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Who we are

ifakara health institute

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) – or simply Ifakara - is a leading health research organization in Africa, with a strong track record of developing, testing and validating innovations for health. We are driven by core strategic mandate for research, training and services. Ifakara encompasses a broad range of scientific disciplines, spanning from basic biomedical and ecological sciences to clinical trials, health systems research, policy translation, and health program implementation.

Ifakara work is organized in three research departments, six research units and seven technical support units. The research departments are: Environmental Health & Ecological Sciences (EHES), Interventions & Clinical Trials (ICT), and Health Systems, Impact Evaluation & Policy (HSIEP).

The research units are: Grants and Contracts, Training & Capacity Building, Laboratories, Data Systems and Platforms, Vector Control Product Testing, and Chronic Diseases Clinics. The technical units, which are supporting research (our primary activity) are: Internal Audit, Knowledge Management and Communications, Finance Management, Human Resources Management, Supply Chain Management, Branch Management and Information & Communication Technology. We have three major offices in Tanzania (Ifakara, Bagamoyo & Dar es Salaam).

vision & mission


A healthy and empowered population with access to evidence-based health services and solutions


To be a centre of excellence that informs health policies and delivery of quality services collaboratively through research, innovation, capacity strengthening and program implementation

Our core values


We proudly uphold the values of honesty, truthfulness and sincerity, while remaining fair and ethical in all our doings and situations; We share information and results widely; We keep our teams and stakeholders informed on issues that may affect them directly or indirectly


We value flexibility; We use initiative to solve problems; We encourage creativity and innovation


We strive to be a centre of excellence; We strive for meritocratic performance of global standards


We treat each other with courtesy, kindness and empathy; We respect diversity and dignity


We take ownership of our objectives; We accept responsibility and accountability; We don’t make excuses; We help others to ensure that results are achieved