OUR MISSION

Touch Foundation is a secular, non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the health system across the different levels of care. Touch expands its impact by sharing the acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.

Touch focuses on two key elements of the health system

OUR APPROACH

Touch is committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian population by strengthening the overall health system. We approach the health system as an interconnected web of elements, all of which need to be functional to enable effective delivery of care. These elements include healthcare workers, infrastructure, supplies and equipment, transportation and referrals, and healthcare management, among others. Touch works across the different levels of the health system from tertiary hospitals down to village level facilities. We structure our work within two main programs:

10

Celebrating Ten Years Of Touch Foundation

2014 annual report

Download PDF

OUR IMPACT

Increased Production of New Healthcare Workers

Since Touch was founded in 2004, we have supported the education of over 2,000 healthcare workers. Touch has helped graduate 278 physicians (~10% of the country’s total), 70 specialists, and approximately 1,700 other healthcare professionals, including 388 Assistant Medical Officers (AMOs), 376 nurses, 168 nurse anesthetists, 259 laboratory scientists, and 249 pharmacists. In addition to helping graduate a large number of healthcare workers, we have also improved the quality of their education. Today, the vast majority of these graduates work within Tanzania’s health system, providing much-needed healthcare to the Tanzanian population.

TOTAL NUMBER OF HEALTHCARE GRADUATES PER ACADEMIC YEAR SUPPORTED
BY TOUCH’S WORK

Total non-MD graduates MDs and specialists

Strong Deployment and Retention of Trained Healthcare Workers

We are proud to report that 96% of the CUHAS and BMC graduates are deployed and remain in the Tanzanian health system, delivering quality healthcare to the population across the country. These graduates are working in all but one region of Tanzania and approximately 85% of them are performing clinical work.

Improved Healthcare Delivery in the Lake Zone of Tanzania and beyond

We have further improved healthcare delivery by enhancing the skills of existing healthcare workers as well as strengthening healthcare delivery mechanisms, such as upgrading facilities and medical equipment, and enhancing management of health-care facilities.

CUHAS and BMC Graduate Postings
by Region

Number of graduates working in the Tanzanian health system

> 50 26 - 50 1 - 25 0

Resources

Annual Report 2014: Celebrating Ten Years of Touch Foundation

Download PDF

Our 2014 Annual Report details our approach and impact achieved after a decade of work in Tanzania and celebrates the invaluable support of our donors and partners.

Achievements, Approach, and Path Forward

Download PDF

Touch Foundation's Achievements, Approach and Path Forward reviews the successes and positive impact the organization has had to date on health system's strengthening in Tanzania. The report also discusses the exciting programmatic priorities for improving the quality and quantity of the healthcare workforce as well as improving healthcare delivery mechanisms going forward.

Touch Foundation Impact Report

Download PDF

The Touch Foundation Impact Report provides a deep-dive analysis of the achievements made from 2004 - 2012.

Action Now on the Tanzanian Health Workforce Crisis: Expanding Health Worker Training – The Twiga Initiative

Download PDF

Based on our experience at Weill Bugando, the Tanzanian Minister for Health and Social Welfare asked us to assist his Ministry in scaling up health worker training capacity at the national level. With the help of McKinsey & Company, we set out to identify a baseline for current national training capacity and to develop and prioritize initiatives intended to help the government achieve health training goals.

Catalyzing Change: Molecular Strengthening of the Health System in the Tanzanian Lake Zone

Download PDF

Our work at Weill Bugando has demonstrated the necessity of complementing investments in health worker training with initiatives to solve the problems of the larger healthcare system itself, including factors such as recruitment, deployment, in-service support and development opportunities. To better understand these issues, we collaborated with our Tanzanian partners to launch the Lake Zone Initiative. This report outlines findings from the first, diagnostic phase, which identifies key obstacles in the regional health system that surrounds Bugando and outlines interventions to address them.

Investing in Tanzanian Human Resources for Health – An HRH Report for the Touch Foundation

Download PDF

This report, based on field research conducted by a joint Touch and McKinsey team, builds on the findings from McKinsey’s initial 2004 field visit to Tanzania. It focuses on the training of highly-skilled human resources for health (HRH) as the primary lever for addressing the global health care crisis and provides a strategy for the Touch Foundation to pursue to address it.

Acting Now to Overcome Tanzania’s Greatest Health Challenge – Addressing the Gap in Human Resources for Health

Download PDF

This report summarizes the findings from a 2004 field visit by a McKinsey team to Tanzania. The report introduces a three-pronged approach for addressing the country’s severe health care crisis.

Take Action

We are addressing Tanzania’s ongoing healthcare crisis
to build a healthier Tanzania. Join us.

Volunteer

Support our operations by sharing your experience and expertise

Donate

100% of your gift is generously matched by the U.S. Agency for International Development

Get Active

Run the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon for a worthy cause

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Touch Foundation, providing strategic guidance and helping us to create opportunities for growth.

LOWELL L. BRYAN

President

President

KEVIN J. CURNIN

CELIA FELSHER

CLAUDIO BRAZ FERRO

MBAGO KANIKI

MARCO SPINELLI

CHARBEL TAGHER

TOM TELES

ROBERT H. NIEHAUS

SALIM RAMJI

STEVEN KELMAR

Claudia Joyce

FR. DOCTOR PETER LE JACQ

Volunteer

Volunteer

DAVID LOWDEN

Secretary

Secretary

Financials

Touch Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. A summary of our most recent financial statements is below. Audited financials and 990s are posted as they become available.

Touch Foundation has earned four-stars from Charity Navigator, its highest rating, based on our efficient use of funds, commitment to transparency and organizational accountability.

Statement of financial position as of september 30, 2013

Assets
Cash and Cash Equivalents $818,349
Contributions and Grants Receivable $912,636
Prepaid Assets $40,368
Total Assets $1,771,353
Liabilities
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $63,402
Deferred Income $16,974
Grants Payable $292,900
Total Liabilities $373,276
Net Assets
Unrestricted $178,410
Temporarily Restricted $1,219,667
Total Net Assets $1,398,077
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $1,771,353

Statement of activities the year ended september 30, 2013

Support and Revenue
Contributions $1,728,077
Government Grants $2,965,269
Donated Goods and Services $1,187,252
Investment Income $(1,202)
Total Support and Revenue $5,879,396
Expenses
Grant and Program Activities $4,313,048
Management and General $745,985
Fundraising $350,169
Total Expenses $5,409,202
Net Assets
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets $470,194
Net Assets, Beginning of the Year $927,883
Net Assets, End of the Year $1,398,077
2014 Audited
Financial Statements
2013 Audited
Financial Statements
2012 Audited
Financial Statements
2011 Audited
Financial Statements
2010 Audited
Financial Statements
FY2014 990 FY2013 990 FY2012 990 FY2011 990 FY2010 990

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Touch Foundation. If you would like to learn more about our programs, donate or volunteer, please contact us.

All offices

Phone: 212-351-0721

Fax: 212-351-0864

touch_foundation@mckinsey.com

United States

Office:

Touch Foundation, Inc.
875 Third Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Mailing Address:

Touch Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1420
New York, NY 10150

Tanzania

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1464
Mwanza, Tanzania