Tanzanian Training Center for International Health
Skilled human resources are the backbone of any performing healthcare system. Many developing countries, however, face a big shortage of qualified healthcare personnel. The Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) aims to strengthen the Tanzanian healthcare system through sustainable human resources development. Together with Tanzania's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development developed a comprehensive concept to redesign the former Clinical Officer Training Center (COTC) in Ifakara. Apart from renovation and improvements in equipment, management was strengthened and a solid governance system was established. The TTCIH is steered by a semi-autonomous Board of Governors with members from both the public and private sector. It offers not only high level medical training (Assistant Medical Officer program), but also has an extended course program, specifically in mother and child health. To increase its financial self-reliance, the center offers its training facilities to external course providers. In 2009, the training centers net income amounted to USD 260,000 from course fees, rent (accommodation, seminar rooms) and other services - excluding grants from third parties. Apart from financial self-reliance, the ultimate goal is also to develop the TTCIH into one of the leading training centers in Tanzania and East Africa.