Silver Jubilee of AHEAD in Tanzania
What a Celebration! On 30th October 2009, AHEAD celebrated its Silver Jubilee at Diamond Jubilee Executive Hall in Dar es Salaam, commemorating 25 years of service in Tanzania.
AHEAD has been implementing primary health and education programs in rural villages since 1985. Dr. Winnie Mpanju Shumbusho was the first Country Director and Professor Philemon Sarungi, the first Patron.
H. E. Ambassador O. Sefue substituted as the Guest of Honor in the absence of former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Ambassador Sefue share with the guests that he had been the speech writer for President Mwinyi, and he gave a wonderful speech. Five individuals were presented awards for the very important role they played in making a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for Tanzanian women and children, and for helping AHEAD make a difference in the lives of so many Tanzanians, especially those living in rural communities.
The honorees: Honorable Ambassador Gertrude I. Mongella, MP for her outstanding efforts on behalf of women worldwide; Honorable Professor Philemon M. Sarungi, MD, MP for his generous contributions to the Advancement of Medicine in Tanzania; Honorable Ambassador Dr. Pius Y. Ng’wandu for his commitment to water reserved for all citizens of Tanzania; Dr. Winnie Mpanju Shumbusho for her dedication to children worldwide and HIV/AIDS policies, and in recognition of her assistance in initiating and supporting the work of AHEAD-Tanzania; and, Mrs. Rachel Nyirabu (Posthumous) for her commitment and support of individuals and organizations working in Tanzania, including her service as an AHEAD volunteer both in the United States and Tanzania.
The primary purposes of this event was to raise awareness among Tanzanians and others about the status of women’s health, especially, the plight of expectant mothers. All profits from the Gala will be used to establish a community sustainable obstetric transport system in Kisarawe District to take expectant mothers from their homes to a health facility equipped for maternal and newborn care. The objective is to encourage community residents to assume responsibility for the transport and care of expectant women in their communities.
AHEAD’s work is far from over; rather, we are now developing strategies and programs for our next 25 years in Tanzania. We remain committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Tanzania. AHEAD’s programs are in concurrence with the mandate set forth by His Excellency President Kikwete as well as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. AHEAD is grateful to the people of Tanzania, especially the honorees, for seeing the value in AHEAD’s work and supporting us in “Saving Lives Today…Sustaining Healthy Communities for Tomorrow.”