnuu Makame. (Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu)
 Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na wabunge wa Bunge la Afrika ya Mashariki wanaoiwakilisha Tanzania baada ya kuzungumza nao, Ofisini kwake mjini Dodoma, Aprili 23, 2018. Kutoka kushoto ni Mhandisi Habibu Mnyaa, Josephine Lemoyan, Dkt. Abdullah Hasnuu Makame, Alhaj Adam Kimbisa,  Mariam Ussi Yahya, Happiness Lugiko na  Fancy Nkuhi. (Picha na ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu)

WAZIRI MHAGAMA AMTAKA MSAJILI WA VYAMA KUCHUKUA HATUA KWA VYAMA VINAVYOKIUKA SHERIA NA MIONGOZO ILIYOPO

 Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu (Sera, Bunge, Kazi, Vijana, Ajira na Wenye Ulemavu) Mhe.Jenista Mhagama akizungumza na waandishi wa habari juu ya Ufafanuzi wa Hoja za ofisi yake zilizoainishwa katika Ripoti ya  Mthibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kwa Mwaka wa fedha unoishia Juni 30, 2018 Bungeni Dodoma.
 Baadhi ya waandishi wa habari wakifuatilia mkutano ulioandaliwa na Idara ya Habari Maelezo, Kwa Mawaziri walipokutana kutoa ufafanuzi kwa baadhi ya hoja zilizoainishwa katika Ripoti ya Mthibiti na Ukaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kwa Mwaka wa fedha unoishia Juni 30, 2018.

Mafundi mitambo wa redio jamii watakiwa kutumia nafasi zao kuleta mabadiliko

 Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Ufundi wa Shirika la Utangazaji Tanzania (TBC), Mwandisi Upendo Mbele wakati wa uzinduzi wa mafunzo ya ufundi mitambo ya kurushia matangazo ya redio kwa mafundi mitambo wa redio jamii 25 kutoka Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar ambayo yameandaliwa na Shirika la Umoja wa Mataifa la Elimu, Sayansi na Utamaduni (UNESCO).
 Baadhi ya washiriki wa mafunzo ya ufundi mitambo ya kurushia matangazo ya redio kwa mafundi mitambo wa redio jamii 25 kutoka Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar ambayo yameandaliwa na Shirika la Umoja wa Mataifa la Elimu, Sayansi na Utamaduni (UNESCO).

Monday, April 23, 2018

Water as an immediate energy solution for Tanzania

It is common knowledge that water sustains alllife on Earth and that nothing can be grown or survive without it. When used effectively, water can also provide clean electricity for millions of people. In this review, we will discuss how it can be done without affecting the environment and why it is so important to us in Tanzania. 
Tanzania has abundant energy sources, most of which remain unexploited. Hydro has traditionally played a significant role, with an installed capacity of 562 MW, which accounts for roughly one-third of the total installed power capacity. With a hydro potential of 4.7 GW, the country plans to further development this source, but views weak transmission infrastructure as a significant short-term barrier.
Only 41% of the population currently has access to electricity. Low population density and expensive transmission costs have led to the government adopting targeted policies to develop off-grid schemes in order to increase the current levels of rural electricity access.

Power where it is needed
Minihydro power plant technology available today may serve as an important alternative to traditional large scale hydro power generation in Tanzania, because the resources of minor water streams are practically omnipresent. Mini hydro power plants are quick, cost effective and simple to install and maintain, and supply ecologically clean and affordable electricity. Hungarian company GANZ EEM, a subsidiary of state owned Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom recently presented an innovative portable mini hydro power plant for the African market. The containerisedunits are easy to transport and are great for electricity generation in remote areas.

MTOTO AMEPOTEA


WAZIRI MHAGAMA AMTAKA MSAJILI WA VYAMA KUCHUKUA HATUA KWA VYAMA VINAVYOKIUKA SHERIA NA MIONGOZO ILIYOPO.

AWALI:

Kifungu cha 14(1)(a) na (b)(i) cha Sheria ya Vyama vya Siasa Sura ya 258 [RE: 2015] kinaelekeza kuwa, kila chama cha siasa kinapaswa kutunza taarifa za mapato na matumizi, ikiwamo taarifa za mali zake. Vile vile, kinapaswa kuwasilisha kwa Msajili wa Vyama vya Siasa, taarifa ya hesabu zake zilizokaguliwa na Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali (CAG), pamoja taarifa ya mali zake.

