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...
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 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...
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...
Dr Nathanael Sirili, MD, MSc drnsirili@gmail.com For many years, Tanzania has endeavored to tackle challenges related to Human Resource for Health (HRH), however, the emphasis has been on increasing the number of doctors and therefore flooding the market with medics as a way of curbing shortages across the country. The question that...
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...
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...
The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed with the Council of Governors (CoG) will see the lowest-paid doctor (intern) earn Ksh206, 989, including allowances, says BD’s report. In Tanzanian money, that’s around Sh 4, 462,830. This follows news that doctors in public hospitals in Kenya on Thursday inked a deal with...
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...
  Those considered CRITICAL in terms of Research and Development for new antibiotics Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing Acinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistant Six are considered to be of high priority: Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin-intermediate and resistant Helicobacter pylori, clarithromycin-resistant several species of Campylobacter, fluoroquinolone-resistant Salmonellae, fluoroquinolone-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae,...