CSSC train hospitals to develop CHOPs

In ensuring effectiveness of service agreement (SA), Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is working close with Church owned hospitals to review their strategic plans for the purpose of improving data. It is informed that, lack of enough information is one of the challenges hinders implementation of service agreement at the local government level, which needed to be addressed by reviewing the template.

Speaking at the Health technical meeting, the CSSC Executive Director Peter Maduki said that, hospitals implementing SA are trained to develop Comprehensive Hospital Operational Plans (CHOPs) which are incorporated to Council Comprehensive Hospital Plans (CCHP) for execution.

Safe care project

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in collaboration with Pharm Access International (PAI) is implementing the Business of quality under Safe Care Initiative to improve quality and standard in health facilities.

Presenting at TCMA meeting, the Coordinator of the Project Dr. David Isaya mentioned that, the project seeks to promote an understanding of the value of using and implementing standards for resource-restricted settings and monitoring performance through a state -of-the-art information system.

Currently, 40 CSSC health facilities are in implementation process whereby 65 facilities are expected to be enrolled in a near future.

Technical support to enhance capacity of hospitals

During the introductory part of the TCMA meeting, it was mentioned that CSSC has showed their commitment in addressing the issues of capacity building and Technical assistance in supporting the hospitals to continue providing quality services to the population served by FBO facilities. Presenting to the 78 TCMA meeting, the Director of Health services at CSSC Dr. Josephine Balati disclosed that, for the year of 2014 – 2015, the commission has provided technical assistance to 40 hospitals in Northern and Lake Zone on quality improvement in line with the ongoing Big Result Now initiative.

She said other activities were to support and facilitate training to 5 hospitals focusing on hospital management and leadership. 

Palliative care to patients with chronic ilenesses. - Bishop Salala

The Bishop of the African Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT), Coastal Diocese, Rev. Charles Salala has advised health workers working with churches’ owned health facilities in Tanzania to continue working successfully by adhering code of conduct focusing on professionalism and church’s values while caring for the sick especially those who need these services during  their  terminal stages of illness. Bishop Salala mentioned that when opening 78th meeting of the Tanzania Christian Medical Association (TCMA), held in Dar es Salaam on 7th September, 2015 at TEC Kurasini in Dar-es-salaam.

Enhancing Partnership in Health Services Delivery

The Christian social service commission (CSSC) conducted a Consultative meeting which named “Consultative CDH Meeting for enhancing Partnership in Health Services Delivery in Tanzania”. It was held in Dar es Salaam from 16th to 17th June 2015.

The objectives of the meeting

The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the effective management and development of Human Resource for Health (HRH) in Faith Based Organization (FBO) health facilities through sharing the experiences in the management of HRH.  The specific objectives were to identify the strengths and weaknesses in managing HRH in FBO facilities, assess the government system in employing government supported staff in FBO facilities and to draw practical recommendations.

External Quality Assurance Inspection

The government has said that the external quality assurance inspection is an examination of the self-evaluative work of a school in relation to significant aspects of its provision. In the preparation for external quality assurance inspection, the school prepares a written report which is made available to the office of the Director for School Quality Assurance in the respective zone or district before the inspection. Presenting at the Education Technical meeting organized by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), the Assistant Director Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Dr. Edicome C. Shirima, said that the report should include the main findings of the school self-evaluative exercise including quantitative information and evaluative comments.

Alternative ways of resources can sustain schools in Tanzania

Churches owned schools have been advised to look for alternatives ways of income generation that will sustain their schools rather than depending on school fees only. It was further advised the government could consider the same process to government schools. The call was made by CSSC education board meeting held recently in Dar es Salaam.

Science subjects performance must be improved- Peter Maduki

It was informed that CSSC is working effectively to ensure the quality of education being provided by churches owned schools is maintained. The CSSC Executive Director Peter Maduki says, among priorities which CSSC wishes to carry out, is to improve science subjects’ performance.
“We as CSSC our aim is to see our schools keep on providing high quality of education especially in science subjects, we are conducting different trainings to management, and few days to come all headmasters/headmistresses will be attending training on management in Bagamoyo” says Maduki.

Telemedicine has been of great assistance at Haydom hospital- Dr. Naaman

Almost every day in the morning, I come here to observe the surrounding hospital.  Once I subscribe one of Haydom Satellite Dispensaries, I can immediately find out if somebody from anywhere has a question or if I have another house study or somebody has called in through my mobile phone seeking for assistance.  Therefore, I get here in the morning, I log in, once I come across any message as a Radiologist, I sent the case to Surgeon Doctor to attend to it.  This is mostly done through ipath system or via telephone” Dr. Naaman

Development of AfyaPro system to health facilities in Lake Zone

It is obvious that data is important in any interventions undertaken, without proper data, there is limited data analysis which affects the quality of decisions made. For example, in the health sector without proper data keeping, the hospital fails to accurately supervise and account for all the revenue collected. Furthermore, a data driven facility is more responsive to the end users, more accurate in its interventions, more accountable and fosters a learning environment that would promote the analysis of data closer to the points of data generation

Africa eHealth Solutions -Tanzania

Africa eHealth Solutions –Tanzania is a new entity established jointly by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), NPK Technologies and International Institute of Communication and Development (IICD) to roll out HMIS implementations especially the use of AfyaPro system in the other areas of Tanzania outside the Lake Zone. Presently, AfyaPro system is effectively used to more 14 health facilities in Lake Zone, enabling tracking of patient’s information flow in improving health delivery service to the particular health facility. Simply, Afya eHealth Solutions has established to manage the Afya Pro software to expand to other health facilities in Tanzania.

Effective strategies for health workers retention and motivation

St. Gaspar referral hospital is a member health facility with the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC).The intervention involved the development of an HR manual to improve motivation and performance. All hospital staff have been oriented on the manual to make sure that they are aware of the policies and procedures.

Many health stakeholders impressed with CSSC efforts to support social services

Most of the participants of the 4th National healthcare quality improvement forum held in Dar es Salaam last October 2014 were impressed with CSSC efforts to support quality social services provision particular healthcare in Tanzania.
Speaking after visiting CSSC Booth at the exhibition organized during the forum, majority of health stakeholders were excited with CSSC activities, and supportive provided, coordination and initiatives undertaken to compliment government’s efforts in improving healthcare delivery services in Tanzania.

Tanzania Network of Non- Government Organization (TANGO)

Tanzania Network of Non- Government Organization (TANGO) has finally discussed the post 2015 Development goals for the period between 2015-2030 after elapse of first phase between 2000-2015 MDG’s which aimed at contextualize the 2015development agenda focusing on sustainable development goals (SDG’s).
Recent on discussions conducted in Dodoma, CSSC was among civil societies who were privileged to participate whereby members focused on main areas such as poverty eradication, health, education, climate change gender, peace and security and trade in global partnership.

CSSC supports Health facilities in Lake Zone

CSSC through ART program has recently supported 2979 dust bins and 1500 safety boxes to 322 facilities of Mwanza Region, Geita region and Rorya District in Mara region. The offering of these essential tools for health care workers was targeting a facility that offers Prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child as well as HIV Care and Treatment.

The performed Church schools need to share experience-Prof. Mmari

The 32nd CSSC Education Technical Advisory (Board) meeting held on Tuesday 22 August, 2014 at CSSC Premises has advised for the Church owned schools which are performing well in National examinations to share their experience with underperformed schools for the purpose of learning.
The Chairman of the meeting, Prof. Geoffrey Mmari said that, knowledge sharing in academic   is the best way of supporting underperformed schools to explore different methodologies and approaches towards good performance. Furthermore, Prof. Mmari went on saying, majority of the schools have different ways of teaching methodology that contributes to the better performance of the students and schools. Therefore, it is important for CSSC to sensitize schools initiate these platforms.

Need to establish health PPP forums- Dr. Kahabi

In June 2014, CSSC in collaboration with Catholic Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam jointly conducted an exposure visit to Nyota ya Bahari health centre at Mkuranga District to assess the status of Public Private Partnership (PPP) implementation between Mkuranga District Council and Faith Based Organization (FBO)’s health facilities as the best way of improving more healthcare provision to the district.