Hivyo, Kifungu hicho kinampa mamlaka Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kufanya ukaguzi wa hesabu za kila chama cha siasa chenye usajili wa kudumu. Katika mwaka wa fedha unaoishia tarehe 30 Juni, 2017, CAG amefanya ukaguzi wa hesabu za Vyama vya Siasa kumi ikiwemo; CCM, CHADEMA, NLD, TLP, Demokrasia Makini (MAKINI), TLP, DP, SAU, AFP, CCK na ADC kati ya vyama vya siasa kumi na tisa vyenye usajili wa kudumu. Vyama vya Siasa tisa (9) havikuwasilisha hesabu zake kwake kwa wakati kwa ajili ya ukaguzi, hivyo hakukaguliwa.
Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu (Sera, Bunge, Kazi, Vijana, Ajira na Wenye Ulemavu) Mhe.Jenista Mhagama akizungumza na waandishi wa habari juu ya Ufafanuzi wa Hoja za ofisi yake zilizoainishwa katika Ripoti ya Mthibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kwa Mwaka wa fedha unoishia Juni 30, 2018 Bungeni Dodoma.
Baadhi ya waandishi wa habari wakifuatilia mkutano ulioandaliwa na Idara ya Habari Maelezo, Kwa Mawaziri walipokutana kutoa ufafanuzi kwa baadhi ya hoja zilizoainishwa katika Ripoti ya Mthibiti na Ukaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kwa Mwaka wa fedha unoishia Juni 30, 2018
Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu (Sera, Bunge, Kazi, Vijana, Ajira na Wenye Ulemavu) Mhe.Jenista Mhagama akiteta jambo na Waziri wa Ardhi, Nyumba na Maendeleo ya Makazi Mhe.William Lukuvi wakati wa mkutano na waandishi wa habari Dodoma Aprili 23, 2018.
Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Habari Maelezo, ambaye pia ni Msemaji Mkuu wa Serikali Dkt.Hassan Abbas akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Bungeni Dodoma.

(PICHA ZOTE NA OFISI YA WAZIRI MKUU)

Na.MWANDISHI WETU

Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi anayeshughulikia masuala ya Sera, Bunge, Vijana, Ajira na Watu wenye Ulemavu Mhe. Jenista Mhagama amemuagiza Msajili wa vyama vya Siasa kuchukua hatua kwa vyama vinavyokiuka sheria na miongozo ya vyama vya siasa.

Ametoa kauli hiyo leo (Aprili 23, 2018) alipokuwa akitoa maelezo ya ufafanuzi juu ya hoja za ofisi yake, zilizoainishwa katika Ripoti ya Mthibiti na Ukaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali kwa Mwaka wa fedha unoishia Juni 30, 2018 alipokutana na waandishi wa habari Bungeni Dodoma.

Waziri Mhagama ameelekeza kuhakikisha vyama vyenye mapungufu upande wa hesabu zao basi wawasilishe kwa Msajili wa vyama ndani ya wiki 3 hadi 4.

UZINDUZI WA JARIDA LA CHAUKIDU DULLES, VIRGINIA

Jarida la CHAUKIDU (Chama cha ukuzaji Kiswahili Duniani) MULIKA kikizinduliwa siku ya Jumamosi April 21, 2018 Dulles, Virginia.
Kushoto ni Dr. Mussa Hans (Naibu Mkurugenzi, TATAKI, Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam, Wachapishajai wa Jarida) akimkabidhi Prof. Leonard Muaka (Mwalimu Chuo Kikuu cha Howard na Mkurugenzi wa CHAUKIDU) mara tu baada ya jarida la CHAUKIDU kuzinduliwa. Picha na Vijimambo Blog na Kwanza Production kwa udhamini wa Kilimanjaro Studio.
kushoto ni Prof. Leonard Muaka (Mwalimu Chuo Kikuu cha Howard na Mkurugenzi wa CHAUKIDU) naye akimkabidhi  Dr. Mahiri Mwita ( Mwalimu Chuo Kikuu cha Princeton na Rais wa CHAUKIDU) jarida hilo wakati lilipokua likizinduliwa

Dr. Mahiri Mwita ( Mwalimu Chuo Kikuu cha Princeton na Rais wa CHAUKIDU) akizindua rasmi jarida la CHAUKIDU
Wadau mbalimbali waliohudhuria uzinduzi wa jarida hilo.

It's Our Turn To Sing; A reflective piece on the role of the Tanzania diaspora by Dr. Frank Minja




“Why does a bird sing?”

