Established in 1994, the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) is a Non-State Actor that exists to serve as a public forum for the private health sector.
APHFTA, the umbrella organisation of the self-sustaining private health sector in Tanzania, is dedicated to improving the quality of care and services in the private health sector.
APHFTA provides a comprehensive array of advocacy, administrative, knowledge-sharing and networking products and services to the private health sector, and it endeavours to link with the community and thereby contribute towards poverty alleviation.
APHFTA has over 90 full-time employees who are involved in administration, finance, procurement, and project management.
APHFTA has over 1,000 member healthcare facilities all over Tanzania, which includes hospitals, health centers, dispensaries, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs) district associations, and maternity homes among others.
APHFTA Strategic Development Plans has 6 Strategic Objectives:
- To re-organize and sustain APHFTA
- To improve Human Resources for Health in the Private Health Sector
- To Embed the use of ICT in the Private Health Sector
- To support the delivery of Public Health Goods and Services
- To sustain Quality of Healthcare in the Private Health Facilities
- To strengthen and sustain PHS’s influence at District and National Levels
APHFTA has established functioning National Headquarters Offices in Dar Es Salaam, five(5) Zonal offices and one (1) Regional office.
- The Lake Zone Office, with offices in Mwanza City, serves six Regions around Lake Victoria
- Northern Zone Office, with offices in Moshi, serves four regions in the northern circuit
- Southern Highland Zone Offices in Mbeya serves the six Southern Highland regions of Tanzania
- Central Zone serving Dodoma, Morogoro, Singida, Tabora and Kigoma
- Dar Es Salaam Zone serving Dare Es Salaam, Lindi, Mtwara and Coastal regions
Also APHFTA has regional project offices in Geita,Tabora, Singida, Morogoro, Iringa and Mjombe.
APHFTA is an active player and contributor in health policies in Tanzania. APHFTA participates in:
- annual MoHCDGEC Joint Annual Health Sector Review (JAHSR) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Steering committee meetings
- PPP Technical Working Group(TWG)
- Human Resource for Health (HRH) TWG
- Health Financing Technical Working Group
- Quality Improvement Technical Working Group
- Public-Private Health Forum (PPHF)
APHFTA is also represented in the private health facilities registration board that support the registration of private facilities all over the country.
The Association has a good track record of working with development partners in donor-funded projects and has accumulated vast experience in managing health sector projects (including health sector financing) and achieving projects’ targets that are in line with the organization’s Vision and Mission.