Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have found that the annual risk of Tuberculosis (TB) transmission is highest in prisons, followed by public transport vehicles-particularly among drivers in Dar es Salaam. They have adapted a method for identifying TB transmission hotpots in the city using a new technique that...
Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) plans to carry out kidney transplant surgery on 100 patients or more in the year 2018. This follows the hospital’s first ever successful procedure on a 30-year old female school teacher on November 21, 2017; in collaboration with experts from BLK Supper Specialist Hospital of...
For the first time, doctors at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in collaboration with foreign experts, have successfully performed kidney transplant surgery. The Hospital’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr Aminiel Algaesha has informed the media that the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu is expected to...
The prevalence of malaria in Zanzibar is now at 0.003%, said the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP) Deputy Program Manager, Dr Faiza Abbas, during the Tanzania Health Summit held in Dar es Salaam. Since 2010, it has been kept below 1%, she said during the summit on Tuesday November 14. That...
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 years, the two diseases have proved to be of major public health concern, with huge...
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 carved rocks by the shores for which Mwanza is well known, is problem that almost...
The largest-ever data set of malaria prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa has revealed a long-term decline of the Plasmodium falciparum(a malaria causing organism) in sub-Saharan Africa since 1900. The study was published Wednesday October 11 in the Journal Nature. Lead Author, Professor Robert Snow of the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi and...
Some 1,500 people die annually from rabies in the United Republic of Tanzania alone, according to scientific estimates. Official numbers are lower, because many cases are not reported and not all reported cases appear in the official statistics. Most rabies victims are children and dog bites are the main path...
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...
United Nation’s Health Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO) alerts countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs detailed in a report based on national surveys conducted in several countries. The WHO warns that this growing threat could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if...