H. E. Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao posed this question in her keynote address at the Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) Health Forum on the Role of Tanzania’s Diaspora in Enhancing Healthcare (Engagement | Awareness | Action), held in Greenbelt, MD on November 11th , 2017. The #DICOTAHealth Forum brought together over 130 delegates from across America and Tanzania, involved and interested in the various ongoing projects and opportunities in healthcare in Tanzania. The stories, experiences and insights shared at the Forum were just incredibly inspiring. Many of us came to the same realization that we are woefully ignorant of the successes and struggles of others, trying to accomplish similar goals in the same regions, and sometimes even the same hospitals, in Tanzania! “A bird sings not because it can, but because it has a song to share”, answered H.E Ambassador Chihombori-Quao. More about the song later.

Mothers still dying in beautiful Zanzibar
Every week, an expectant mother attends a health facility in Zanzibar to deliver her baby, and both never return home. Yes, this does happen on average every single week in Zanzibar, in 2017. Indeed, the maternal mortality ratio in Tanzania today is still terrible at 578 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, which is a significant improvement from 870 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990. The Sustainable Development Goals health target is 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. These maternal death numbers are shocking for anyone who pauses enough to consider what this actually means, to each mother’s family. Yet maternal mortality is just one stubborn indicator of how far healthcare services in Tanzania still need to go. We need to look and engage beyond the traditional healthcare system of doctors, nurses, midwives, and Ministry of Health officials. We literally need to engage everyone, and most importantly ask ourselves what each of us can do to help.
“But, where exactly does one start?”, asked one of the #DICOTAHealth Forum delegates. “We start by first showing up”, I replied. When on the ground and begin to confront each healthcare challenge as an opportunity; we will use our expertise, talent and creativity to come up with viable solutions. Could it be universal pre-natal ultrasound screening (ZADIA and Pure Ultrasound)? Or more training and birthing supplies for midwives (Child Survival InternationaI)? Or engaging with young expectant mothers on social media and encouraging them to get prenatal care and deliver in health facilities (myAfyapal)? Or promoting academic excellence amongst medical students in Tanzania (Maendeleo, Inc.)? These are just a few of the solutions and organizations featured at the #DICOTAHealth Forum.

#DICOTAHealth Forum and beyond

While the #DICOTAHealth Forum was a resounding success by all measures, our work has just begun. Many of the delegates continue to engage in robust online and offline, sharing our stories and opportunities in real time. We have already amassed a database of more than 20 Tanzanian diaspora-led organizations involved in healthcare in Tanzania, and look forward to share and highlight their incredible stories of success and important lessons learned along the way.
There is no shortage of people who deeply understand and care about the healthcare issues and challenges facing Tanzania. There are also many great initiatives and funding opportunities available for this important work. What is missing is a platform, an ecosystem, for all these good people to mingle and exchange ideas, support each other, learn from each other. #DICOTAHealth Forum aspires to continue to be that special place, a vibrant platform and ecosystem, where we all meet to engage with each other on “healthcare in Tanzania.” We are actively recruiting and connecting with Tanzanian diaspora, wherever they might be. We already have several delegates on the #DICOTAHealth Forum from the United Kingdom, Tanzania, and the United States. A Distributed Network The beauty and key strength of the African diaspora is our very distributed nature, across time zones, geographical borders, citizenships, generations, history, cultures and religions – as a people, we are everywhere, all the time! Literally, one of us, is always awake, somewhere. We are a distributed network, just waiting to be activated.
The #DICOTAHealth Forum is being transformed to work in that special space “in-between” individuals and organizations, and across time-zones and geographical borders. Ideally, the platform would be at once a glue, and a catalyst – just like the African diaspora are. We aspire to bring and bind great minds together, while at the same time kindling a fire within their hearts, to move all of us into action. When we do engage together in action, our collective song will pleasantly surprise many. The #DICOTAHealth Forum also envisions a distributed network with no true central command, each node being capable of being as impactful as the next individual; and each positive action inspiring and further strengthening the entire network. We do not seek to become yet another separate organization, or even an umbrella organization. For example, from the outset, the “#DICOTAHealth Forum” WhatsApp group has at least ten (10) moderators – each with similar administrative powers to invite other delegates and modulate the online discussion. The group currently has more than one hundred individuals and is growing. Delegates include public health specialists, healthcare advocates, nurses, physicians, volunteers, parents, politicians and other citizens who care about healthcare in Tanzania.
Song, Action, Mothers

What is the connection between song, action, and mothers in Zanzibar? Simply stated, we urgently need a critical mass of the African Diaspora to sing through action, and together in harmony, for healthcare in Tanzania, and elsewhere in Africa. We believe that in doing so, many more mothers in Zanzibar will return home with their babies, who will soon grow up to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar! It is our turn to sing, because we each have a song to share.

You can follow and connect with us on social media using the #DICOTAHealth tag. Frank Minja, MD Co-Chair #DICOTAHealth Forum December, 2017 New Haven, CT