Honorati Masanja

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How healthy is city life in Tanzania?: Ifakara scientists reveal surprising results

How healthy is city life in Tanzania? By Gemma Todd At Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), we recognise the changing burden of disease and its geography. A team of researchers at …

Tanzanian institute develops new technology to fight malaria

As the world and Africa, in particular, continues to grapple with malaria, Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute has developed a new technology that has proven quite effective in fighting malaria. According to the …

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 …

Honorati Masanja

Chief Executive Director

Dr. Honorati Masanja is the Chief Executive Director of Ifakara Health Institute, a statistician and epidemiologist, with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. Dr. Masanja has extensive experience in data management; clinical trials; design, and evaluation of, large maternal and child health programs. Joining the Institute in 1992, he has lead the successful acquisition and implementation of national and regional projects, whereby the direct impact on strengthening Tanzania’s health system is still seen today. Having participated in the establishment of the Rufiji Health and Demographic Surveillance System (RHDSS), Dr, Masanja became the Principal Investigator for the SAVVY project, a step in Tanzania’s shift towards evidence-based planning and enabling health-sector evaluation. Currently, he is PI of the AMANHI study, whereby alongside colleagues he is leading innovative research on maternal and newborn health by critically evaluating the impact of the Vitamin A supplementation trial. Dr. Masanja’s scientific engagement spans across borders. Having published extensively in international journals and books, he is also an editorial reviewer for the MRC Joint Health Systems Research Initiative, and member of Tanzania’s National eHealth Steering Committee and the Steering Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation. His experience in training Post-Doctoral, Doctoral and Masters students in Tanzania, lead to his 2013 appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology.

View Dr. Masanja’s Research Interests and Publications


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

Zoonotic viral sharing among bats, primates and people in high-risk areas in Tanzania

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

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

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

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