Lwitiko Elton Sikana

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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 …

Lwitiko Elton Sikana

Research Officer

Mr. Lwitiko joined Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) as a research officer in 2009. His major roles include: 1) Coordinating a rabies project funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation (UBSOF); The project was collaboration between IHI, Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Glasgow (UoG), 2) Surveillance and conducting Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) surveys, 3) Training local public health and veterinary officers in implementing community-level mass dog vaccination. From 2014 to date, he is the  PI for the Rabies Awareness/Community Against Rabies Exposure (CARE) projects. Lwitiko ha received various training including community mobilization, empowerment and poverty reduction organized by the Regional Partnership for Resources Development and Institute of Fundraising and Resources Development (Nairobi, Kenya) which improved his knowledge of community-based initiatives towards poverty alleviation. He attended the 11th Conference of the Southern and Eastern Africa Rabies Group (SEARG), where he shared his experience to rabies experts from across Sub-Saharan Africa. Lwitiko has worked very very closely with Tanzania government professionals from the health and livestock sectors to implement a rabies elimination demonstration project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated by the World Health Organization.

View Sikana’s Research Interests and Publications


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

Developing interventions to raise rabies awareness in rural Tanzanian communities

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