Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)




  Ifakara Health Institute

Brief Description


The IHI is a not-for profit organization mandated to contribute to the improvement of the health status of Tanzanian people through generating relevant information to assist individuals, household members, health practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders to make decisions based on scientific evidence.  With a staff of 100 senior scientists, and some 200 junior research scientists, spread across 7 sites in Tanzania, the IHI has been capable of delivering relevant information and support of both local and national importance regarding health problems and health priorities in Tanzania through training and applied biomedical, epidemiological and health systems research for the benefit of community development. IHI has one of the largest in and out patient surveillances in Africa which generates information through the demographic surveillance system in its targeted districts and informs planning at the national level.

  Main Tasks    

Consortium partner and Work package leader

  Previous Experience  

IHI has ongoing links and collaborations with several institutions nationally and internationally. In 2008 IHI won the Prince of Asturias award for International Cooperation. In 2010 IHI won the National Award for Excellence in Research in Science and Technology.



Staff Profiles


Masuma Mamdani


MPH (Biostatistics & International Health)

Masuma Mamdani is a senior public health professional and has worked in several low- and middle-income countries. She has extensive experience in health systems research, focusing on access, equity and quality, with particular attention to practical policy analysis and processes in support of change. She has taught medical and public health students, and presently is a senior researcher at IHI.



Honorati Masanja



Dr Honorati Masanja (PhD Epidemiology) oversees IHIs overall research portfolio, from discovery through development to policy delivery. He also leads projects in newborn vitamin A supplementation, human resources for health, strengthening health information systems, and monitoring of deaths and their causes in Tanzania


Iddy Mayumana



MA Sociology

Iddy Mayumana is a social scientist with over fourteen years of research experience in reproductive health, malaria, livelihood and access to health care. Presently, his focus is on exploring options for improved health outcomes through tackling the underlying determinants of health by channeling interventions through community based organizations.


Eveline Geubbels


PhD (Epidemiology)
Dr Eveline Geubbels leads the Impact Evaluation thematic group within IHI, which is the custodian of several community and facility based surveillance systems on health and demography. She has worked in various countries on research related to disease epidemiology and prevention, health systems strengthening and policy & program impact evaluation, with a focus on chronic disease. She has developed curricula, and currently mentors public health and epidemiology students at Masters and PhD level.


David Mbulumi


Idda Kinyonge



MSc Chemistry

David Mbulumi has over 15 years of experience in Journalism, Development Communications, Public/ Media Relations and Knowledge Management. He worked with the United Nations before joining IHI as the overall head of communications. David also leads the Working Group on Policy Dialogue of the INDEPTH network.


BSc Agriculture

Idda Kinyonge (BSc in Agriculture, presently working on a Masters in Business Administeration) works on community empowerment interventions towards strengthening accountability and promoting utilization of maternal, newborn and child health interventions.



Sally Mtenga


Masters (Medical Sociologist)
Sally Mtenga is a medical sociologist working in community based health research, and in intervention evaluation, specifically in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Reproductive health.


Irene Masanja


PhDEpidemiology                                                                                                                                                   Dr Irene Masanja's research interests revolve around health policy analysis, community health improvements initiatives, health systems research  and improving health systems response to public health problems. In July 2013, she was among the “Emerging Leaders” cohort of the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa.





Masuma Mamdani
Ifakara Health Institute
P.O. Box 78373
Plot 463, Kiko Avenue, Mikocheni
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania
Tel: +255 686 997 015

Email: [email protected]