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Tanzania: Researchers urged to improve response to health challenges

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Researchers in Tanzania have been told to enhance their research capacity and come up with best problem-solving solutions to curb health challenges of emerging and reemerging diseases such as Zika, Ebola and tuberculosis.The directive was issued by the Deputy Minister of Health, Hamis kigwangala on behalf of Vice President Samia Hassan at the launch of the fifth Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science (MUHAS) scientific conference held in Dar es salaam on Thursday.

In her speech delivered by Kigwangala, the VP also urged MUHAS to form new partnerships and linkages with local and international partners including industries to improve relevant research for the strengthening of health systems.

“I request young researchers at this conference to use this opportunity not only to showcase their research findings, but also to network and establish research networks, and come up with more problem solving solutions” she suggested.

Hassan noted that more researches were required so as to achieve equitable and sustained access to care, support, treatment and improve the well-being and life expectancy of people in Tanzania.

This year’s conference, themed “Translating Health Research findings into practice for achieving the sustainable development goals” brought together over 400 local and international delegates to discuss various research-related findings in combating diseases like malaria.

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