Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: MUHAS is the leading public higher learning institution for medical sciences in Tanzania, training over 85% of the country’s physicians, other clinicians, and public health specialists. MUHAS has robust research infrastructure that facilitates high-impact research and training. MUHAS’s well-equipped and quality controlled research laboratories support basic, clinical, and translational research in infectious and NCDs, including the SIDA HIV laboratory, HLPC laboratory, MUHAS genetic laboratory, and numerous departmental laboratories. MUHAS has partnership with UCSF since 2004 to assist in curriculum development, as well as several research collaborations including HIV, NCDs, emergency medicine, sickle cell disease, and cancer. GloCal fellows at MUHAS have improved management and outcomes of individuals with sickle cell and HIV, investigated lymphocyte phenotypes in children with sickle cell anemia, and conducted a detailed investigation of genetic patterns in sickle cell patients with extreme fetal hemoglobin levels. MUHAS will continue to offer research opportunities focused on sickle cell and HIV complications, and interventions for primary prevention.
Site contact: Dr. Hendry Sawe
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania
SUA is a dynamic and growing regional center of research and training excellence based in Morogoro, Tanzania. SUA has the only veterinary school in Tanzania and has been partnered with UCD since 2006. Since then, numerous collaborative grants have expanded the scope and depth of their veterinary research programs, with funding from NIH, USAID, and foundations. The Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) field station in Iringa, Tanzania, is located at the edge of an ecosystem where rural livelihoods in pastoral villages abut the largest national park in Africa. SUA faculty collaborate with researchers at the National Institute of Medical Research in Dar es Salaam, the Ifakara Health Institute in Bagomoyo and Ifakara, and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, fostering interdisciplinary science. Current SUA trainees with mentoring from UCD and UCSF faculty include seven Master’s, three PhD students, and five postdocs. SUA’s research and training focuses on endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases including brucellosis, influenza, rabies, coronaviruses, TB, and Rift Valley fever in populations where HIV is prevalent. The potential for new research in Tanzania is expansive and the collaborative global network that centers on SUA as a regional hub of excellence in the environmental, agricultural, social, and health sciences has grown rapidly in recent years, positioning SUA for success in interdisciplinary health research and innovation. SUA will focus on zoonotic diseases, public health, HIV, TB, disease surveillance, maternal and child health, and climate change.
Site contact: Dr. Rudovick Kazwala