Institute of Allied Health Sciences
The Institute of Allied Health Sciences (AIHS) is a public institution for training middle level technical health service provider in Tanzania. It is one of the Institutes of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
The Institute is situated within the premises of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH). It conducts eight MUHAS University diploma and three Ministry of Health diploma and advanced diploma programmes in twelve schools; eight are in Muhimbili, two at KCMC, one in Mpwapwa and one in Tanga.
The Institute of Allied Health Sciences is in a position to provide in Tanzania a place of learning, research and service in technical health sciences that are based on curative, preventive, rehabilitative and restorative health care.
Available student training programmes:
i) University programmes:
- Advanced Diploma in Dermatovenereology (ADDV)
- Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences (ADMLS)
- Advanced Diploma in Nursing Education (ADNE)
- Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography (DDR)
- Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences (DEHS)
- Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences (DMLS)
- Diploma in Orthopaedic Technology (DOT)
- Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS)
ii) Ministry of Health programmes:
- Advanced Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (ADCD)
- Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM)
- Diploma in Dental Laboratory Technology (DDLT)
- Diploma in Nursing.
Institute of Traditional Medicine
The Institute of Traditional Medicine, previously known as Traditional Medicine Research Unit was established under the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Act of Parliament no. 9 of 1991, Section 10 (1) (c). The Act provided for an Institute Board that reports to the Academic Board of the College. The Institute is charged with the responsibility to research into traditional healing systems, in Tanzania, to identify useful practices which can be adopted and also to identify useful materia medica which can be modernized and developed into drugs for use to improve human health.
Tanzania is estimated to have over 80,000 traditional healers with varying specialities. The majority of healers are herbalists using mainly plants and a few animal and mineral products in their practices. Traditional healers are likely to be first consulted health provider due to socio-cultural settings in rural Tanzania.The estimated traditional healer:population ratio is 1:400 compared to 1:30,000 doctor to population ratio. Over the 12,000 higher plant species growing in Tanzania, at least a quarter have medicinal values and some of them already have a big market potential worldwide and can be exploited for local drug production. Some examples include Cinchona ledgeriana, Artemisia afra, Rauvolfia caffra, Rauvolfia serpetina, Atropa belladonna, Catharanthus rosea, Pischiera fuchsiaefolia, Moringa oleifera, Vuacanga africana, Prunus Africana, Aloe vera, Hibiscus sabdariffa, and Waltheria indica, to just mention a few. The Institute is already poised to play a leading role in the development of this vast resource by strategically creating expertise in all areas related to drug development, including research and training in good practices, basic science knowledge, phytochemistry, biological testing, pre-clinical studies, clinical trials and evaluation, pharmaceutical technology, standardization of herbal pharmaceuticals, biotechnology etc. The goal is to produce herbal medicines with best levels of active molecules
To become the leading institution in Africa in training, consultancy and research in developing quality herbal medicines for the healthy well being of the people, and contribute to poverty reduction through community based cultivation of specific medicinal plants
To research on traditional medicines and promote the development of standardized herbal and plant derived pharmaceuticals and useful non-material aspects of traditional medicine through teaching and consultancy for the improvement of the health of the Tanzanian people
The Goals of the Institute
To achieve its mission the Institute has the following set goals:
- To promote the use of traditional medicines and traditional methods of healing
- To promote commercial exploitation and conservation of medicinal plants
- To contribute to the discovery of new drugs
- To contribute to the local production of pharmaceuticals
- To disseminate knowledge on traditional and plant derived medicines.
The Institute has been conducting training at PhD levels. In the next five years this ambition will be vigorously tracked.
- To build relevant capacities to enable the Institute to achieve its vision and mission
While conducting its daily research and development activities, the Institute shall uphold the following values as its guiding pillars:
- Social responsibility: