Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania


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Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and has a long standing collaboration with the Harvard Chan School on a number of public health research and training efforts. This relationship, which began more than 35 years ago, has grown even stronger during the last 20 years through joint large research studies, and both programmatic and training activities. Building human capacity has been a long-term goal of the collaboration. Each year numerous Tanzanian physicians, scientists, and researchers attend degree programs or participate in non-degree training programs or academic sabbaticals at the Harvard Chan School. Several training programs have been, and currently are, supported by the Fogarty International Center. The collaboration has recently initiated training activities in Dar es Salaam aimed at strengthening the MPH and Doctoral programs at MUHAS. The site’s areas of health expertise include maternal and child health, nutrition, and infectious diseases, particularly HIV, TB and malaria, mental health, and NCDs.

The Site Director

Dr. Japhet Killewo, Professor of Epidemiology

Japhet Killewo is Professor of Epidemiology at MUHAS and former Chair of the Tanzania Public Health Association. Prof. Killewo has been involved in community-based public health research projects for over 30 years. His main research interests relate to targeting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and has substantial research and training experience related to infectious diseases more broadly as well as maternal and child health interventions.

Site Mentors:

Japhet Killewo, Professor of Epidemiology

Said Aboud, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and
Director of Research and Publications

Karim Manji, M.D., M.Med., M.P.H.

Dr. Manji is Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and former Dean of the School of Medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr. Manji is also a senior pediatrician and neonatologist with extensive experience in research and training in child health. Dr. Manji has over 15 years of experience working in collaboration with partners in the United States (Harvard University and Children’s Hospital, Boston) and other countries focusing on large programmatic studies in relation to infectious diseases, child health and the efficacy of nutritional supplementation.  Dr. Manji completed his Master of Public Health at HSPH with Dr. Fawzi, focusing on research methods and epidemiology in pediatric populations. He has conducted research investigating the epidemiology of common childhood infections, including diarrhea, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and meningitis, pediatric HIV infection and disease progression, and predictors of birth and neonatal outcomes.

Ferdinand Mugusi, Professor of Internal Medicine

Professor Mugusi is in Internal Medicine at MUHAS. He has extensive clinical and research experience in infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis and HIV. He has been a Principal Investigator for several Harvard-MUHAS research, hospital-based, and community-based studies investigating the epidemiology of tuberculosis infections in Tanzania, including the ICIDR trial investigating the role of micronutrients in tuberculosis and HIV infections.

Sylvia Kaaya, Dean, School of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Sylvia KaayaProf. Sylvia Kaaya, serves as the dean, School of Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania-East Africa). She holds a doctor of medicine, master of science in medicine and a diploma in psychiatry. Supported by Carnegie Foundation grants, she has completed two fellowship programs in health and behavior through Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise include epidemiology, adolescent sexuality, biostatistics and health services research.