Swiss TPH/HPSS Project donates state of the art IT Equipment to Mvumi Institute of Health Sciences

Swiss TPH/HPSS Project, handed over assorted IT equipment worth TZS 37.7 Million to Mvumi Institute of Health Sciences (MIHS) in Dodoma.

The equipment which included desktop computers, laptops, projector and projector screen, is expected to go a long way in improving the delivery of a Biomedical Engineering course that was recently introduced at the institute with intent to provide a sustainable solution to the shortage of human resources in the health sector, especially in the area of Biomedical Engineering.

Ally Kebby, Swiss TPH/ HPSS Project Manager, said the equipment will help to improve the capacity of the Institute to provide training to the young men and women in the Biomedical Engineering field that is so crucial in the provision of health care and treatment.

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"This support from Swiss government will enable the Institute to enhance its capacity and sustain the high quality competence based training aimed at developing required skill sets for Biomedical Engineering in Tanzania”, he said.

On his part, MIHS Rector, Professor Mazengo Charles Mazengo thanked Swiss TPH/HPSS for the timely donation that he said will go a long way in improving the Biomedical Engineering course delivery. He however said since the enrolment of students in the Biomedical Engineering department continues to grow, more support is still needed.

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"The Biomedical Engineering course which started with 7 students now has a total of 13 students”, he said.

Professor Mazengo said MIHS which is the only institution in the country accredited by the National Council for Technical Education to offer NTA Level 5 Biomedical Engineering course plans to start offering degree courses in Biomedical Engineering in the near future.

Speaking at the equipment handover ceremony, Fahad Urassa, one of the Biomedical Engineering students at the institute could not hide his joy and expressed his appreciation for the timely donation.

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"The importance of modern IT equipment in Biomedical Engineering training can’t be overemphasized”, said Urassa.

The Swiss TPH/HPSS Project which has been implemented in the country since 2011, with funding from the Swiss government through Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been supporting the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children and President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government in health systems strengthening by introducing innovative approaches for improving management and capacity development.

Since then, the project has supported the reform of Community Health Fund to a potentially viable Social Health Insurance scheme through pilot and national rollout exercises. The project is further supporting the supply chain for medical commodities following the introduction of Jazia-Prime Vendor System (Mshitiri), a complementary supply system.
Additionally, the project has been supporting the Government to strengthen Health Technology Management and Health Promotion practices.



Apart from this donation, the HPSS project has previously supported Mvumi Institute of Health Sciences in the development of Biomedical Engineering Course Curriculum, improvement of training infrastructure, provision of workshop equipment and tools for practical training as well as teaching and reference books. Additionally, the project has provided partial scholarships to Biomedical Engineering students.

 

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