Honorati Masanja

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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 …

Honorati Masanja

Chief Executive Director

Dr Honorati Masanja is the IHI Chief Executive Director.He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. He’s a statistician and epidemiologist, with an extensive experience in data management; clinical trials; design, and evaluation of large maternal and child health programs. He joined the Institute in 1992.

Over the last 25 years, he has lead the successful acquisition and implementation of national and regional projects whose 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 the PI of the AMANHI study where, alongside with 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 of the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology.

View Dr. Masanja’s Research Interests and Publications

Projects

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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