By Dr Joel Msafiri Francis joelmf@hsph.harvard.edu Only a few studies from sub-Saharan Africa have investigated the alcohol concentration found in local brews and this has led to substantial uncertainty over the alcohol levels consumed by people who are fond of the locally brewed beer. In Tanzania, we are aware of two studies...
Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations have agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly. In a joint statement, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Norwegian Research Council,...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) say the efforts to eliminate malaria would finally yield good results if more investment is put in curbing the remaining burden of malaria in rural Tanzania which is now attributed to one unique mosquito species, called anopheles funestus. The researchers have called for...
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...
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...
For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with a specific list of resistant bacteria that no longer respond to current antibiotics on the market. The WHO says that the bacteria causing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), gonorrhea and food poisoning are some of bugs drawn from 12...
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...
A rare disease affecting the eyes and mouth was diagnosed in a 31 year old man in Mwanza but medical experts fear there could be more patients with this condition, as "most doctors could be failing to diagnose the  ailment  correctly.’’ Known as Behçet’s Disease (BD), the condition has no...
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...