Continuing Professional Development in Tanzania

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs offers health care workers the chance to continue to improve performance, develop, maintain and update knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to provide safe, ethical, legal, and effective care to patients, clients and the community.

In line with the PEPFAR Human Resources for Health Strategy, countries are prioritizing efforts toward creating a sustained supply of trained healthcare workers by assessing needs, developing supply strategies, improving recruitment and retention, establishing sustainable financing, and improving performance at the site level in order to achieve national 90-90-90 targets.

I-TECH, in partnership with Ministry of Health of Tanzania, has developed a National Policy to provide guidance and regulate continuing professional development activities in country. The National CPD Framework aims to standardize training requirements for health care workers across the country in order to ensure their continuous improvement of skills, knowledge and competencies to provide quality health care services.

Beyond its own national efforts, Tanzania also partners within the sub-Saharan region to strengthen CPD regionally. Through its collaboration in the Treatment Research and Expert Education (TREE) Project, I-TECH conducted a landscape analysis of continuing professional development of health care workers in Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. This project was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the goal of obtaining a practical understanding of priority CPD needs, especially concerning HIV and TB care delivery in these three focus countries.