Buguruni Anglican Health Centre has been unable to pay salaries and purchase medications. Three events have come together to create this crisis: (1) Tanzania’s National Health Insurance Fund, by far the largest revenue source for the health center, is three to four months behind in payments and only paid one third of its last payment; (2) an HMO, for which BAHC provided substantial patient care, went bankrupt. The HMO has not paid the $21,000 owed for the care and medicines provided; and (3) in April during the coronavirus pandemic, Tanzania’s president told everyone to stay away from care and take natural herbs. Health visits all over the country are still substantially down because of this and so revenue from patient care is down.
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