As sub-Saharan African countries grapple with the rising trend of diabetes, new estimates suggest that the cost associated with the disease could more than double and may reach up to US$59.3 billion per year by 2030. This is, if type 2 diabetes cases continue to increase, new report by The...
Tanzanian Biochemist, Ms Lina Finda and research scientist at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has designed low cost repellent sandals treated with chemical agents known as Transfluthrin which can help people keep away from mosquito bites. The sandals are still on pilot for two years. Ms Lina Finda, who trained...
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...
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 30-year old man is left lying in pain as he screams on the road; for...
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...
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...
There is a growing thirst for health information among the public in Tanzania. This seems to have jolted health professionals into action, creating platforms that provide the info in various ways. Medical students too, have not been left out in the crusade, Medico PRESS has established. Just last month (January 28),...
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...
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...
For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with a specific list of resistant bacteria that no longer respond to current antibiotics on the market. The WHO says that the bacteria causing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), gonorrhea and food poisoning are some of bugs drawn from 12...