NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Founded by the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, the Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation's 2012 Commitment to Action has been announced for the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. CGI's Commitments to Action presents bold new ways that CGI members can address global challenges--implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, local or global. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.
The Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation is committed to significantly strengthen and expand HIV/AIDS care and treatment, emergency obstetric care and prevention of mother to child HIV transmission services in rural areas of Tanzania. The investment --estimated at 10 million dollars-- shall support provision of fellowship to 180 health professionals, develop skills of 1500 health staff on HIV/AIDS and maternal/newborn healthcare, construct 30 operating theaters for quality service delivery and reach the underserved community with mobile outreach services.
The new investment will cover 15 rural districts and benefit an estimated 2.5 million citizens, among them being People Living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant mothers, newborns, youth and the community at large. The Mkapa Foundation has raised 2 million dollars locally to support these efforts and are calling on international corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations for further investment and partnership in filling the gap of 8 million dollars.
The Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation (BMAF) is a Trust and non-profit making organization established in February, 2006 by Former President Mkapa and the Former President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, under the support of the Government of Royal Kingdom of Norway, with the aim of accelerating HIV and AIDS services through addressing the shortage of skilled health professionals in rural underserved settings.
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