Yunus Mgaya

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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

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 …

Yunus Mgaya

Interim Chairman

Prof. Yunus D. Mgayar is a marine biologist currently serving as the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) director. Throughout his career, he has published extensively and involved in various consultancies on aquatic science, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment and biodiversity assessment.

The ex-marine biology professor of the University of Dar es Salaam, where he once served in one of the influential positions of Deputy Vice Chancellor, first graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology and Marine Biology from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1986 before obtaining an M.Sc. in Fisheries Biology from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1989, and later on a PhD in Aquaculture from the University College Galway, Ireland in 1995.

Prof. Mgaya, who before the latest appointment served as Executive Secretary of the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), has published over 60 articles in international journals – mainly in his research interest area: aquatic science. Mgaya, who during his university teaching career reached the title of full professor of aquatic science, has authored or co-authored three books, written 10 book chapters and participated in compiling over 50 technical and consultancy reports.

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