TOUR: Ifakara director joins PMI for Shinda Malaria visit in Kagera
In a significant development, Ifakara Health Institute Chief Executive Director, Dr. Honorati Masanja, yesterday joined representatives from the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) for a strategic visit to the Kagera region.
The three-day visit – November 27-29 – is aimed to observe the on-ground implementation of Shinda Malaria, an initiative funded by PMI and led by Ifakara Health Institute in collaboration with partners.
It marked Dr. Masanja's first visit to Kagera since the initiation of Shinda Malaria activities in the north-western region of Tanzania earlier this year. Shinda Malaria is a five-year project funded by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the PMI.
The delegation began with a courtesy visit to Kagera's Regional Medical Office, where they were welcomed by Dr. Zablon Segeru, the acting Medical In-charge. Dr. Segeru acknowledged Ifakara's pivotal role in supporting government efforts to eliminate malaria in the region.
In his remarks, Dr. Masanja expressed gratitude for the support, extending appreciation not only for Shinda Malaria, but also for other Ifakara projects in the region.
Later, the delegation proceeded to the Kagera Regional Office, meeting Acting Regional Assistant Secretary Mr. Isaya Kandega. Dr. Masanja, on behalf of Ifakara Health Institute, thanked the regional administration for steadfast support of the Shinda Malaria project, emphasizing its commitment to malaria elimination in Kagera.
Dr. Sarah-Blythe Ballard, PMI Resident Advisor, thanked the regional administration for continuous support and assured ongoing assistance from the US government through PMI until malaria is eradicated.
Mr. Kandega, warmly welcoming the delegation, expressed gratitude to USAID/PMI for supporting Tanzania's efforts to eliminate malaria. The collaborative efforts highlighted during the visit emphasized a shared commitment to a malaria-free future for Kagera's communities.
The first day concluded at Mugana Hospital, where delegates met dedicated healthcare workers involved in the ongoing Malaria Service and Data Quality Improvement (MSDQI) activity.