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)
 
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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.

LATEST NEWS FROM CHRISTIAN SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION

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.

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 an

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.

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-pr

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.

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