Robert D. Sumaye

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 …

Robert D. Sumaye

Research Scientist

Robert is a research scientist with training in epidemiology and experience working with zoonotic diseases. He obtained his veterinary training at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania and later pursued MSc in Tropical Animal Health specializing in Epidemiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. He joined IHI in 2008 and since then he has been involved in a number research activities including natural resources management, demographic surveillance system and outdoor mosquito control project. Currently he is pursuing a PhD program at the University of Liege and Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium, studying the Epidemiology of Rift Valley fever in the Kilombero river valley, Tanzania. Robert is also working on research that employ one health research approach to address linkages between humans, animals, and their shared environments, for investigation into the epidemiology of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) and Brucellosis in Kilombero valley, Morogoro and Ruaha ecosystem, Iringa.

View Dr. Sumaye’s Research Interests and Publications


Zoonotic viral sharing among bats, primates and people in high-risk areas in Tanzania

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