Dr Nathanael Sirili, MD, MSc. drnsirili@gmail.com The private health sector in Tanzania can be boosted so that it creates job opportunities for medical doctors who cannot be recruited in government-run health facilities. Read: Tanzania trains more doctors than it can employ-study Firstly, the doctors can be sensitised so that they form associations or...
A prominent human rights defender in Tanzania, Dr Hellen Kijo-Bisimba, has raised five key questions on the government’s motive to immediately put on payroll 258 doctors who had been shortlisted for jobs in Kenya. The country’s President, John Magufuli, has officially “decided,” according to the Health Minister, Ummy Mwalimu, that...
The history of resistance to antimalarials in Africa is not a happy one. At one time, chloroquine was the leading recommended treatment against malaria. Resistance to this medicine first emerged in Southeast Asia in the late 1950s, and then spread to Africa over the next 30 years, devastating the...
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,...
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...
  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...
Dr Vittorio Msolwa dr.msolwa@gmail.com For the past three decades, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has remained one among the leading causes of morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) in Tanzania, with far reaching social and economic consequences. Today, amid a swirl of competing and complex global concerns, we confront a serious new obstacle, theoppressive weight...
Tanzania is one of the 13 top priority African countries earmarked by World Health Organization (WHO) for interventions on novel coronavirus due to the country’s direct links or high volume of travel to China; where an outbreak of the disease named COVID-19 first emerged and has continued to spread...
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...
Background Religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and faith communities can play a major role in saving lives and reducing illness related to COVID-19. They are a primary source of support, comfort, guidance, and direct health care and social service, for the communities they serve. Religious leaders of faith-based organizations and communities...