CSSC visits Education Facilities in Dar es Salaam

In July 2014, CSSC through Education Department has succeeded to visit 58 Education facilities owned by Churches in Dar es Salaam and Coastal regions as a part of identified issues related to education and learn experience from different schools. The tour was conducted to 20 Pre-primary schools, 19 Primary Schools, 16 Secondary Schools and 3 Vocational Training schools.
Through interview conducted to Director of Education Services, Mr. Petro Pamba said that, the aims of the visit were to increase location awareness of different schools, share status experience of different schools and suggest area of improvement.

More Stakeholders to involve in e-Learning Program

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is planning to involve key education stakeholders in its upcoming programme of e-learning and e-content based on Science and Mathematics subjects which will be executed to some Church owned Secondary Schools in Tanzania. CSSC works together with STUDI International academy from Sweden in implementing this programme.

Hospital managers trained on Health System Management

From 26th June to 1st July 2014, CSSC through Competency centre brought together 41 hospital managers comprising of Doctor In-charge, Matron, Hospital Administrator and Account from 13 hospitals across Tanzania for Health System Management Continuing Development Professional Training (HSM-CPD). The training held under the Catholic University of Allied Health Science in Mwanza. This was an activity of the Financial and Resource management project which aims at equipped in services hospital managers with key and leadership and management capabilities to allow more efficient and effective use of resources in delivering health services across.

Life Oriented Approach (LOA) to enhance Preschools education

Life Oriented Approach (LOA) is a learning method for the children at the age of 3 to 6 years in early childhood education centres. The method is based on the living condition and culture of children. It is used by the preschools owned by the Catholic Diocese of Same, Archdiocese of Arusha and Zanzibar. For Arusha, this approach is practiced in Longido and Monduli district as well as Mwanga for Same diocese

CSSC to focus on health workforce retention in FBOs facilities

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in collaboration with the government is planning to put more efforts in assisting Church run hospitals in staff recruitment and retention  for a purpose of improving work force in health sector. This was said by CSSC’s Executive Director Mr. Peter Maduki in his word of welcome to Ms Catherine Hakim who is a new Canadian International Development Agent (CIDA) Health Technical Advisor when she paid courtesy to CSSC Offices on Wednesday 25th June, 2014

CDHs Consultative meeting urged to reinforce Partnership

A one-day Council Designated Hospitals Consultative meeting organized by Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) ended up by drawing a roadmap of strengthening Partnership in the health sector among Church owned health facilities and the government by taking on board various concerns shared during the meeting and come up with the way forward of improving health services at all levels especially at the District council level. During the conclusion remarks, the following issues were jointly agreed as the meeting resolution;

The Government recognises efforts of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs)

 “The government is recognising the greatest support being undertaken by the Churches owned health facilities in delivering quality health services in Tanzania, such efforts have highly contributed on improving health services especially in remote areas”
This statement was made by Dr. Margaret Mhando the Director of Curative services Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Seif Rashid when officiating the first Consultative meeting of the Council Designated Hospitals (CDHs) which held on 17th June, 2014 in Dar es Salaam. The meeting aimed at enhancing Partnership in health delivery in Tanzania, it was organised by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC).  

PPP has created the window of opportunity to enhance partnership- Dr. Balati

In operationalize of Public Private Partnership (PPP), CSSC has managed to increase awareness of legal framework to government officials, owners and managers of the facilities through sensitization meetings, document dissemination as well as formation of the National, Regional and Council PPP Forums.
The CSSC Director of Health Services Dr. Josephine Balati has made this statement when sharing successes, lessons learnt and challenges experienced by CSSC in implementing PPP during the Consultative meeting of the Councils Designated Hospitals held in Dar es Salaam.

Education Stakeholders meets in Dar es Salaam

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through Education department organized meeting with the head of church education institutions based in Dar es Salaam on 13 May, 2014, aimed at sharing the experience of the current environment of providing education services in Tanzania. It was held at the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE).
Speaking at that meeting the Acting Director General of the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) Dr. Leonard Akwilapo mentioned some major functions of TIE as to prepare syllabi of the nation, takes care of quality teaching materials and provides training to teachers. 

Many satisfied with CSSC efforts towards e-learning program

Most of the education stakeholders visited CSSC booth during the education week held in Dodoma between 3rd to 10th May, 2014 satisfied with CSSC efforts of initiating e-learning program for Science and Mathematics subjects in Ordinary level of Secondary Schools. In implementing this initiative, the Commission collaborates with Studi Academy in technical aspects.
CSSC in collaboration with Studi Academy participated the exhibition of the education week organized by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) with the purpose of publicizing efforts undertaken by the Commission towards establishing e-Learning program and other education related issues.

