Health Systems, Impact Evaluation and Policy

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Ifakara scientist explains why ending Tuberculosis requires better diagnostics

Ending tuberculosis through better diagnostics Author: Dr. Frederick Haraka, MD Yes, to end tuberculosis (TB), we need better diagnostic tools! TB is among the deadliest diseases in the world. In …

Study: 12% of people living with HIV in rural Tanzania have hypertension

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (March 9, 2017). IHI Research Scientist Dr Kim Mwamelo presents findings of the study in Boston, US, last year at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic …

Recent Projects

Assessing the progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania

Rabies is a deadly disease endemic in dog populations across Africa. Although rabies can be eliminated through mass dog vaccination, there has been little investment in dog vaccination in Africa …

Engaging pastoralists in controlling malaria mosquitoes in their communities

The project is aimed at applying pastoralists’ knowledge to find water bodies during the dry season and accurately identify aquatic habitats that can be treated with larvicide pyriproxyfen (PPF) to …


This department conducts multi-disciplinary studies of health systems performance including service delivery, quality, effectiveness and equity; health financing; human resources for health; governance & accountability. It also monitors and evaluates pilot initiatives, national programs and changes in population health status. It hosts three population based health and demographic surveillance systems including > 1 million population. Social determinants of health, health impact of public policies and social health protection are recent additions to the group’s portfolio. Lastly, the group catalyzes uptake and effective implementation of policy changes, interventions or new approaches, by devising and testing scalable, replicable implementation models and tools.

Over thirty scientists work on a range of health topics, including maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition, malaria, HIV, diabetes & other chronic diseases and injuries & accidents. With a long history working in rural areas, we increasingly include a focus on disadvantaged urban populations in our work. We use the latest technology to collect and manage data. Our team includes sociologists, epidemiologists, community health specialists, clinicians, statisticians, data managers, health economists, public health specialists, community developers, computer scientists, urban geographers, political scientists and demographers. At any given time we host around 10 Masters, PhD and postdoc students, many of whom are IHI staff.

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Using a safe-delivery mobile application to improve care for mothers and newborns

Household ownership and usage of bed nets delivered through primary schools

Evaluation of integrated nutrition interventions in Tanzania

Background rates of health conditions of interest for vaccine safety within the health and demographic surveillance system

Improving obstetric care using non-pneumatic anti-shock garment & closed-user group mobile phones services

Rabies: integrated surveillance and response systems in resource-limited settings

mHealth Strategy for management of pre-eclampsia & postpartum hemorrhage

Unmanned aerial vehicles to improve medical delivery in rural and remote communities

Data for Health Initiative: using data to inform decisions on critical public health policies in Tanzania

Quality improvement in maternal and newborn health at district-level

Expanded quality improvement for maternal and newborn health using information power

Voices of the marginalized: participatory research among older people and people with disabilities in Tanzania

Priority indicators of care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth

Impact of community-based HIV/AIDS services on antiretroviral therapy retention and adherence in Tanzania

China-Tanzania joint malaria project: application of community-based integrated strategies to reduce malaria burden

Care and repair of bed nets: perceptions, barriers and motivators associated with care and repair of mosquito nets in Tanzania

Measuring the useful life of bed nets for malaria control in Tanzania: attrition, bioefficacy, chemistry, durability and insecticide resistance

Tanzania lung health study: prevalence and risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

How important are holes and insecticide for stopping mosquitoes getting through bed nets

Health systems governance for inclusive and sustainable social health protection in Ghana and Tanzania

Understanding and enhancing approaches to quality improvement in small and medium sized private facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Analysing longitudinal population-based HIV/AIDS data in Africa

The role of Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) in the delivery of integrated services in east and southern Africa

Homestead agriculture for improving the nutrition and health of children and women in rural Tanzania

Socio-cultural Context of Overweight

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