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Rare Diseases: The Stark Reality In Tanzania And Beyond, The-Way Forward

Imagine being one of the few people in the world with a mysterious illness that no one can diagnose and nowhere to turn for...

Tanzania: HIV Self-test Kits Now Available In Pharmacies. What To Expect

A social media post went viral on WhatsApp recently, leaving people wondering if oral HIV-self testing kits are now commercially available in pharmacies across...

Healthcare should focus on the patient, not just the disease: Tanzanian doctor’s experience

Four years ago when I was at St Kizito Hospital in Mikumi, Morogoro Region, I coordinated outreach screening services for hypertension, diabetes, breast, and...

Why we must rethink our strategies on overhead road bridges

Dar es Salaam is among the cities with highest number of commuters in the country, with the majority of these commuters in the young...

Study: Why some pedestrians avoid overhead road bridges in Dar- es Salaam

Pedestrians in Dar es Salaam risk crossing multiple lanes with heavy traffic on roads despite the presence of overhead bridges, with most of them...

Lost in Tanzania’s digital health system en route to Zambia

John*, a long-distance truck driver and a resident of Dar es Salaam, tested positive for HIV through community outreach screening at Chanika Health Centre...

Tanzania: Vacuum of evidence in medical management of COVID-19

As a medical doctor working in Tanzania—and having been on the frontline in treating COVID-19 patients, I am still preoccupied by memories of what...

The people we shouldn’t leave behind in Tanzania’s ‘health insurance for all’ plan

Three weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my friend's father. As usual in our setup, before last respects and going to the burial...

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