Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has made a valuable contribution of IT equipment worth 42.3 million Tanzanian shillings to the Disaster Management Department of the Prime Minister's Office in Dodoma, with the purpose of supporting the government's efforts to combat disasters in the country.
The Director of the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, Research, Technology Transfer, and Consultancy at SUA, Professor Esron Karimuribo, handed over the equipment to the Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Department under the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Charles Msangi, at the Prime Minister's Office in Dodoma on Monday, February 13, 2023.
The donation included a 'Server', a 'Call Center', and eight desktop computers that will strengthen the Digital Communication System during disasters, especially those caused by disease outbreaks and other events that may harm the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
Prof. Esron Karimuribo stated that since 2021, the Sokoine University of Agriculture, through its SACIDS Foundation for One Health, has been collaborating with the Prime Minister's Office, the Disaster Management Department, and the One Health Coordination Unit to create a Collaborative Digital Communication Platform.
The main aim of the Collaborative platform is to enhance the national capacity to identify and involve relevant stakeholders in time to control events and indicators of disease outbreaks and other events that may harm human, animal, and environmental health, according to Prof. Esron Karimuribo.
Professor Karimuribo, (second from right), is seen in this photo handing over IT equipment to Mr. Charles Msangi, (who is wearing a tie)
For his part, the Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Department under the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Charles Msangi, expressed his gratitude towards SUA for the support they provided, which will enable them to deal with disasters using modern technology. He added that they will test the devices for about two months before officially launching the system.
This contribution is a demonstration of SUA's commitment to supporting the government's efforts to strengthen disaster management and improve public health in Tanzania. The equipment will enable the Disaster Management Department to respond more quickly and effectively during disasters and disease outbreaks, ultimately helping to save lives and protect the environment.
Credit to Winfrida Nicolaus from SUAMEDIA for contributing to the reporting of this story.