Need to advocate for e-health strategy-Prof. Pemba

It was informed that, there is a need for advocacy on e-Health strategy, intensifying e-learning among health workers and groom people in health informatics.The call was made recently by the Director of the Tanzania Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH), Prof. Senga Pemba in Bagamayo at a two days e-health for Sub-Saharan Africa workshop organized by Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through AfyaMtandao network in collaboration with TTCIH under the sponsorship of the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD).

CSSC wins SADC Gender Protocol Award

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) has won the National SADC Gender Protocol Awards in the category of Alliance and Coalition for the year of 2014 after presenting video documentary on outreach service towards maternal death reduction at the Gender summit held in Dar es Salaam. This category include Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. The documentary was produced at Dareda hospital in Manyara region showing good performance of Reproductive and Child Health in addressing Millennium Development Goals.

Option B+ the initiatives to curb new HIV infection

The prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child campaign was inaugurated by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam in 2012, CSSC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is implementing the project, says Dr. Benedict Adrea, PMTCT focal person of the ART program.
Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), in collaboration with Mwanza Regional Office has officially launched Option B+ programme in Mwanza to promote awareness in implementing this programme. Option B+ is a new PMTCT initiative aiming at eliminating new HIV infection to infants and keeping good health of their mothers.

Manages to mitigate many training challenges

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in partnership with regional partners ­-Tanzania Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), the Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT) and Community Health Promotion Kenya (CHPK) and international partners (Hanzehoge school Groningen (HG) and the University of Groningen have been implementing a project funded by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education (NICHE) known as  NICHE/TZA/001 since 2010, aimed at strengthening privately run pre-service health training institutions for enhanced enrolment and quality of health workers in Tanzania and comes to an end in April 2014. To date, great progress in achieving the set objectives has been realised.

Health facilities in Rukwa region to use ICT system

The use of electronic Health Management Information System (HMIS) aims to improve the ability to collect, store and analyze accurate health data. Implementation of HMIS also aims to increase data accuracy and effectiveness of intervention, increase accountability, and improve tracking of health trends in the district. Information on patient registrations, diagnoses, treatments, lab tests, billing and pharmacy records are being digitalized.
The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through AfyaMtandao Project in collaboration with NPK Technologies undertakes initiatives to improve healthcare through ICT intervention. It has conducted ICT need assessment to deploy AfyaPro system in 6 health facilities owned by Catholic Diocese of Sumbawanga in Rukwa region.

Appointment of New Director of Education Services

Christian Social Services Commission Executive Council has appointed Mr. Petro Masatu   Pamba to become the Director of Education Services at the Commission with effect from 1st April 2014. The appointment was approved during the Executive Council meeting held in Dar es Salaam at the end of March, 2014.
According to the new structure, CSSC has two Directorates which are Directorate of Health and Education Services. While Mr. Pamba is appointed to lead Education Department, the Health Services Department is under Dr. Josephine Balati.

Antibiotic use policy to improve patient care

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through ART program in collaboration with Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) has supported Shirati KMT hospital management to develop Antibiotic use policy aiming at improving patient care by promoting the best practice in antibiotic prophylaxis and therapy at the hospital.
Due to marked increase in irrational use of medicines leading to antibiotic resistance with detrimental consequences all over the world, EPN with other stakeholders decided to assist the member institutions in developing policies on Antibiotic use. This is in line with studies done all over the world that show that such policies can decrease antibiotic resistance and promote rational use of medicines.

CSSC collaborates with STUDI Academy to improve teaching methodology

One major target in the “Big Results Now”-initiative, is to shift the statistic bell curve from 43% pass rate to a 60% pass rate for form IV examination results. The reasons for the poor results are many. A majority of the schools have insufficient physical environment but even more important academic infrastructure, the demand for Science teachers is overwhelming and currently shows a shortage of 27 000 teachers considering the current output of about 3000 teachers per annum from Teacher training facilities in the country. The alternative way to bridge the gap is to enhance application of the new technology in teaching methodology to support students and teachers.

