In a groundbreaking collaboration, the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the Tanzania Human Genetics Organization (THGO) convened the National Stakeholders’ Meeting on Human Genomics. The meeting held on November 15, 2023, at the University of Dar es Salaam Conference Hall. The event aimed to promote the use of human genomic testing in the diagnosis of various diseases across the country.
The conference commenced with an inaugural address by the Minister of Health for the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Hon. Nassor Mazrui. He commended NIMR and THGO for their concerted efforts in bringing together stakeholders from diverse institutions and organizations. The minister acknowledged the significance of the collaborative initiative and its potential impact on shaping the future of human genomic research in Tanzania.
The objective of the meeting is to bring together Human Genetics Stakeholders from both mainland Tanzania and the Island of Zanzibar to develop the National Agenda for human genetics in Tanzania for 2025-2035. This meeting symbolizes a significant milestone in Tanzania’s journey towards harnessing the potential of human genetics knowledge to improve health outcomes by unlocking the transformative power of the field in research and innovation.
During the conference, NIMR researchers presented compelling insights into the correlation between non-communicable diseases and human genetics. Their presentations underscored the critical role that genomic information can play in understanding, preventing, and treating diseases that pose a significant health burden in Tanzania.
The National Stakeholders’ Meeting on Human Genomics marks a pivotal moment in Tanzania’s journey towards leveraging genomic information for healthcare advancements. NIMR and THGO, through their collaborative efforts, have set the stage for a decade of transformative research and innovation, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health and well-being of the Tanzanian population.