Touch Foundation is a secular, non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the health system across the different levels of care. Touch focuses on two key elements of the health system: Improving the quantity and quality of healthcare workers and enhancing healthcare delivery mechanisms.
Touch Foundation expands its impact by sharing the acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.
Touch is committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the overall health system. Touch Foundation approach the health system as an interconnected web of elements, all of which need to be functional to enable effective delivery of care. These elements include healthcare workers, infrastructure, supplies and equipment, transportation and referrals, and healthcare management, among others. Touch works across the different levels of the health system from tertiary hospitals down to village level facilities. Touch Foundation structures the work within two main programs: Treat and Train: an integrated healthcare and education network in the Lake Zone of Tanzania and Knowledge management and sharing.
When Touch Foundation launched in 2004, Tanzania faced a daunting healthcare environment. Tanzanian life expectancy was declining, infant and under-five child mortality was increasing, and Tanzania’s physician density was among the lowest in the developing world, even when compared to its sub-Saharan African neighbors.
Lowell Bryan, a Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, founded Touch to address this crisis. His aim was to combine the best of private and public sector approaches and expertise to increase access to essential quality healthcare for those who need it most.
Touch has supported the education of over 3,000 healthcare workers, and 96% of them are currently working in the Tanzanian healthcare sector. We have also strengthened healthcare delivery through investments in infrastructure, equipment, and supplies, enabling healthcare workers to use their knowledge and skills to serve people in need.
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