500 doctors to Kenya: How TZ starves in the middle of plenty

By Dr Samwel Ogillo, CEO, APHFTA It was ironic to hear in the local media that our beloved country, Tanzania, is going to generously offer a helping hand to its neighbor, Kenya, by offering at least...

Doctors’ joblessness in TZ: Reflections on how to harness the private sector

Dr Nathanael Sirili, MD, MSc. drnsirili@gmail.com The private health sector in Tanzania can be boosted so that it creates job opportunities for medical doctors who cannot be recruited in government-run health facilities. Read: Tanzania trains more doctors...

Doctor:I’ve diagnosed a rare case of girl- born-without-legs-and-arms in Tanzania

Dr Hamad Nyembea nyembeah@gmail.com For the first time, I have diagnosed Tetra-Amelia Syndrome in a female child aged about two months; who was born through Caesarian Section (CS) at Singida Regional Hospital in Tanzania, East Africa....

Time for universities to wake up, save students from risk of lifestyle diseases

Dr Omary Chillo chillo@ths.or.tz Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have long been associated with the elderly population; however, preliminary findings of my study on this aspect in Tanzania have shown that the young, educated population also faces...

On pregnancy and physical fitness, here’s what I would tell every woman

Dr Omary Chillo, MD, PhD chillo@ths.or.tz www.ths.or.tz Twitter: @ChilloThs During pregnancy, women develop several changes in their body functioning (physiology) due to the significant amount of hormones they release to their unborn offspring (foetuses). In connection with this, researchers...

To Young Doctors and Medical Students in Tanzania; Why Did We Choose Medicine?

Dr Julius Kessy juliuskessy45617@gmail.com As I approach the end of my five years of intensive training in medical school, I’m greatly indebted, first, to my parents who have imparted to me the love of learning—my lecturers,...

Doctors’ employment paradox in Tanzania: the-5- unanswered-questions: Dr Kijo-Bisimba

A prominent human rights defender in Tanzania, Dr Hellen Kijo-Bisimba, has raised five key questions on the government’s motive to immediately put on payroll 258 doctors who had been shortlisted for jobs in Kenya. The...

Lessons Tanzania must pick from Vietnam, Thailand on Universal Health Coverage-Prof Kiwara

  By Professor Angwara Kiwara angwarakiwara@yahoo.com In the ongoing efforts to ensure professional and quality healthcare delivery for all citizens, Tanzania can borrow a leaf from Vietnam and Thailand; two of the countries that harbor success stories...

Cure and care beyond social class: A tale of Mwanza city’s Achilles’ heel

Dr Nyambura Moremi nyamburasogone@gmail.com Set on the pristine shores and the blue waters of Lake Victoria, is Tanzania’s second largest city, Mwanza; fondly known to the locals as “The Rock City.” But, underlying the good-looking and naturally...

Death before arrival: How Tanzania can use software to save lives on the roads

Dr Marko Hingi marko@tanzaniaruralhealth.info On a sunny afternoon in early December 2015 we got a notification on our mobile phones that a driver — somewhere on Makongoro Road in Mwanza city — got into a road...

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