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. Check back soon!

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


Damian Masanja began working with Touch Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) program in 2018, partnering with engineers at our long-time partner hospital, Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) to promote biomedical excellence. BMC just hired Damian as a full-time Technical Performance Manager to continue working with BMC technicians to ensure that Lake Zone equipment is always fully functional. We sat down with Damian to talk about the HTM program, his role, and his exciting vision about the future of biomedical engineering.

 

Damian Masanja Baluhya has spent almost two years working closely with Touch and the engineers at BMC to implement core processes and build capacity in their engineering department. In August, Damian stepped into a new role with the HTM program, employed directly by BMC, and will continue his groundbreaking work with engineers by conducting a performance assessment over the next 18 months. This is a big deal; as Damian says, “engineering is pivotal to all hospital successes.” Improving engineering outcomes has a direct impact on patient care. For example, when engineers in the Department recently reduced the average downtime [due to malfunction] of hospital equipment by 11 days, it meant that more equipment is now readily available to perform the procedures patients need.

Much of this improvement is due to Damian and the engineers’ work to set clear goals, problem solve, and ensure efficient routines in the office. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which the department now employs to track things like completed jobs and operating room activity, play a huge role in the team establishing goals and following through on them.

When something doesn’t go as expected, Damian is quick to problem solve with the engineers: “now we want to interrogate every answer to a question: why? why? Until you have 5 ‘why’s.’” Asking “why” in this way creates space for improvement and positive change.

This desire for interrogation and learning makes sense given that Damian is driven by his love of teaching. “Teaching,” he says, “has always been a passion, whether it’s in a classroom or it is building capability.” Building capacity, both with skills, like computer literacy, or with practice, like implementing routines, is critical to ensuring sustainability, which is one of Damian’s main goals for the program. In his new role at BMC, Damian will continue mentoring members of the department and coordinate future technical trainings.

For a program like this to be sustainable, there must be ownership from the people impacted by the program (e.g. the engineering team at BMC). Thus, when Damian introduces new practices and systems, he does it in close partnership with his team, working to ensure buy-in so that everyone understands, owns, and agrees with the changes. “I am happy that I have been enjoying the very good relationships with most of the engineering staff,” Damian says. He’ll spend time in his position at BMC evaluating adherence to processes and best practices, continuing to raise the department’s performance and service quality. With all the successes that the department has seen over the past two years, Damian is setting high goals for the HTM program. “Hopefully,” he says, “this department and Bugando Hospital can become a real center of excellence in Tanzania and East Africa.”

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