Tanzania Journal of Health Research (TJHR) is an open access journal that aims to facilitate the advance of health sciences by publishing high quality research and review articles that communicate new ideas and developments in biomedical and health research. TJHR is published in print and online in January, April, July and October as an organ of the Tanzania Health Research User’s Trust Fund. The Journal is available at: https://nimr.or.tz and abstracted on African Index Medicus at and PubMed at

Prof John P. Lusingu MD, PhD
National Institute for Medical Research
3 Barack Obama Drive,
P O Box 9653,
11101 Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
E-mail: /
Phone: +255 22 2130770/ 212
Fax: +255 22 2130660

Dr. Susan F. Rumisha, BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr. Alphaxardo Manjurano, BVM, MSc, PhD
Dr. Mbazi Senkoro, MD, MSc, PhD
Dr Sokoine Lesikari Kivuyo, MD, MPhil

Dr Nicholaus Peter Mnyambwa,PhD
Phone: +255-22-2152232

Prof. Yunus D. Mgaya, National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam
Dr. Emmy Metta, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam
Prof. Esron D. Karimuribo, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro
Dr. Francis A. Mhimbira, Ifakara Health Institute, Bagamoyo
Dr. Gabriel Shirima, Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha
Dr. George Mtove, National Institute for Medical Research, Muheza
Dr. Jovin Kitau, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi
Dr. Joyceline Kaganda, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dar es Salaam
Dr. Nyagosya Range, National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam
Dr. Nyanda Ntinginya, National Institute for Medical Research, Mbeya
Prof. Said Kapiga, Mwanza Intervention Trial Unit, Mwanza
Prof. Stephen Mshana, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza

Categories of Articles

1. Original research articles: Research articles that make a substantial, original contribution to research, practice or policy in any of the biomedical or health research areas. Research articles are contributions that have the purpose of publication of original unpublished research which may be reproduced and generalised. They should be between 3000 and 6000 words, excluding tables, figures and references. The original research article should follow the conventional structure: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion.

2. Short communications: Short communications are intended to provide preliminary research results or unpublished hypotheses of public health relevance. Short communications may contain an abstract, and can be organized either along the lines of a regular manuscript, or without subdivisions. The accompanying abstract should not exceed 200 words. Authors may also consider combining the results and discussion sections. They should be up to 2500 words and include a table or figure and preferably not more than five references.

3. Letters to the Editor: These include letters which seek to discuss recent articles published in TJHR or report on original research or significant findings. They should not exceed 600 words and 5 references.

4. Reviews: TJHR welcomes review papers relating to biomedical and health research themes. Review should emphasize the implication of reviewed literature for future practical application and policy implications. A review paper should not exceed 6000-words.

5. Clinical studies: TJHR supports the registration of trials as an important initiative to improve the reporting of clinical studies. Trial registers that currently meet all of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and World Health Organization requirements can be found at

Submitting a manuscript

Manuscript must be submitted online using the following URL: