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First, on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, a title: The history of Zika Virus includes a statement that reads, “In 1952, the first cases…detected in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania in a study demonstrating the presence of neutralizing antibodies to Zika virus in sera.” But on Dec...
Competency‐based education must be considered in training clinicians after a study raised concerns over skills gaps among recent medical graduates in nine countries, including Tanzania. The study published in the Journal of  Tropical Medicine and International Health, warns that the quality of medical education may weaken further due to...
A rare disease affecting the eyes and mouth was diagnosed in a 31 year old man in Mwanza but medical experts fear there could be more patients with this condition, as "most doctors could be failing to diagnose the  ailment  correctly.’’ Known as Behçet’s Disease (BD), the condition has no...
By Dr Joel Msafiri Francis joelmf@hsph.harvard.edu Only a few studies from sub-Saharan Africa have investigated the alcohol concentration found in local brews and this has led to substantial uncertainty over the alcohol levels consumed by people who are fond of the locally brewed beer. In Tanzania, we are aware of two studies...
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...
A digital tool, known as AfyaData, which was developed by researchers at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania can enable people in communities report patients suspected of contracting infectious diseases such as Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Marburg and cholera. The App is available for free download on Google Play...
  Measures to improve health workers’ behavior and supply of protective gears are urgently needed at health facilities in Tanzania to curb the spread of novel coronavirus, says a study which warns health systems against becoming breeding grounds of infectious diseases. Researchers who carried out the study in 18 regions...
By Ernest Nyoni Dar es Salaam. There is need for increased awareness on proper handling of safe drinking water among Mwanza city residents, a new study published in the Tanzania Journal of Health Research has suggested. World Health Organization (WHO) says 88 percent of diarrheal diseases are attributed to drinking unsafe water,...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) say the efforts to eliminate malaria would finally yield good results if more investment is put in curbing the remaining burden of malaria in rural Tanzania which is now attributed to one unique mosquito species, called anopheles funestus. The researchers have called for...
About 12 per cent of HIV patients in rural Tanzania, aged above 15, were found to have high blood pressure at the time of diagnosis, a new study in the Plos One Journal shows. Read original study here: Incidence and risk factors for hypertension among HIV patients in rural Tanzania...