Touch Foundation is a secular, non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the health system across the different levels of care. Touch expands its impact by sharing the acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.
Touch is committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the overall health system. We approach the health system as an interconnected web of elements, all of which need to be functional to enable effective delivery of care. These elements include healthcare workers, infrastructure, supplies and equipment, transportation and referrals, and healthcare management, among others. Touch works across the different levels of the health system from tertiary hospitals down to village level facilities. We structure our work within two main programs:
Since Touch was founded in 2004, we have supported the education of over 2,000 healthcare workers. Touch has helped graduate 278 physicians (~10% of the country’s total), 70 specialists, and approximately 1,700 other healthcare professionals, including 388 Assistant Medical Officers (AMOs), 376 nurses, 168 nurse anesthetists, 259 laboratory scientists, and 249 pharmacists. In addition to helping graduate a large number of healthcare workers, we have also improved the quality of their education. Today, the vast majority of these graduates work within Tanzania’s health system, providing much-needed healthcare to the Tanzanian population.
We are proud to report that 96% of the CUHAS and BMC graduates are deployed and remain in the Tanzanian health system, delivering quality healthcare to the population across the country. These graduates are working in all but one region of Tanzania and approximately 85% of them are performing clinical work.
We have further improved healthcare delivery by enhancing the skills of existing healthcare workers as well as strengthening healthcare delivery mechanisms, such as upgrading facilities and medical equipment, and enhancing management of health-care facilities.
Number of graduates working in the Tanzanian health system
Our 2014 Annual Report details our approach and impact achieved after a decade of work in Tanzania and celebrates the invaluable support of our donors and partners.
Touch Foundation's Achievements, Approach and Path Forward reviews the successes and positive impact the organization has had to date on health system's strengthening in Tanzania. The report also discusses the exciting programmatic priorities for improving the quality and quantity of the healthcare workforce as well as improving healthcare delivery mechanisms going forward.
The Touch Foundation Impact Report provides a deep-dive analysis of the achievements made from 2004 - 2012.
Based on our experience at Weill Bugando, the Tanzanian Minister for Health and Social Welfare asked us to assist his Ministry in scaling up health worker training capacity at the national level. With the help of McKinsey & Company, we set out to identify a baseline for current national training capacity and to develop and prioritize initiatives intended to help the government achieve health training goals.
Our work at Weill Bugando has demonstrated the necessity of complementing investments in health worker training with initiatives to solve the problems of the larger healthcare system itself, including factors such as recruitment, deployment, in-service support and development opportunities. To better understand these issues, we collaborated with our Tanzanian partners to launch the Lake Zone Initiative. This report outlines findings from the first, diagnostic phase, which identifies key obstacles in the regional health system that surrounds Bugando and outlines interventions to address them.
This report, based on field research conducted by a joint Touch and McKinsey team, builds on the findings from McKinsey’s initial 2004 field visit to Tanzania. It focuses on the training of highly-skilled human resources for health (HRH) as the primary lever for addressing the global health care crisis and provides a strategy for the Touch Foundation to pursue to address it.
This report summarizes the findings from a 2004 field visit by a McKinsey team to Tanzania. The report introduces a three-pronged approach for addressing the country’s severe health care crisis.
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Touch Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. A summary of our most recent financial statements is below. Audited financials and 990s are posted as they become available.
Touch Foundation has earned four-stars from Charity Navigator, its highest rating, based on our efficient use of funds, commitment to transparency and organizational accountability.
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$818,349|
|Contributions and Grants Receivable||$912,636|
|Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses||$63,402|
|Total Net Assets||$1,398,077|
|Total Liabilities and Net Assets||$1,771,353|
|Support and Revenue|
|Donated Goods and Services||$1,187,252|
|Total Support and Revenue||$5,879,396|
|Grant and Program Activities||$4,313,048|
|Management and General||$745,985|
|Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets||$470,194|
|Net Assets, Beginning of the Year||$927,883|
|Net Assets, End of the Year||$1,398,077|
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