On a bright sunny morning of November 5, 2016, the Vice President (VP) of The United Republic of Tanzania, Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan led hundreds of enthusiastic Dar es Salaam residents in Amref’s Stand up for African Mothers (SU4AM) fundraising charity walk. The primary objective of the walk was to raise funds for the development of nurse midwives’ efficiency in service delivery by providing them with training and certification.
By the end of the walk, a total of Tsh.290m/- (US$ 133041) was collected from individuals, general public, various development stakeholders, private sector and corporate including Bank M who was the main sponsor of the event. The amount raised will go towards the training of nurses and midwives to provide efficient, modern and quality care to mothers and children in Tanzania.
Thousands of participants take part in the walk to train midwives
A group photo with the guest of honor and Amref Senior Management Team
Dr Temu Amref Tanzania Country Director addressing walk participants
GOH and other participants during the warm up session
Tanzania Vice President is presented with a certificate of appreciation from Amref
The Brass band leads the charity walk through the streets of Tanzania
The Vice president officiatially flags off the 2016 SUAM charity walk
VP Mama Samia Suluhu Dr Flo Amref Tanzania Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu and Jack Bank M CEO at the warm up session
Mama Samia completed the walk of 4.3 km which started at the Green Ground area in Oysterbay and in her gracing speech after the walk, she started by appreciating Amref Health Africa’s effort in supporting local communities through various health related interventions, including sponsoring education for children from underprivileged families, particularly training on midwifery certificate.
In a speech made before the walk at Green Ground, Oysterbay, Mama Samia affirmed her gratitude for Amref Health Africa in Tanzania’s effort in supporting local communities through various health related projects, including sponsoring education for children from underprivileged families, particularly on midwifery courses.
Addressing the participants who turned up for the charity walk, Mama Samia also called upon the private sector to continue collaborating with the government in the provision of health services in order to attain its ultimate goal of reducing maternal and child mortality rates in Tanzania.
On her part, the Minister for Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, who also graced the event, commended Amref Health Africa in Tanzania for its continued effort towards the reduction of maternal deaths in Tanzania, by extending their support to training nurses and midwives who are key participants of the initiative. "The government is determined to reduce the number of maternal and child mortality rates in Tanzania by allocating enough budget for the health sector” she concluded.