Partnerships & Stakeholders
Our achievements in the development of children's cancer services in Tanzania thus far, have been made possible through the support of a number of key stakeholders;
The children and families in our care who constantly guide our progress.
Our We Are TLM sister NGOs in Ireland and the UK.
The Government of Tanzania, through the Ministry of Health and our partnering centres nationwide.
Other medical and educational facilities and experts, many from Ireland and others from across Europe,
America and Africa (especially Tanzania).
The public, private and NGOs, in Tanzania and internationally.
As the scope of our childhood cancer service provision in Tanzania grows, so does our need for support. In short, the more children we are able to reach and cure, the more expensive and complex the programme becomes. Although competition for funding is fierce in the non-profit area, we believe that the institutional partnerships and connections we continue to build give us a strong platform from which to secure sustainable funding and powerful partnerships. We wish to increasingly share the opportunity to positively change the narrative of childhood cancer in Tanzania.
We have many different types of donors including individuals, schools, clubs, foundations and private companies. Some have assisted us on one occasion but many are our lifelong friends offering annual or more frequent support. Support is generated through initiatives including fundraising events, monthly direct debits, in-kind collections, grant applications and as part of corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Partnerships governed mostly by Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) that will continue throughout the duration of our nationwide expansion include:
1. ‘MNH & We Are TLM’ – TLM has an MoU agreement with MNH whereby we incur no rental costs for all onsite facilities. We Are TLM, through various donors, supported the construction of two Paediatric Oncology wards (Upendo and Tumaini), a home away from home family hostel (Ujasiri House), TLM offices, doctor’s offices and restroom, conference room, store and procedure room, nurses/ doctor lounge, skills room, playroom/classroom and a kitchen. All these facilities are continuously maintained by We Are TLM and MNH.
2. ‘We Are TLM & Partner Centres – TLM establishes MoUs with all centres supporting the provision of Paediatric Oncology in Tanzania. These agreements identify the responsibilities and sharing of resources between partners centres.
3. ‘We Are TLM, Ministry of Health, MNH and ORCI’ – These actors are the main players in the fight to provide free childhood cancer treatment for all in Tanzania. We Are TLM, MNH & ORCI coordinate joint efforts toward this goal. The Ministry of Health offer invaluable support and direction.
4. ‘We Are TLM & OLCHC’ - From the beginning, OLCHC has been central to our success by offering specialist opinion and services as We Are TLM have been building local capacity. We would not be where we are today without the amazing input from almost every department in this special hospital.
5. ‘We Are TLM & Donors’ – We Are TLM have MoUs with various national and international donors for the implementation of various operational projects as agreed with the donor. The MoU timeframe will depend on the duration of a particular project.
6. ‘We Are TLM & Suppliers’ – We Are TLM have MoUs with various suppliers specifically for the supply of chemotherapy drugs and other products and services.
7. Our US partners ‘Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc.’ (IMA World Health), although governed by different bodies (similar to We Are TLM Ireland and UK) and registered separately, work in tandem with We Are TLM sharing our mission, but primarily focusing on fundraising and
Alliances and collaborations
1. We Are TLM has facilitated and manages a formal ESTHER approved partnership between MNH and OLCHC. The ESTHER alliance is a parastatal European body facilitating formal twinning programmes between European health institutions and African counterparts17. This has unlocked a vast array of support and resources from Ireland including but not limited to: twice weekly sub-specialist reviews of pathology specimens; assistance in the foundation of local services, resource support and remote authorisation/supervision of specialist haematology investigations; expert visits; clinical engineering support and surgical specialist camps.
2. ‘Operation Childlife’ – a children’s surgical organisation is one of the most important NGO partners we have, providing lifesaving surgery and surgical skills development multi-annually to children with cancer in Tanzania for over 10 years.
We Are TLM develop alliances with other international networks, international and local organisations with a view to strengthening our operations but without the requirement of a formal agreement.
2. The Rotary Clubs of Dar es Salaam banded together over 3 years to fundraise, design and to build the beautiful Upendo & Tumaini wards at MNH. They have helped us with many smaller projects over the years and remain a hugely valuable partner.
3. In 2018, we began an alliance with Nafasi Art Space, a local NGO with whom
we organize patient and parent psychosocial visits, children’s workshops and performances.
Nafasi Art Space is a vibrant art centre, academy, gallery, venue and organisation with whom
we bring our annual Tumaini La Maisha Festival to life attended by hundreds of supporters every year.
4. The Lions Clubs of Dar es Salaam have supported We Are TLM with frequent blood drives,
in-kind donations, volunteer hours and weekly hospital visits for a number of years.
We Are TLM are most grateful for their continued support and collaboration.
Current memberships include:
SIOP - a medical association that is dedicated to increasing knowledge about childhood cancer internationally.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a membership based, non-governmental organization that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer.
The International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations (ICCCPO)- is a worldwide umbrella organisation of parent groups of children with cancer. These are bodies that govern and direct Childhood Cancer International (CCI).
In Europe, we have ongoing collaborative programmes with a growing number of medical institutions such as OLCHC, Beaumont Hospital and the RCSI – all in Dublin; and with the Children’s Cancer Research Institute in Vienna, Austria. We are actively developing vitally important clinical trials with a number of Universities including Oxford, Birmingham and University College Dublin. In the US, the University of Arizona has officially listed us as an intern partner for those students undertaking an MSc in Public Health.