Zacharia Mtema

In the News

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 …

Zacharia Mtema

Research Scientist

Dr. Zac Mtema is a senior research scientist at IHI, a computer scientist, and  and epidemiologist. Dr. Mtema is a 2016 UK Guardian university awards winner for outstanding Mobile phone-based surveillance for infectious disease elimination in Africa. Dr. Zac has experience investigating disease dynamics and conducting public health surveillance in low resource settings. Dr. Zac has developed mHealth applications that are currently being used by thousands of health workers in remote locations in Tanzania to monitor disease control efforts supported by WHO and the Gates Foundation. Currently Dr. Zac is a leading research scientist on use of autonomous unmanned aerial delivery system for Emergency aerial delivery of blood and life-saving medicines in Tanzania.

View Dr. Mtema’s Research Interests & Publications


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

Rabies: integrated surveillance and response systems in resource-limited settings

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

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