Zacharia Mtema

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Vacancy: Research Scientist (2 posts)

IHI is looking for experienced Research Scientists to work with a project bearing the title: Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa (BOHEMIA) funded by the UNITAID. This project …

It’s World Malaria Day today: We’re for “Zero malaria”

We’re for “Zero malaria” (Dar es Salaam, April 25 2019) It’s World Malaria Day today. IHI joins with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children through the …

Recent Projects

Calcium supplementation on pregnant women

Project summary This is a trial-based study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It intends to generate evidence for decision-making on the potential non-inferiority of a lower dose …

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 …

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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