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 the health system in Tanzania.

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


“We introduced them to the program, explained the importance of screening for hypertension, and took their vitals. After this they say, ‘Thank you, thank you very much Nurse.'”

These words come from Byera Kwesiga, a nurse and site coordinator at Kahama Hospital in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, as she describes her work to protect mamas from the adverse effects of hypertension. As manager of the hospital’s Healthy Heart Africa Program, Byera organizes staff in the Reproductive and Child Health department and ensures that pregnant and postpartum women are properly screened for hypertension.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is among the leading causes of death in Tanzania and is especially dangerous for mothers and their babies. High blood pressure in pregnancy can develop into preeclampsia and eclampsia, which are both life-threatening, especially when left untreated. That’s why Touch Foundation is partnering with AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa program to screen pregnant and postpartum women in Tanzania.

Byera was among the nearly 150 Tanzanian Lake Zone health workers we trained in 2019 on the adverse effects of hypertension and how to conduct detailed screenings and diagnose pregnant and postpartum women. By December 2019, they had performed over 10,000 screenings! The information they collect during these screenings is not just helping them provide better care to patients: the data also helps us better understand the prevalence of hypertension in pregnant and postpartum women in the Lake Zone.

Byera is saving lives by ensuring mothers are screened during their antenatal and postnatal clinic visits. Before the program began, Byera says that she and other health workers often only discovered hypertensive cases during or right before labor and delivery, which didn’t give the opportunity to protect mothers from the life-threatening effects of high blood pressure. Now, screening during clinic visits allows Byera and her colleagues to diagnose hypertensive cases early, allowing more preventative measures to be taken. Byera remembers a pregnant patient whose blood pressure was approaching dangerously high levels during an antenatal screening. Because the nurses at Kahama Hospital caught it early, they were able to provide her with the proper medications and monitor her to ensure that she remained healthy and her baby was born safely.

At Touch, we’re excited to continue working with nurses like Byera, particularly in 2020, the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, who are leading the way in improving maternal health around sub-Saharan Africa.

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