Tanzania

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)

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 non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including the Swedish International Development Agency HIV laboratory, High Performance Liquid Chromatography laboratory, MUHAS genetic laboratory, and numerous departmental laboratories.

MUHAS has partnered with UCSF since 2004 to assist in curriculum development as well as to support several research collaborations in the areas of 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.

Site contact: Dr. Hendry Sawe

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

SUA is a dynamic and growing regional center of research and training excellence based in Morogoro, Tanzania. SUA focuses on zoonotic diseases, public health, HIV, TB, disease surveillance, maternal and child health, and climate change.

SUA has the only veterinary school in Tanzania and has been partnering with UC Davis since 2006. Since then, numerous collaborative grants have expanded the scope and depth of their veterinary research programs, with funding from NIH, United States Agency for International Development, 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 fostering interdisciplinary science.

SUA trainees with mentoring from UC Davis and UCSF faculty have included Master's students, PhD students, and postdocs. SUA's research and training focuses on endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases including brucellosis, influenza, rabies, coronaviruses, tuberculosis (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.

Site contact: Dr. Rudovick Kazwala