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...
The Tanzania Medical Journal (TMJ) TMJ is the official journal of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT). Currently, it is under the administrative support of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). It is an East-African Centric, peer-reviewed journal with significant emphasis on supporting the dissemination of medical knowledge...
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...
. Researchers are carrying out a study to establish the complexities behind babies who are born without signs of life (stillbirths) in Mwanza Region, Tanzania. The study, which seeks to find ways of preventing stillbirths and addressing related social and psychological challenges, is targeting community members and healthcare staff in...
Tanzania can effectively address maternal health challenges through use of relevant and well-managed data collected from hospitals, a study published in PlosOne suggests. Currently, most data used to gauge Tanzania’s performance in maternal health improvement (maternal mortality ratio), is obtained from population surveys and housing census. However, researchers who carried...
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...
A recent study has reported progress in the way doctors communicate to patients receiving surgical care at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), however, researchers have recommended a closer follow-up of the patients who are discharged from the facility after undergoing surgery. Findings of the study, which were published in the...
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...
Ever heard of molecular biologists? Dr Deborah Sumari, a research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is one of them. She is now in the news here in Tanzania and beyond, after being named recipient of the prestigious “Africa Oxford Initiative Travel Grant.” She tackles the resistance of malaria parasites by...
The demand and willingness to buy insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) could increase coverage in malaria-endemic areas in Tanzania, a new study by researchers from Tanzania and the United States says. In Tanzania, it is still challenging to achieve the WHO recommendation of every two household members having a bed net in...