How USAID's health partnership with Tanzania is evolving

A dispensary in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The country is looking to partner more and allow more private investors in the health sector. Photo by: Right to Health / CC BY

Where do public health goals fit into an agenda focused on trade and investment, and what message have health ministers brought with them to the first ever gathering of African heads of state in the United States?

Devex caught up with Tanzanian Minister of Health and Social Welfare Tanzania Dr. Seif Seleman Rashid on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to learn how the high-level rhetoric around a new narrative of partnership with the continent means for a ministry that still relies heavily on foreign aid programs and assistance.

Rashid shared his views on emerging health sectors where investment and innovation are the words of the day, discussed recent agreements with the U.S. Agency for International Development to upgrade Tanzania’s electronic health management systems, and talked about his own ambitions to leave behind a more “independent” national health system.

Below are highlights from our conversation with the minister outside an event sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs and the Tanzania Investment Center on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.