Francis Mhimbira

In the News

Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

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 …

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 …

Francis Mhimbira

Research Scientist and Head of Interventions & Clinical Trials

Dr. Francis Mhimbira is an epidemiologist and a research scientist based at Ifakara Health Institute. Dr. Mhimbira received his medical degree at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), Tanzania, and did a Masters degree in Epidemiology from The University of Melbourne, Australia. He works within the intervention thematic group and conducts research on TB clinical trials for new drugs and vaccines. His work also involves evaluating new TB diagnostic tools and epidemiological studies on TB and co-infections (such as HIV, helminth and respiratory pathogens). Francis also does operational research to improve TB case detection and improve TB treatment outcomes. He is currently a national and principal investigator of Phase III clinical trial (NC-006) of new TB drugs and regimen. Francis is currently the Head of Interventions and Clinical Trials Department.

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Projects

Evaluation of combinations of bedaquiline, moxifloxacin, PA‐824 and pyrazinamide for treatment of newly-diagnosed TB patients

Evaluation of efficacy, safety and tolerability of a three-drug regimen (Moxifloxacin+PA‐824+Pyrazinamide) for TB and MDR-TB

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