Progress on health is not good enough for Africa’s children

By Dr Magdalene Kuria and Mr Nathan Mulure We write as two doctors deeply frustrated by the failure of our continent to save more children and babies. We both work in East Africa, one at an...

Doctors are quitting district hospitals in Tanzania.Times have changed, tactics must change

Dr Nathanael Sirili, MD, MSc drnsirili@gmail.com For many years, Tanzania has endeavored to tackle challenges related to Human Resource for Health (HRH), however, the emphasis has been on increasing the number of doctors and therefore flooding...

If you see an accident victim in Mwanza, don’t take photos, call 114

By Marko Hingi and Josephat A Wangwe Before the era of smartphones, certain scenarios were unthinkable but now they are real. Imagine this. That a motor traffic accident occurs somewhere in the city and a...

School children; growing ‘tiny targets’ of the tobacco industry in Africa

Dr Syriacus Buguzi Cape Town. As the World Unites for a Tobacco Free Generation at a global conference in Cape Town, South Africa, reports show the tobacco industry is also investing heavily in the counter...

Cancer War; Is Tanzania Fighting in the Dark?

Tanzania urgently needs a population-based cancer registry, which systematically captures data and complete details of patients across the country. The lack of this registry, according to experts, has been undermining national efforts to plan...

Why I wish Tanzania had a population-based Cancer Registry today

Dr Chris Peterson @petersonchris sonchrispeter@gmail.com For a long time, I have looked at cancer statistics in Tanzania and paused. Yet, at times I wonder if indeed the data therein paint a true picture of the country’s...

Medical malpractice fueled by greed and unregulated system

By Professor Zul Premji Close friends with medical problems still seek my advice – thanks to digitalization. Recently, someone sent me the picture of an 18-year-old’s big toe: an infected in-growing toenail requiring a minor...

Why limit medical specialists to regional, zonal hospitals?

Prof Zulfiqarali Premji It’s very comforting to learn that the Health Ministry is seriously thinking of placing medical specialists at regional and zonal hospitals. (See The Citizen, December 16, 2017). This is indeed a...

What the public must know about spread of TB in Dar es Salaam

Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have identified places in Dar es Salaam where TB is highly transmissible using a new technique to identify the hotspots. The researchers did this by collecting indoor carbon...

It means a lot for Tanzania; this Tokyo historic event on universal health coverage

Dr Samuel Ogillo, CEO of APHTA Greetings from Tokyo. Today, December 14, we are witnessing major commitments by the international community to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030. In the room, at Tokyo Prince Hotel, we have...

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