How TASAF accelerates citizens’ access to social services

SIMIYU: TANZANIA Social Action Fund (TASAF) has completed construction of a staff house for Mbiti Dispensary in Mhango ward, Bariadi Town Council of Simiyu region, as part of efforts to improve citizens’ accessibility of health services in the needy areas.

The just completed three-bedroom house worth 54m/- guarantees 24 hours services to residents of Mhango ward, since the medical officers will now be staying just 10 metres from the dispensary.

Speaking during a tour of the project on Thursday, Deputy Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Services Management and Good Governance Mr Ridhiwani Kikwete, said the construction of the house stands as clear evidence of the government’s resolve to improve the health sector.

“The government through TASAF has been taking a number of initiatives to improve people’s living standards. We shall continue to implement many other programmes for the benefit of underprivileged households,” he said.

The deputy minister asked beneficiaries of the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) to show up during the verification exercises, as well as participating in various meetings organised for TASAF activities.

He said that it is through the meetings, names of PSSN beneficiaries are proposed for further processing. Equally, Mr Ridhiwani expressed satisfaction with the proper supervision monitoring on implementation of TASAF projects in Simiyu region.

“Quality of projects that are implemented in Simiyu that is among five regions that are implementing pilot programmes on Phase Four of Tanzania Poverty Reduction Project (TPRP IV), so far the programme is on the right track,” he said.

For his part, TASAF Acting Executive Director Mr Shedrack Mziray said implementation of the development programme is part of continued efforts in supporting economic progress for poor households.

He said the project is a result of President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan’s bold determination to uplift the living standards of poor households, by also facilitating accessibility to social services.

“TASAF is well prepared and fully committed to work on challenges that are facing poor households; in this case I would like also to insist on the need for PSSN beneficiaries to ensure effective compliance to the conditions that come with the subsidy,” he explained.

Some of the conditions include the requirement to ensure all children below the age of five years attend clinics and effective school attendance to all children who are eligible for studies.

Expounding, Mr Mziray noted that elders of age above 65 years, people with disability, those pregnant and all breast-feeding mothers are not allowed to participate in the Public Works Programme (PWP) that is implemented under TASAF supervision.

For his part Councillor for Mhango ward Mr Martine Singibalo thanked the government, through TASAF, for implementing various projects in the administrative area.

“This is a blessing for us, President Samia is doing a good job that leaves a mark in our lives; we appreciate her efforts in helping the poor to have a better life,” he said.

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