Zacharia Mtema

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Ifakara forms winning team at Nane Nane show

(Morogoro) Ifakara Health Institute was among institutions which formed ‘the dream team’ that was picked by judges as the second best exhibitor at the Farmers’ Show for eastern zone exhibitors …

Talk by IHI scientist on TED crosses a million views mark

(Dar es Salaam) A talk on the biology of mosquitoes by IHI seasoned researcher Fredros Okumu on –- an international platform holding conferences and posting talks online –- has …

Recent Projects

Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

The Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods is an exciting project in which IHI works with a consortium of partners from Asia and Africa to 1) develop capacity for improved …

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 …

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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