Godfrey Mbaruku

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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 …

Godfrey Mbaruku

Research Scientist

Dr. Godfrey Mbaruku is a Research Scientist and former Deputy Director of IHI. His specialty is Obstetrics and Gynecology with 30-years experience as a medical doctor. Since 2004, he has served as Vice President of the National OBGYN Society (AGOTA). Dr. Godfrey received most of his training at the University of Dar es Salaam, and completed his PhD at Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 2005. He has worked in the fields of reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, primary care and management of health services. As both a clinician and trainer, he has played a key collaborative role with local and international organizations in project development, teaching, monitoring and evaluation. As part of these efforts, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of local populations, as well as a huge number of refugees from neighboring countries. In June 2010, The Lancet profiled Godfrey as “An Early Hero of Modern Maternal Health.” In that profile, Ann Starrs, President of Family Care International noted: “Godfrey was one of the first heroes of the modern maternal health movement. In Kigoma, he saw the deplorable conditions, and high rate of maternal death, then set about addressing the factors that were causing these problems in a methodical, step-by-step way that was consultative, motivating for staff, sustainable, and highly effective. He showed the way by quiet leadership and inspiration, and is still doing so now.”

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Afrique One African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence

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

Expanded quality improvement for maternal and newborn health using information power

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

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

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