CSSC assesses quality of Pre-primary education to Churches facilities in Northern zone

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in collaboration with Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha and Diocese of Same has conducted exposure visit to the Pre-Primary Education Centers owned by Archdiocese of Arusha and diocese of same to assess the quality of education provided in Pre-primary education. Centres visited were; Lang’ata, Kitendeni, Ngabobo and Longido in Arusha. While in same were; Marindi, Kikweni, Hedaru and Chanjale.
Objectives of the visit were to increase knowledge of the policy makers and regulators on the provision of pre-primary education as well as provide opportunity for the policy makers and regulators to advise the providers (Churches) on improving the accessibility and quality of the pre-primary education.

Relevance of gender mainstreaming in Health Training Institutes

Enhancing gender sensitive management capacity and instituting conducive environments for innovative learning in 5 selected HTIs (KCMC School of Nursing, Bugando Nurse Tutors School, St. Gaspar School of Nursing, Mvumi School of Nursing and St. Bhakita School of Nursing)

CSSC ventures heavily in healthcare service

The CSSC is one of the leading partner in supporting health care services in Tanzania. The ecumenical organ has drafted several strategic objectives broken down to the activity plan calendar as well as its implementation status pertaining the improvement of health services.
Under Health Department plan, the strategic area that CSSC is focusing consist Advocacy and Lobbying that is enhancement of adherence to policy and legal framework for effective engagement of church (FBOs) institutions in 20 Councils by 2016. It intends to increase number of FBOs hospitals with signed service agreements from 64% in 2013 to 80% in 2016.

Bishop Mameo New Chairman of CSSC-ZPF Eastern Zone

Bishop Jacob Mameo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) Diocese of Morogoro, has been elected to become a Chairman of the Eastern Zone Policy Forum (ZPF) for three years.
The election took place on December, 2013 during the Zone Policy Forum held at Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) Conference Centre in Morogoro region.
Announcing the results, outgoing Bishop Telesphory Mkude of Roman Catholic Diocese of Morogoro said, Bishop Mameo has obtained half of the votes polled by members who are bishops. For that reason they have given him mandatory to lead Zone Policy forum in collaboration with CSSC Eastern Zone office led by Zone Manager Dr. Narcisius Kibozi.

CSSC hosted the first forum of Church head of Secondary schools

Recently, the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) has conducted the first Church head of Secondary schools forum to promote learning through sharing of experiences on the provision of education services among the church schools and other education stakeholders in Tanzania
Among the agenda was to examine the achievements and challenges of education and look at the opportunities in terms of management, regulations and partnership with the government and other stakeholders. 

NICHE project supported 101 health workers further studies

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through Netherlands Initiatives for Capacity Development in Higher Education Institutions (NICHE) project has managed to support 101 health workers from 50 church owned health facilities to undertake further trainings in their field as part of carrier development, aiming to enhance Teaching and learning process including strengthening institutional management systems.
Sharing the updates of the program implementation, NICHE program Coordinator, Mr. Michael Angulile said that, staffs supported were selected from church owned health facilities implementing NICHE project, and they were doing various courses in different levels.

Strategies for Enhancing Partnership

The Government of Tanzania through the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and the Prime Minister’s Office - Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) is committed and focused to availability, accessibility and affordability of quality health services to the population of Tanzania through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Appointment to Executive Committee of Big Results Now

Education sector is among of six sectors which are in the program of Big Results Now –BRN. In the structure of BRN monitoring and evaluation, different committees have been established to monitor the implementation of the issues detected during the lab sessions. The overall implementation committee (Transformational and Delivery Council- TDC) is chaired by the President of United Republic of Tanzania. All six sectors implementing this program are having Steering Committee which is responsible for making follow up and evaluating projects proposed during the lab sessions.

Increment coverage of HIV/AIDS services: “ART Program”

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) through ART program has conducted a 3 days program review and retreat in Kigamboni from 6th to 8th November 2013 to reflect the performance of the program for the year of 2012/13 and put into place strategies for great achievement during implementation of the just started year 2013/14 program cycle.
In this meeting it was revealed that during the year of 2012/13, program has successful increasing coverage of HIV/AIDS services by 37% which resulted into an increased number of eligible clients started ART including children and pregnant women. For smooth services delivery the program disbursed funds to support HIV/AIDS services delivery in the supported Districts.

