About Us

Our mission is to save lives and relieve human suffering.  We strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems.

Our Strategy

Touch Foundation strengthens local health systems in sub-Saharan Africa. We apply a three-phase strategy for scaling solutions to the most pressing global health challenges.

Much of our work to date has focused on designing and implementing programs in the Lake Zone of Tanzania and demonstrating impact.  Successful solutions are then scaled up to a regional/national level​. Ultimately, we aim for our solutions to be adapted and replicated in other countries facing similar challenges to achieve broad, transformative impact.


Our Three-Phase Approach

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Touch Foundation, providing strategic guidance, and helping us create opportunities for growth. Their leadership is invaluable to our work.

LOWELL L. BRYAN Chairman

CELIA FELSHER President

KEVIN J. CURNIN

CLAUDIO BRAZ FERRO

Parisa Jaffer

Claudia Joyce

MBAGO KANIKI

STEVEN KELMAR

Dana Kirchman

ROBERT H. NIEHAUS

Michael Patsalos-Fox

Sean William Ryan

Ishaan Seth

CHARBEL TAGHER

TOM TELES

Fr. Dr. Peter Le Jacq, MM Volunteer

Kerry Cooperman Secretary

staff

Touch employs a team of highly skilled professionals who are committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian people. Our team brings a wide-range of expertise, with private and public sector backgrounds spanning from management consulting, clinical medicine, public health, and non-profit organizational management. Together, we address the multi-faceted challenges facing Tanzania’s health system.
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Kira Elbert Chief Development Officer

Noah Leff Chief Operating Officer

Massimiliano Pezzoli Chief Program Officer

careers

At Touch, you will join a team of highly mission-driven professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including management consulting, non-profit management, and clinical medicine. You will work closely with team members across all levels and functions, becoming an integral part of our commitment to strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Touch Foundation, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

 

We currently do not have any positions open in our New York or Mwanza offices.

Financials

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

Touch has earned four stars from Charity Navigator based on our efficient use of funds, commitment to transparency, and organizational accountability and a gold rating from GuideStar based on our fiscal transparency.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is Touch Foundation?

Touch Foundation is an international 501(c)3 non-profit organization (TIN 20-1469976) dedicated to improving health and saving lives in Tanzania. For over a decade, we have been building Tanzania’s healthcare workforce, enhancing the quality of healthcare education, and improving access to care. We work holistically, strengthening the diverse building blocks of the health system – all of which need to be functional to enable effective delivery of care.

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2What is Touch’s Mission?

Our mission is to save lives and relieve human suffering.  We strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems.

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News


The global COVID-19 pandemic has posed a threat to essential health services around the world. Despite this, healthcare workers at a hospital in Tanzania (pictured to the right) have continued providing services to pregnant and postpartum women in the community using digital technology to record and track screening data. Not only that, they have increased the number of monthly hypertension screenings.

Frontline healthcare workers are at the forefront of ensuring quality maternal healthcare in Tanzania. The healthcare workers at Sengerema Council Designated Hospital, serving a population of over 650,000, play a crucial role in keeping women and babies safe by screening for hypertension at prenatal and antenatal care visits. Hypertensive disorders are among the leading causes of death for pregnant women in Tanzania, and so diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing maternal deaths. A team of nine healthcare workers at the hospital have screened over 10,500 women since 2019, when they joined AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals’ Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) program implemented by Touch.

Mr. Makala, an RN in the HHA program, reported that with increased precautions, COVID-19 did not influence their screening capabilities. In fact, the hospital team increased its screening numbers per month by at least 150 since the pandemic began, now screening over 1,000 women every month. When asked why this might be, Mr. Makala explained that the care the healthcare workers provide from beginning to end continues to foster trust throughout the community, making more women feel comfortable to visit and get screened.

Digital health has promoted ease and efficiency in these screening services. The healthcare workers record results and other key data on tablets, which are synced to an online dashboard. Mr. Makala explains that the tablets are easier to use than paper forms, prompting answers to skipped questions and saving time with typing ease.

What’s more, the use of digital technology has fostered strong communication between the healthcare workers on the frontline and Touch Foundation’s program team, which has been indispensable given limited travel opportunities during COVID-19. The tablets help the program team at Touch support the healthcare workers from afar, track screening progress, and continue collecting data to study the prevalence of hypertension in the Lake Zone of Tanzania.

Working together with AstraZeneca and healthcare worker teams like Mr. Makala’s throughout the region, we will educate, screen, and refer for treatment 50,000 pregnant women and 1,800 healthcare workers over three years.

To hear from another nurse delivering maternal hypertension screening and care on the frontlines, click here.

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