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Muhas don is new IHI board member

Prof. Kaaya. Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) Board of Governors (BOG) has appointed Prof. Sylvia Kaaya member of the IHI Board of Trustees (BOT) effective Wednesday January 10, 2018. The appointment …

Marcel steps down from IHI boards

Prof. Marcel Tanner has stepped down as Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and Board of Governors (BOG) effective Wednesday January 10, 2018. The Former …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Evaluation of the impact of a community health agent intervention on antiretroviral therapy retention and adherence in Tanzania

Given the problem with retention in, and linkage to, HIV care and treatment and the need for a systematic Community-based HIV/AIDS services (CBHS) intervention in Tanzania is essential. It is anticipated that implementation of CBHS providers enhances service package to improve retention in HIV care and treatment, which will include ART provision for eligible clients and health screening by CBHS providers at the community level. To test this hypothesis, we will recruit cohort of 3,300 people newly diagnosed with HIV at 20 sites in three regions of Tanzania (Pwani, Mbeya, and Kagera). We use a randomized cluster study design with facilities as the clusters to test a well-defined intervention using CBHS providers within intervention health facilities and their related communities. This will enable us to compare program enrollment rates, retention rates, other health outcomes, and viral load (VL) measures between clients enrolled at intervention sites to clients enrolled at control sites. This evaluation aims to determine impact of a coordinated, integrated model of CBHS delivery at community level. The results will improve understanding of how CBHS providers can contribute to the HIV continuum of care and provide an evidence base to inform the development of GOT policies and programmatic guidelines surrounding use of CBHS providers.

Lead Scientists:

Abdallah Mkopi

Eveline Geubbels


University of North Carolina (UNC)
Management and Development for Health (MDH)
Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS)
Tanzania National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Population Council

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