Reproductive and child health- Kangaroo method

The Kangaroo method is the method that is being practice at Sengerema Designated Hospital, whereby when a premature baby (Some of them weighing as little as 800 grams) is incubated by the mother. The premature baby is placed on the mother’s chest and upper abdomen, skin to skin and covered with a thick blanket to keep them warm at all times.
Windows are kept closed, so it is always warm inside. The mothers keep the babies on their chest, for almost 24 hours at a time. If the mother wants to walk, the baby can be tied to her breast by a Kitenge (a piece of cloth). The babies are only handled by the mother.

CSSC launched THRP report and video documentary

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) has launched four years report and video documentary of the Tanzania human resource project (THRP) which ended April 2013. The event was conducted at CSSC Office Dar es Salaam by CSSC Executive Director Mr. Peter Maduki.THRP was an initiative implemented by consortium of partners that had a common goal of improving the health and social welfare workforce of Tanzania.

NICHE stakeholders shared experience on HRH project

It was informed that, weak monitoring and evaluation system along with ineffective quality control that is lack of inspectorate department in the Health Training Institutions (HTIs) teaching and learning process as an ideal gap which contribute to the influx of privately owned HTI’s with poor standards producing poor quality products, which has implication to quality service provision in the country.  
The statement was issued at NICHE Human resource for health (HRH) stakeholders meeting held in Dar es Salaam to share experiences in implementing a HRH project in the Faith based organization (FBOs) setting and open an avenue for interested HRH stakeholders to complement or scale up the best practices done by the NICHE project in the Country.

HRH National conference: President Kikwete visit CSSC booth

The CSSC booth at the exhibition of the first National Human resource for health (HRH) conference was among of the booths visited by the President of United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. This was an important opportunity for CSSC to showcase the innovations in HRH and related health systems strengthening.

HTs Tutors trained on competence based education (CBET)

CSSC through NICHE project has conducted training for health training institutions (HTIs) tutors on competence based education to enable them understand basics of effective teaching and learning approaches in CBET curriculum which will guide them when facilitating teaching and learning activities to students.
 Various teaching approaches were taught and practiced in the course of making the learning exercise meaningful. CBET curriculum is a system of education and training that is designed to ensure that upon graduation from the system, a learner possess the requisite competencies that can be applied flexibly in relevant workplaces.

CSSC hold farewell party to GIZ Health Technical Advisor

The Christian social Services Commission (CSSC), has conveyed its sincerely gratitude to GIZ for its support in health related issues provided to CSSC. The fact has been pointed out by CSSC   Executive Director Mr. Peter Maduki at the farewell function to GIZ health technical advisor Ms. Birte Frerick which held at CSSC office Dar es Salaam.

CSSC to benefit from Big Result Now!

Improving education is of high importance to Tanzania, it is a strategic agent for development of the country. With this perspective, significance efforts have been made to increase access for all, resulting in huge enrollment expansion over the last 10 years. Over the same period of time quality of education dropped significantly. To address this challenge the Government of Tanzania has opted to have six priority sectors to focus, one of them being education sector. This information was disclosed at 30th Technical Advisory Committee of CSSC education department held at CSSC office.

Human resource for health in FBO facilities

It is informed that Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) health facilities are major stakeholders in health service delivery despite of major financing and human resource challenges which contributes to decline in service utilization. To date, FBOs hospitals contribute about 42% of the general health services in Tanzania.This information was shared at 30th Health Technical Advisory meeting of CSSC that was conducted to discuss issues related to health.

CSSC launches a campaign on back to care initiatives

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) has launched a campaign to bring back people living with HIV/AIDS who stopped using the drugs to resume using them. The campaign was launched in Mwanza by the Regional Commissioner Eng Evarist Ndikilo who was the guest of honour at the function. He said out of 46,622 people living with HIV who were on Antiretroviral drugs in Mwanza, 8,889 of the them stopped going to clinics for the antiretroviral drugs.

CSSC Executive Director visits St. Bakhita Health Institution Project

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is one among the sub- recipients of Global Fund R9 Grant through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. It has received Global Fund R9 Grant supports towards the cost of the health system strengthening which is focusing on increase Production of Health Care Workers in Tanzania. CSSC applied the proceeds of this Grant for construction, rehabilitation and extension of various buildings for enhancement of health workers for the Faith Based Organization.

