In collaboration with the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)



The Unit works closely with other research organisations within and outside Tanzania, including partners working at NIMR Mwanza centre. Internationally, this includes London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine LSHTM, US Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), Cornell University, the University of Copenhagen, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Within the East Africa region, MITU works closely with MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS (MRC Uganda Unit) and the International Centre for Health Research in Mombasa, Kenya. The Unit is also a key partner in the Wellcome Trust funded THRiVE consortium. This includes Makerere and Gulu Universities, and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Uganda; National University of Rwanda (NUR) in Rwanda; International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya; and KCMC in Tanzania.

Within Tanzania, the Unit collaborates with a number of institutions, including Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), and Bugando Medical Centre (BMC). Internationally, MITU is involved in a number of research collaborations with institutions in Africa, Europe, and USA. This includes Centre Muraz and the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso; and Université de Montpellier 1 and ImmunoClin in France. We have also ongoing collaborations with the MRC TEG at LSHTM, MRC Clinical Trials Unit in London, Imperial College London, the Microbicides Development Programme, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Cambridge University, South African Medical Research Council, University of Washington, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Barcelona’s Institut Català d' Oncologia and GSK Biologicals in Belgium.

The Unit is a key partner in the DFID-funded STRIVE for Prevention Research Programme Consortium (STRIVE RPC). This consortium is a collaboration of six partner institutions, including the International Centre for Research on Women (Asia Regional Office, India and Washington, DC, USA), the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (Bangalore, India), Tanzania’s NIMR/MITU (Mwanza, Tanzania), and the Witwatersrand Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Johannesburg, South Africa).

  • NIMR +

    MITU is a component part of NIMR Mwanza Centre, which is a parastatal institution under the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The Unit maintains autonomy in formulating its research agenda and strategy, financial management and administration, allowing it to contribute to the broad mission of NIMR of conducting scientifically and ethically sound, high quality health research that is responsive to the broader needs of the Tanzanian community. Most research projects are conducted jointly with Tanzanian scientists based at NIMR Mwanza Centre. The collaboration with NIMR provides opportunity for the Unit to maintain close contact with local and national government authorities, including the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Control Programme and the Tanzania AIDS Commission.

  • Local institutions in Mwanza +

    In the regions and districts where we work in north-west Tanzania, MITU has established strong collaborative links with government leaders, health officials and community representatives. In addition, MITU works closely with local health facilities including Bugando Medical Centre, Sekou Toure regional hospital, Shinyanga regional hospital, and Geita and Kahama district hospitals.

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