The Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania Launches the Multisectoral Accountability Framework for TB (MAF-TB) during commemoration of 2023 World TB Day on March 24th.

Kwa Pamoja Tunaweza Kutokomeza Kifua Kikuu Tanzania!” was the call made by the Prime Minister of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa (MP) during the launch. The Prime Minister graced the well-attended ceremony in Simiyu Region – North East of Lake Victoria. 

The MAF-TB seeks to enhance collaboration and accountability from all key stakeholders including policy makers towards eradicating TB by 2030. MAF-TB is expected to address the gaps within the TB programming, finding undiagnosed cases and linking them to health facilities for treatment. As the first in its kind, the framework will boost sectoral cooperation under the Prime Minister’s office responsible with policy and coordination of Government businesses.

Leveraging on comparative advantage, the Prime Minister gave nine directives to operationalize the framework. Of outmost importance were that, all ministries to ensure that they planned and budgeted for TB activities in their 2023/2024 budgets and ensuring that HIV and TB were closely aligned in planning and financing.

The Minister for Health Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, said that seventy-one (71) people die of TB every day, but this was unnoticed. She urged the community to seek treatment because the treatment is free and TB is curable. 

The representative of World Health Organization Dr. Madam Christine Chakanyuka said that, Tanzania had made incredible progress in reducing TB-related mortality 55 per cent from 55,000 in 2015 to 25,800 in 2022. And that there is a decrease in new infections from 306 patients per 100,000 people to 208 patients per 100,000 people. The USAID representative Madam Anna Hoffman said that, “no one actor can end TB alone, with the launch of MAF-TB, we now have one strong foundation”. The USAID will continue working with the Government of Tanzania to End TB by 2030. On the other hand, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) representative Dr. George Ngomela said that children under the age of five, miners, and healthcare professionals are at the greatest risk of infection. He said that drug resistance is the major obstacle to successfully treating the disease. “Drug resistance is a major issue for many nations around the world, so we must act quickly to control the resistance of those drugs,” he noted.

The Chair of Tanzania STOP TB Partnership who was behind the development of MAF-TB Dr. Peter Bujari requested the Prime Minster to join the coalition of global leaders to eradicate TB by 2030. He also requested that the Prime Minister sends a request on behalf of Stop TB to the President of United Republic of Tanzania to attend the 2023 UN HighLevel Meeting (UNHLM on TB) on Friday, 22nd September 2023. By doing this, Tanzania will have shown its political and leadership will to eradicate TB by 2030. Finally, he requested that Prime Minister Office to coordinates TB issues as a multisectoral issues. By doing this, power will be consolidated and it will make it easier for us as a country to find resources that will help us eradicate tuberculosis and AIDS. 

Yes! We Can End TB.