New Vehicle Helps Tanzanian District Stay On Track

By Anna Sawaki | July 16, 2013

EGPAF Country Director Dr. Jeroen Van’t Pad Bosch (right) gives the District Medical Officer (DMO) of Masasi district the keys to a vehicle that will help health workers and provide HIV/AIDS services

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On June 21, 2013, Dr. Shaib Maarifa on behalf of community health workers in the Masasi district of Tanzania thanked the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) for its recent motor vehicle donation. The vehicle will be used to distribute HIV/AIDS medications and other medical supplies to even the most remote areas of the district. 

EGPAF Country Director Dr. Jeroen Van’t Pad Bosch and Masasi district medical officer Dr. Shaib Maarifa – who represented community health workers at the event – attended the donation ceremony.  During the event, Dr. Maarifa thanked EGPAF for the donation. “This vehicle has come at the right time, when the health section unit had no car to support its daily operations,” he said. 

Dr. Maarifa further explained that the vehicle will be used to deliver essential supplies for reproductive health, child health, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services to several district health facilities.

“On behalf of (the) Masasi district management team, we would like to promise EGPAF that we will do our best to take good care of the vehicle so that it continues to be in a good condition and provide maximum transport support for RCH services at the district,” said Dr. Maarifa.

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Anna Sawaki is a Program Officer for the Foundation, based in Tanzania.