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,...
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...
Mosquito-proofing houses using window screens should be prioritised as a malaria control strategy, with new evidence suggesting it could “reduce the global burden” of the disease, experts say. Window screening, the covering of windows or roof space with a material which can allow air flow but prevent entry of insects...
Large-scale food fortification has helped reduce folic acid deficiency among urban women of child-bearing age in Tanzania, a study says. The WHO recommends that pregnant women take an oral supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent maternal anaemia, low-birth babies and birth defects of the brain, spine...
Ever heard of molecular biologists? Dr Deborah Sumari, a research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is one of them. She is now in the news here in Tanzania and beyond, after being named recipient of the prestigious “Africa Oxford Initiative Travel Grant.” She tackles the resistance of malaria parasites by...
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...
Researchers from the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) have found more than 1100 jiggers embedded in the feet and hands of a 78-year-old woman. They have published her case in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. The report is titled: "Disseminated tungiasis in a 78-year-old woman from Tanzania: a case...
Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has unveiled new standards and guidelines for university education, emphasizing, among other things, on the publishing process as a condition for students to graduate in Masters and PHD programmes. TCU’s Executive Secretary Prof Charles Kihampa told local media that the third...
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 recent study has reported progress in the way doctors communicate to patients receiving surgical care at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), however, researchers have recommended a closer follow-up of the patients who are discharged from the facility after undergoing surgery. Findings of the study, which were published in the...