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

Steven Redwood

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 healthcare and promoting health access in sub-Saharan Africa. 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 multifaceted challenges facing health systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
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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.

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 saving lives and relieving human suffering in sub-Saharan Africa. For over 15 years, we have been improving access to care and supporting healthcare workforces in sub-Saharan Africa. 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


If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that healthcare workers, when equitably distributed, make all the difference in saving lives. Unfortunately, they are in short supply around the world, and, more specifically, in sub-Saharan Africa. Touch Foundation has been working for over 15 years to train more and effectively allocate existing healthcare workers in Tanzania and other nearby countries. Unfortunately, a limited health workforce, paired with limited funds to pay healthcare workers, poses severe challenges to equitable care.

With our data-driven Prioritization and Optimization Analysis (POA) tool, also known as WISN+POA, we are supporting the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to solve this problem. Every year, the Government assigns healthcare workers to health facilities around the country, an oftentimes arduous and complex task. With a deficit of healthcare workers to begin with, Government staff need to be especially careful about where to place the healthcare workers who are available. We began collaborating with them in 2015 to make this process more effective. POA is an online tool that uses data to make suggestions on healthcare worker placement based on the healthcare workers available, the amount of need at certain health facilities, and the funds available to pay them.

Excitingly, we just released the beta version of POA that includes additional cadres and district hospitals, making the process even more user-friendly for members of the GoT, which is key to both equitable healthcare access and sustainability of the tool. The WISN+POA beta version was tested in a workshop attended by GoT representatives from different ministries to incorporate any final feedback. Following the workshop, we spoke with GoT staff members to get their thoughts on the update ahead of the official release later this year. Juma Mabrouk, the Human Resource for Health Coordinator at the President’s Office of Regional Administration and Local Governance (PO-RALG) was kind enough to provide a few words on his thoughts about POA, its importance for the GoT, and our collaborations. Here is what he said!

“WISN+POA is fantastic! It is hugely beneficial for the Government of Tanzania (GoT) as it enables the GoT to easily make data-driven decisions about distribution of new and existing healthcare workers where they are needed most across Tanzania.

At PO-RALG, the process for allocation of HRH is very strenuous on our staff and the WISN+POA system automates a lot of the manual processes which can make life much easier for staff and allow them to focus on other important activities within the HRH Planning Process.

The new functionalities incorporated within the WISN+POA system is great, especially the homepage, as it provides a snapshot of the national shortage of health care workers and it can also provide details at the LGA and Facility level.

On behalf of PO RALG (Health), we really appreciate the tireless work and contribution that Touch Foundation are undertaking to ensure the WISN+POA system is successful and sustainable for the foreseeable future.”

We’re excited to continue working with Mr. Mabrouk and all our government partners to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the healthcare workers they need.

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