The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish Christian Medical Society, which also administers it as one of its health mission work projects.
The guidelines and requirements of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of Tanzania are followed to ensure that developments are in line with the government strategies.
You can learn more about the governmental involvement and the funding here.
The project manager of eHealth is M.Sc. Kristina Nokso-Koivisto. The project team consists of six work groups. Each of them is responsible for certain areas of expertise. The work groups are Developers and Supporters, eHealth Users, Research, Decision Makers, eHealth Business and Ilembula Hospital Support. The names of the work group leaders as well as their responsibility areas can be seen in the figure below.
The implementation includes training sessions, courses, workshops and hands-on working, bringing together health care personnel and ICT experts.
More information about the work groups and their work can be found here.
The key success factor of the eHealth project is the close cooperation of the actors from Tanzania and Finland. There are many partners and collaborators involved in both countries.
The partners in Tanzania are the University of Dar es Salaam and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha and the local Lutheran church through the Lutheran Investment Company. There are also two hospitals’ umbrella organisations, one for Christian hospitals (Christian Social Services Commission) and one for private hospitals (Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania). Some pilot hospitals take part in the project as collaborators in Tanzania. In Finland experts from Tampere University, from the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy and from the Finnish business sector contribute to the project on a voluntary basis.
The figure below illustrates the network of various parties working towards common goals in the eHealth project.
During the Covid-19 pandemic joint face-to-face activities have not been possible between the actors. Therefore an alternative approach had to be found instead. Therefore the focus has been changed to Tanzanian partner-led sub-projects, which follow mutually agreed project plans. The costs are then paid by the project.
For more information about the contribution of the universities, please look here.
The activities with the healthcare umbrella organizations are described here.
More information about the cooperation with Lutheran Investment Company (LUICO) can be found here.