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Health Sector Programme Support 

Denmark has been a partner in the Tanzania health sector for several years and enjoyed the longstanding collaboration with the partners in the sector. Since 1996, the support has been provided through the long-term Health Sector Programme Support (HSPS). The current fifth phase of HSPS running from 2015-2019/20 continues a number of strategic elements and achievements of the previous efforts. The aim of the HSPS V is to improve the health and well-being of the poorest sections of the Tanzanian society by strengthening national systems to enhance the delivery of and equal access to quality health services for all.


The Danish support to health in Tanzania is divided in six engagements namely the Health Basket Fund and five Public Private Partnerships. The HSPS phase V has a total budget of DKK 550 million of which DKK 50 million are un-allocated. A part of the DKK 50 million will be programmed for health sector support on Zanzibar to continue the previous program ending in June 2017.

Health Basket Fund (HBF)

The major part of the Danish funds is channeled through the Health Basket Fund to support Tanzania’s Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP IV). Denmark was one of the founding partners of the HBF in 1999 and continued the support ever since. The HBF provides pooled donor funds to the health sector in Mainland Tanzania and is regarded as the most effective and aligned way of supporting the Government of Tanzania’s (GoT) efforts of improving the overall health in Tanzania. The engagement seeks to improve access to quality primary health care services for the poor.

The budget for the Health Basket Fund is DKK 300 million.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

Denmark provides targeted support to strengthen the cooperation between public and private partners, with the aim of stimulating and increasing the private sector’s active involvement in promoting access, availability and quality in health services. A large and growing share of health care provision is undertaken by the private sector. PPP targets institutions that enhance responsive and equitable health care provision with a strong public health focus, rather than profit-driven privatization.  In HSPS phase V, Denmark supports Sikika, Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST) and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT).

The budget for the Public Private Partnership is DKK 200 million.