Despite the high coverage with essential malaria control strategies, such as the use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) and indoor spraying in Zanzibar, elimination of the mosquito-borne disease in the Indian Ocean Archipelago remains elusive. For the past decade, the prevalence of malaria parasites in the Isles has been maintained...
Elsewhere around the world, scientists are deciphering new ways of identifying the genes that are involved in human disease. This has also helped in developing better strategies for detecting, treating and preventing diseases. Through the use of what is known as  Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS), the scientists are trying to...
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...
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...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have identified places in Dar es Salaam where TB is highly transmissible using a new technique to identify the hotspots. The researchers did this by collecting indoor carbon dioxide data from markets, prisons, night clubs, public transportation, religious and social halls, and from...
Dr Julius Kessy juliuskessy45617@gmail.com As I approach the end of my five years of intensive training in medical school, I’m greatly indebted, first, to my parents who have imparted to me the love of learning—my lecturers, doctors and professors; whose commitment to teaching has always been inspiring. I’m grateful for the supervision,...
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...
Dr Marko Hingi marko@tanzaniaruralhealth.info On a sunny afternoon in early December 2015 we got a notification on our mobile phones that a driver — somewhere on Makongoro Road in Mwanza city — got into a road crash and was entrapped in the wreckage. That incident happened only three days after we had...
  By Professor Angwara Kiwara angwarakiwara@yahoo.com In the ongoing efforts to ensure professional and quality healthcare delivery for all citizens, Tanzania can borrow a leaf from Vietnam and Thailand; two of the countries that harbor success stories on health budget planning and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Here in Africa; Ghana and Rwanda are...