THIS IS "Back to CARE Initiatives"

CSSC is one among the CDC Local Partners (LP) in the implementation of comprehensive HIV care and treatment programs in Tanzania. CSSC is engaged in the implementation of the ART Program entitled Implementation of Programs for Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV/IDS in the United Republic of Tanzania to increase Local Capacity and sustainability by engaging Local indigenous partners under US President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The Program implementation is coordinated by CSSC in close collaboration with Regional and District Management teams in Mwanza and Rorya District in Mara regions respectively.

Performance Based financing (PBF) to improve health services delivery in Tanzania

The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) has conducted national forum of Performance Based Financing (PBF) to share with health stakeholders and policy makers on PBF’s benefits in improving health services delivery in Tanzania, experiences from the members of PBF Multi-Country Network and propose the strategies and measures for the improving PBF pilots in Tanzania.PBF is a results oriented technique aimed at improving performance at work whereby individuals are rewarded according to their performance.

Tanzania PBF delegation visits Church Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ)

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) organized and led delegation to visit Church Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) for the purpose of learning how they successfully implemented Performance Based Financing (PBF) Pilot Project through selecting specific role and challenges they faced. The visit was congruent with the project over-all objective which is to improve the functioning of the health sector through exchange of experiences of PBF approach from seven countries in the Network. It is worth expressing that Zambia and Tanzania are only Anglophone Countries in the Network, and thus have more or less similar health sector set up.

MISEREOR empressed with CSSC achievements

High rank officials from German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation (MISEREOR)visited CSSC HQ and said they are impressed with CSSC’s achievements especially in supporting its member institutions to provide quality social services in the country, health and education services in particularly.

The officials were Dr. Martin Bröckelmann-Simon the Managing Director, International Cooperation Division and Mike who is the Head of Africa and Middle East Department, they could not hide their feelings when they met CSSC management team in the CSSC conference room.

HRIS users satisfies with system function

The hospitals using digital Human resource information system (HRIS) have testified the useful of that system, as a tool which is strengthening hospital managers to deliver staff report timely due to easy availability of human resource data and its efficiency in storing such data.

CSSC signed a MoU to improve referral hospitals’ services

CSSC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to develop Guidelines for Faith Based Organizations referral hospitals systems to support Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania. The Five months project (December 2012 – May 2013) aims at contributing to the improvement of delivery of quality referral services which are accessible and affordable at regional level.

ICT Social innovation workshop

The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) in collaboration with CSSC-AfyaMtandao has conducted workshop on Social innovation to project partners working in health with IICD and Cordaid under the Connect4Change programme.

The three days workshop enabled participants to learn how to prepare, implement and monitor the eHealth package and HMIS implementations in particular. This also included issues like quality control. They also learnt on the business development, marketing and financial aspects. In addition, the workshop also focused on peer learning.


CSSC train hospitals to develop CHOPs

In ensuring effectiveness of service agreement (SA), Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is working close with Church owned hospitals to review their strategic plans for the purpose of improving data.

Safe care project

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in collaboration with Pharm Access International (PAI) is implementing the Business of quality under Safe Care Initiative to improve quality and standard in health facilities.

Technical support to enhance capacity of hospitals

During the introductory part of the TCMA meeting, it was mentioned that CSSC has showed their commitment in addressing the issues of capacity building and Technical assistance in supporting the hospitals to continue providing quality services to the population served by FBO facilities.

Palliative care to patients with chronic ilenesses. - Bishop Salala

The Bishop of the African Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT), Coastal Diocese, Rev.

Enhancing Partnership in Health Services Delivery

The Christian social service commission (CSSC) conducted a Consultative meeting which named “Consultative CDH Meeting for enhancing Partnership in Health Services Delivery in Tanzania”. It was held in Dar es Salaam from 16th to 17th June 2015.


Asthma management

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs. These airways are very sensitive and swell up in response to certain triggers. The muscles in the airways tighten and the airway lining becomes swollen and inflamed, producing sticky mucous. These changes cause the airways to become narrow, making it difficult to breathe and causing typical asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

Causes of asthma