Health Partnership Symposium 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

28 February | 1 March

90 delegates from 18 countries, 33 speakers presenting on all things health partnerships: the Health Partnership Symposium 2017 was a fantastic demonstration of the power of collaboration in global health.

We were extremely proud to hold the symposium in Tanzania as it has always been THET’s ultimate concern that the voice of overseas partners is championed and listened to.

“We need to work together with Governments to strengthen our health systems and not try to shame them with the gaps in the systems” 

Professor Francis Omaswa -  Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), highlighted the important of strong and meaningful monitoring and evaluation in encouraging governments to invest in health care. 

Over two days delegates gathered to look at different areas of health systems strengthening, including the building blocks of human resources for health, partnership approaches, sustainability and different country contexts and circumstances.

The Health Partnership Scheme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by THET, have made huge contributions to the strengthening of health systems worldwide.

As Andrew Jones, Head of Partnerships at THET noted in his welcome remarks:

Over 130 health institutions have been strengthened through strong partnerships between UK and overseas institutions in thirty-two countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East with over 63,000 health workers trained and 60,000 UK health worker days spent volunteering.

Professor Muhammed Kambi, Chief Medical Officer for MoHCDGEC, Tanzania, our guest of honour, spoke of how health partnerships have aligned with Tanzanian government priorities to strengthen the health workforce throughout the country.  

Dr Shams Syeds, Programme Manager for African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS), World Health Organisation,  added an extremely valuable and engaging WHO perspective on the partnership model. He went on to note how crucial partnership is for health system strengthening particularly fow quality improvement, which should be at the heart of health service delivery.  

This is best conceptualised by a quote from Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation who stated;

What good does it do to offer free maternal care and have a  high proportion of babies in delivered health facilities, if the quality of the care is sub-standard or even dangerous?

For those in slightly cooler climates (!) we were able to enjoy live updates and join interesting debates via Twitter, which came alive with the hashtag #HPSymposium and served as a great tool for networking and connection.


Particular highlights:

The launch of the webpage for our Principles of Partnership (PoPs) Movement!

The Lifebox film screening – 'The Checklist Effect':

  • The film went behind the scenes of operating rooms and communities. Filmed across seven countries, including; Haiti, Uganda, Moldova, Mongolia and Guatemala it highlighted the challenges faced in ensuring safer surgical and anaesthetic care. Drawing particular attention to the challenges that low and middle income countries face in health service delivery but also to those of experienced in high-income countries, such as the USA. 'The Checklist Effect' demonstrated how we all have much to learn from each other in order to improve our health systems - the essence of our partnership model.

The spontaneous forming of a mental health focus group!

  • During the symposium a mental health focus group was formed by a number of mental health partnerships, who came together to discuss and share their experiences working in the mental health field in their respective countries. Through networking partners were able to meet and learn about the programmes they were each working on -  exactly the kind of conversations we hoped participants would have with each other! 

During the symposium THET staff led micro-labs providing partners with introductions to Financial Management, Monitoring,  Evaluation and Learning and Resource Mobilisation.

View our HPSymposium Webinar now and join the conversation!


For more information on the symposium please contact or for the Principles of Partnership contact  

Alternative Funding Opportunities for Health Partnerships

Health Partnerships Symposium Report