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The history of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI)—Tanzania’s major cancer centre—dates as far back as the colonial times when the institute was a German Government Hospital. ORCI is located along the Indian Ocean, about 200 meters from the beach but before it was named the ORCI, there was a...
Editorial It’s difficult to say something about the campaigns to fight breast cancer in Tanzania without mentioning ‘MEWATA’, the acronym for Medical Women Association of Tanzania—more so, the champions of the association, such as Dr Subilaga Kasesela-Kaganda who passed away this week. Dr Kaganda breathed her last on Wednesday, May 17th...
Uganda’s Social Services Parliamentary Commission, led by Ms Cecilia Barbara (MP), visited the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in Tanzania on Wednesday 12th July 2017, with the aim of borrowing experience from their neighboring country on how to combat heart disease and tackle a wide range of health challenges. Since...
The name, Gustav Giemsa, may not be recalled easily by most doctors in Tanzania but the diagnostic technique, a dye solution which he developed—the Giemsa stain—is highly regarded in medical laboratories in the country;and most doctors are familiar with it. It’s touted as the world's standard diagnostic technique for identifying...
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) on Friday May 25 awarded Sh399, 470,000 in funding to a team of researchers in medicinal chemistry, led by Professor Eliangiringa Kaale from the School of Pharmacy at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The funding, handed over to the researchers...
Dr Marko Hingi Streets don’t give rise to children; yet on many streets in Mwanza and Tanzania in general, a large number of children find their homes in those streets—one would think streets are parents to these children. And, as each day unfolds, the number of these children keeps increasing. The...
Professor Esther Mwaikambo, now aged 77, was (this week) on Wednesday September 2017 presented a distinguished award for being Tanzania’s first female medical doctor. She overcame significant poverty to get an education, and eventually, to become the country’s female medical doctor. Esther traveled to Moscow to do her medical studies...
Editor It’s World Hypertension Day today. Watch medical students from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas) Tanzania as they share their ideas on how to improve awareness on diabetes and hypertension in Tanzania-watch VIDEO Today, Merck, a one of the leading science and technology companies in healthcare, life science...
When you find an Assistant Medical Officer(AMO) doing a job of a doctor, “that means task shifting,’’ says Professor David Mwakusya in a documentary featuring the weaknesses and strengths of AMOs in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region—that was seven years ago. The situation has not changed for the better until...
The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board selected by vote the following 3 candidates to be presented to World Health Assembly as nominees for the post of Director-General of WHO. Get to hear them speak about themselves here: David Nabarro Watch Dr Nabaro speak about himself here, VIDEO. The Government of the...