Scientists in Tanzania have discovered a new kind of bacterium which was causing sporadic outbreaks of infections among newly born babies at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza region. The new bacterial species, which has been named Enterobacter bugandensis, poses a high risk of death due to high infection rates...
By Gemma Todd Research Scientist, IHI At Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), we recognise the changing burden of disease and its geography. A team of researchers at IHI have been conducting analysis on urban health in Tanzania alongside the Institute of Health Equity, UCL, and recently completed a research report on ‘Creating Healthy...
About 12 per cent of HIV patients in rural Tanzania, aged above 15, were found to have high blood pressure at the time of diagnosis, a new study in the Plos One Journal shows. Read original study here: Incidence and risk factors for hypertension among HIV patients in rural Tanzania...
Researchers say there is need to explore the market for the recommended first-line medicines for treating uncomplicated malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa — also known as  Artemisinin Combination Therapy(ACT); which are mainly distributed by the private sector. In a study published in the Malaria Journal (25 May), the researchers examined the...
Pharmacists at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas) say they now have preliminary evidence proving that Octopus Soup—popular in Tanzania as Supu ya Pweza—can indeed boost sexual desire in males. However, the study whose findings have not yet been published in any science journal, was carried out in...
The largest-ever data set of malaria prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa has revealed a long-term decline of the Plasmodium falciparum(a malaria causing organism) in sub-Saharan Africa since 1900. The study was published Wednesday October 11 in the Journal Nature. Lead Author, Professor Robert Snow of the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi and...
First, on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, a title: The history of Zika Virus includes a statement that reads, “In 1952, the first cases…detected in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania in a study demonstrating the presence of neutralizing antibodies to Zika virus in sera.” But on Dec...
A smartphone application known as the “Safe Delivery App (SDA), has been introduced in Tanzania. It has already been tested in Ethiopia and found to work, see VIDEO here. When it is rolled out across the country, birth attendants will be able to download the App from Google Play and...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have found that the annual risk of Tuberculosis (TB) transmission is highest in prisons, followed by public transport vehicles-particularly among drivers in Dar es Salaam. They have adapted a method for identifying TB transmission hotpots in the city using a new technique that...
Large-scale food fortification has helped reduce folic acid deficiency among urban women of child-bearing age in Tanzania, a study says. The WHO recommends that pregnant women take an oral supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent maternal anaemia, low-birth babies and birth defects of the brain, spine...