Ifakara Health Institute

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Ifakara Health Institute
logo of the Ifakara Health Institute
Ifakara Health Institute logo
FounderRudolf Geigy
Key people
  • Martin Mfikwa, Chief Operating Officer
  • Fredros Okumu, Director of Science
  • Honorati Masanja, Chief Executive Director
nearly 600 (in 2009)[1]
Formerly called
Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre

The Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is a health research organization with offices in Ifakara, Dar es Salaam, Ikwiriri, Bagamoyo, and Mtwara, Tanzania.[2][3] The institute conducts health-related research in a variety of areas, including malaria and HIV/AIDS.[4]


Tower reads, "Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health, Ifakara".
Tower at the Ifakara Health Institute campus in Ifakara, Tanzania.

A field laboratory of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute was founded in Ifakara in 1956 by Rudolf Geigy.[1] From 1981-1984, it was led by Marcel Tanner.[5] It was renamed the "Ifakara Centre" in 1991, the "Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre, IHRDC" in 1996, and the "Ifakara Health Institute" in 2008.[6]

The Ifakara Health Institute was featured in the Al Jazeera Lifelines documentary The End Game in 2014.[7] Fredros Okumu gave a talk featuring the IHI the at TEDGlobal conference in 2017.[8]


  1. ^ a b Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania (PDF). Excellence in Science: Profiles of Research Institutions in Developing Countries. The World Academy of Sciences. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Where we are - Ifakara Health Institute - IHI". Ifakara Health Institute - IHI. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ Geubbels, Eveline; Amri, Shamte; Levira, Francis; Schellenberg, Joanna; Masanja, Honorati; Nathan, Rose (May 15, 2015). "Health & Demographic Surveillance System Profile: The Ifakara Rural and Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Ifakara HDSS)" (PDF). International Journal of Epidemiology. 44 (3): 848–861. doi:10.1093/ije/dyv068. PMID 25979725.
  4. ^ "Research - Ifakara Health Institute - IHI". Ifakara Health Institute - IHI. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Swiss TPH: Marcel Tanner". swisstph.ch. Archived from the original on 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Who We Are - Ifakara Health Institute - IHI". Ifakara Health Institute - IHI. Archived from the original on 2016-06-04. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  7. ^ "The End Game - Lifelines - Al Jazeera English". Al Jazeera English - Live US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Sports, Weather & Business News. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  8. ^ Fredros Okumu (August 2017). "Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth -- mosquitoes". TED.com. Retrieved August 29, 2019.

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Coordinates: 6°45′58.95″S 39°15′15.16″E / 6.7663750°S 39.2542111°E / -6.7663750; 39.2542111