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 country’s President, John Magufuli, has officially “decided,” according to the Health Minister, Ummy Mwalimu, that...
Despite the high coverage with essential malaria control strategies, such as the use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) and indoor spraying in Zanzibar, elimination of the mosquito-borne disease in the Indian Ocean Archipelago remains elusive. For the past decade, the prevalence of malaria parasites in the Isles has been maintained...
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 and professors; whose commitment to teaching has always been inspiring. I’m grateful for the supervision,...
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 crash and was entrapped in the wreckage. That incident happened only three days after we had...
  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 on health budget planning and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Here in Africa; Ghana and Rwanda are...
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 dioxide data from markets, prisons, night clubs, public transportation, religious and social halls, and from...
Dr Vittorio Msolwa dr.msolwa@gmail.com For the past three decades, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has remained one among the leading causes of morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) in Tanzania, with far reaching social and economic consequences. Today, amid a swirl of competing and complex global concerns, we confront a serious new obstacle, theoppressive weight...
Elsewhere around the world, scientists are deciphering new ways of identifying the genes that are involved in human disease. This has also helped in developing better strategies for detecting, treating and preventing diseases. Through the use of what is known as  Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS), the scientists are trying to...
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 than it can employ-study Firstly, the doctors can be sensitised so that they form associations or...
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. Date of birth is 19th February 2017. The child is alive now, as I write. She...