CIDR and its local partner organization, Health Insurance Management Services Organization (HIMSO), will implement a scaling up of the already existing program, known as Community Health Insurance Fund (CHIF), from two to four districts in the Mbeya Region of Tanzania. This will be accomplished by mobilizing private sector support, creating a Community Health Fund user Association (CHFuA) in each district, and building the capacity of HIMSO in technical and management capacities.
Edson Timothy Mwakanyamale was active in volunteer and administrative economic activities for many years in the Busokelo district before the village elected him to serve as chairperson of the Community Health Fund Users Association (CHFuA) six months ago.
In 2015, the Government of Tanzania launched a process to design a new community-based health program. To support implementation of the new strategy and program, APC partnered with the JSI-led Community Health Systems Strengthening (CHSS) Project and the firm Matchboxology to pilot a human centered design approach to inform national policy and program development.
The Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) Project tested whether it was possible to use human-centered design (HCD) to bridge the gap between policy-making and implementation in Tanzania. HCD, originally used in private-sector applications, is gaining traction in global health as a way to stimulate problem-solving for social issues.
APC recognizes the importance of addressing the unique needs of adolescents and youth as part of a comprehensive approach to strengthening community health systems and programs. Read about current APC youth activities in Asia and the Middle East; Nepal; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname; Uganda; and in building connections with faith-based organizations.