DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCE FOR HEALTH
1. What is the role Human Resource for Health Department at Sikika?
The Human Resource for Health department at SIKIKA implements activities that focus on increased financial allocation for Human Resource for Health, equitable Human Resource for Health distribution and adherence to professional ethics in Tanzania. We work through research activities, publications, media engagements, consultative meetings and networking.
Our boundary partners are citizens, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Council Health Management Teams, health care workers, health professional bodies, Prime Minister’s Office- Regional and Local Governments, President’s Office-Public Service Management and strategic partners are CSOs and NGOs.
2. How can I be involved in Human Resource for Health department activities?
The department has different levels which you can be involved, as follows:-
1. You can join our staff team through vacancies announced through Sikikas’ Human Resource and administration office.
2. You can also become a SIKIKA volunteer
3. You can also apply to become an intern in our department.
4. You can participate in our activities at local level through district coordinators in areas we work.
5. You can contribute your perspective in different Sikika’s forums such as Twitter, Facebook, blog and our website.
6. You can participate in discussion during radio sessions, for example on radio One Stereo and TBC radio.
7. You can inform us about the health situation in your area through short messages or e-mails.
8. You can physically visit or write to our department to learn more about our activities. onal
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND GOVERNANCE
What does SAM mean?
1. SAM is an acronym for Social Accountability Monitoring.
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes the right of everyone to the enjoyment of highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (article 12). To achieve the full realization of this right, the government is obligated to take the following steps:
The provision for the reduction of the stillbirth-rate and of infant mortality and for the healthy development of the child;
The improvement of all aspects of environmental and industrial hygiene;
The prevention, treatment and control of epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases;
The creation of conditions which would assure to all medical service and medical attention in the event of sickness.
Sikika monitors if the government is using public resources to progressively realize citizens’ social rights. Further, we hold the government accountable for its performance in managing public resources and ensure that corrective action is taken if where public resources are not effectively used.
2. What is the financial situation of the health sector?
Tanzania and other African countries ratified the Abuja declaration (2001) which requires the signatories to allocate 15 percent of the total government budget towards the health sector. Ten years later, Tanzania has not made any progress towards achieving the 15% target: in the fiscal year (FY) 2011/12, the Tanzanian government has only allocated 8.9 percent of its total budget to health.
While such international commitments are made to improve the wellbeing of the citizens, the government’s efforts to refocus its own resources to health have not been put into practice as the local funding to health has been increased at a slower pace compared to foreign funding.
3. What are unnecessary expenditures?
There is broad concern that the public sector is spending monies on activities that are not necessary for the achievement of Tanzania’s development vision. In 2008, the Government committed itself to reduce unnecessary expenditures and to redirect the savings to strategic areas that promote the well-being of Tanzanian citizens. In the budget speech for the fiscal year 2011/12, the Minister of Finance reemphasised that “the Government will continue efforts to control expenditure