Tanzanian Training Center for International Health (TTCIH)

Partnership objectives

The goal for the Ifakara-based Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) was to become an autonomous, self-reliant social enterprise, providing high-quality training, services and facilities for healthcare professionals.

In just ten years, TTCIH has developed into a state-of-the-art training institution. In just ten years, TTCIH has developed into a state-of-the-art training institution. Copyright Novartis Foundation

What are the health needs and challenges?

Skilled human resources are the backbone of any performing health system, but many developing countries face a human resource crisis due to health workforce shortages, brain drain and lack of adequate training. Increasing health interventions aimed at reducing child and maternal mortality and tackling diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB require more and better trained health personnel. Great emphasis, therefore, has to be placed on human resource development.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

TTCIH is one of the Novartis Foundation’s earliest programs, addressing the shortage of human resources. The goal for TTCIH was to become an autonomous, self-reliant social enterprise, providing high-quality training, services and facilities for healthcare professionals. While it is based in rural Tanzania, its programs now benefit healthcare systems across Africa and beyond.

The Novartis Foundation’s partners include the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Apart from being a funding partner, the Novartis Foundation has played a key role in bringing corporate expertise in areas such as business management, financial analysis, marketing and human resources that are helping TTCIH become a stronger sustainable social enterprise.

With expanded course offerings, the institute now generates sufficient revenues to support its existing operations.

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Partnership information

Company(ies) Novartis

Partner(s) Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Other, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Children's Health, General Health, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Obstetrics, Surgical Care, Tuberculosis, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Tanzania

Start Date 2003

More information Novartis Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing