New health center in Tanzania dedicated, ready for equipment
September 17, 2006
MSATA, Tanzania - Senior officials from the Bagamoyo District, Tanzanian Peoples' Defense Forces (TPDF), the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) dedicated the newly constructed Msata Health Center here Tuesday.<br/><br/>The health center will enable Bagamoyo medical personnel to provide triage in an area well known for its severe and often fatal vehicle accidents.<br/><br/>The design for the center was developed by Bagamoyo District officials and facilitated by TPDF engineers. CJTF-HOA contracted with Tanzanian Building Works, Ltd., to construct the facility. Locally hired workers began construction July 8 and completed the project August 18.<br/><br/>The local government agreed to provide the equipment for the new facility if the U.S. could pay for and build it. The dedication will signify the completion of the U.S. part of the agreement, and leave the clinic awaiting the local government to fill it with the necessary supplies.<br/><br/>The total cost to build the new health center was $144,000 (about Tshs.18.9 million) and was funded by U.S. government. U.S. Central Command's joint task force, based in Djibouti, administered the project and provided engineering and contracting support.<br/><br/>The TPDF and U.S. military recently completed other humanitarian projects in the area during Exercise Natural Fire 2006, a 10-day multilateral training exercise conducted in August. Two of these projects were the refurbishment of the Bagamoyo Dispensary near the health center and a medical civil action program that provided acute care to more than 3000 people.