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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...

NEWBOOK: Tanzanian-born professor of Indian origin and malaria guru recounts memories in medical practice, rural experience

Zul Premji, born 67 years ago in Iringa, Southern Tanzania, is a scientist who has seen the highs and lows of the country’s health...

Meet ‘HIV friends’ who share cards for life-saving benefits in Tanzania

If not for a friendship card that he exchanged with a newly found pal, Mr Paul Aloyce says he could have missed a clinic...

Impact of ‘data darkness’ and why WHO wants Tanzania to report COVID-19 cases

After many months of refuting the existence of COVID-19 in Tanzania, the country's Ministry of Health has finally acknowledged and directly urged precautions against...

Tanzania: What future holds for healthcare in a middle income country

On Wednesday July 1st last year, we woke up to the news that Tanzania had become a lower-middle-income country. The World Bank (WB) announced...

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: a threat to public health achievements

Global reports about development and deployment of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, have been received with mixed feelings. News about vaccines should...

Why short-term projects aren’t a good idea for addressing NCDs in Tanzania

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,...

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