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...

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,...

Rwanda: Teenage pregnancy and why the picture is still gloomy

By Sharon Kantengwa Rwanda’s Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) in partnership with the Ministry of Education regularly conduct campaigns against teenage pregnancies. But, in many cases, those responsible for impregnating the girls are not...

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...

Zika: We must be ready for the long haul

By Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO On 1 February 2016, I declared that the Zika outbreak sweeping through the Americas was a public health emergency of international concern. That was not an easy call. But...

Fighting TB in the midst of diabetes: which way for Tanzania?

By Anneth-Mwasi Tumbo atumbo@ihi.or.tz Tuberculosis (TB) and Diabetes Mellitus(DM) have come to be known as two diseases that are associated. This poses a major challenge to the measures being taken globally to eradicate one of them: Tuberculosis . Over the...

Screening sickle cell at birth: Surest way to rescue Tanzanians from complications, death

Dr Deogratius Soka zemkombozi@gmail.com Through my experience in taking care of patients with Sickle Cell Disease(SCD), I have come across a number of cases of people who report to the hospital with irreversible, and at times,...

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...

My 10 years in public health at the World Health Organisation:Dr Chan

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO Today we begin the launch of “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” – a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that I have served as...

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...

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