The Korea Foundation for International Health (KOFIH) is a public organization affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea.
As a leading organization specializing in healthcare support, KOFIH provides government-level assistance to partner countries, including Tanzania, and manages the Memorial Project in honor of the late Dr LEE Jong-wook ( 6th Director-General of WHO)
The Dr LEE Jong-wook Fellowship Program is a global training program that aims to build the capacity of health personnel in partner countries through systematic and practical education and training in health and medicine.
This training program was launched in 2009 and has so far invited 127 Tanzanian health workers to Korea for different training programs such as clinical experts, health policy and administration, health research specialists. diseases and senior officials.
In addition, the KOFIH Global Alumni Association (KGA) continues to network among fellows and provide feedback on training outcomes through post-training activities.
Besides the invitation-only program, KOFIH also runs a local training program for biomedical engineers and technicians in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
The objective of this local training is to improve the maintenance capacity of medical equipment, which is an essential element for the management of safety and quality of care.
In 2020, this training program trained 169 trainees from 108 institutions in different regions of Tanzania. This training program will resume in October 2021 and plans to train 30 trainees from 24 health establishments.
This year, KOFIH introduced new training programs for infectious disease specialists such as infectious disease policy, epidemiology, diagnosis and clinical treatment course.
This program aims to strengthen capacities for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in partner countries. Three Tanzanian experts from the National Public Health Laboratory returned after completing the policy, diagnosis and epidemiology course last September.
As the world faces a global pandemic, feeding these health care experts will help build capacity to respond to infectious diseases and help improve health care in Tanzania, added Seungrae Ha, the representative. national office of KOFIH in Tanzania.
Edna Mgimba of the National Public Health Laboratory who took a course in infectious disease diagnostics says she learned how Korea responded to COVID-19 through 3T which is Trace, Test and Treat.
There are many screening and testing sites across the country, effective use of the technology in diagnosing infectious diseases, preventing transmission through mass testing / screening and she learned how the government supports health facilities. public and private health.
She also added that she had learned how other countries were battling infectious diseases aside from COVID-19 as well.
As a global partner to contribute to the advancement of health care, KOFIH will remain committed to expanding cooperation with Tanzania for capacity building in the health sector.