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IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Study reports boys, girls start working in the mines at 7

(Dar es Salaam, May 8, 2018). New findings of a formative study by Ifaraha Health Institute (IHI) and partners which focused on children in mining show that child miners, both …

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

Partners

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)

Funders

Population Council
USAID

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