The Tanzania NCD Alliance (TANCDA) and Tanzania Diabetes Association (TDA) have worked closely with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), and the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government to establish more than 150 public sector clinics for prevention and control of NCDs across the country. The establishment of these clinics included training of health care providers, as well as the provision of starter kits for NCD diagnosis in all the clinics. Furthermore, additional funding has been obtained to expand the program to primary care level including health care centers and dispensaries. The success of this initiative catalyzed the launch of a national NCD program, by the MoHCDGEC, in November 2019.
The Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products has been collaborating with the Tanzania MOH NCD department to identify barriers to NCD medicines and products and NCD care in the country. The Coalition has also built strong relationships and partnerships with the public and private sector in Tanzania, including Dr. Grace Magembe (Director of Curative Services, MoH, Tanzania), Dr Kaushik Ramaiya (CEO of Shree Mandal Hospital and representative of the Tanzania NCD Alliance) who serves as the country champion on the Coalition, and Mr Daudi Msasi (Chief Pharmacist, MoH, Tanzania) who sits on the Coalition’s Demand Forecasting Technical Working Group. Through the Coalition, a demand forecasting model for NCD medicines and products will be piloted in Tanzania.