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Streets don’t give rise to children; yet on many streets in Mwanza and Tanzania in general, a large number of children find their homes in those streets—one would think streets are parents to these children. And, as each day...
When I read about the new review by British specialists; which urges doctors to stop telling their patients to finish an entire course of antibiotics, the first thing I imagined was the impact this message would have on the...
Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have long been associated with the elderly population; however, preliminary findings of my study on this aspect in Tanzania have shown that the young, educated population also faces a high risk of the lifestyle-related diseases...
People afflicted with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cancer need long-term health interventions, however, in most low- and middle-income countries; including Tanzania, projects designed to address such diseases at community level are often short-term. This calls for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
For many years in Tanzania, eggs have been touted as some of the most nutritious foods, however, according to Professor Japhet Killewo, a renowned epidemiologist, eating eggs must not go unchecked. He uses this scenario and many others in...