Collaboration with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania

Researchers and lecturers at Karolinska Institutet (KI) have been working with their counterparts at MUHAS for the past 35 years. During this period, more than 30 doctoral students from MUHAS have benefited from this collaboration, many of whom have successfully defended PhD and graduated thanks to the Sida-funded The Research Training Partnership programme 2015-2020 and other funding.

Karolinska Institutet and MUHAS signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2009. The MoU has been renewed throughout the years in connection to the five-year calls for funding by the Sida Research Training Partnership Programme. The latest MOU was signed in 2019 for a new five-year period to 2024. Through the collaboration, both universities have benefitted through academic exchange, scientific output, joint training, and capacity strengthening.
The next phase of the Sida funded Research Training Partnership Programme 2023-2028, has been delayed. The revised proposal Strengthening research, training and innovation for sustainable development, for the period 2023 – 2029 was submitted by MUHAS to Sida in June 2023.

The collaboration has so far benefited KI's researchers, teachers, students and the professional support, including the Grants Office, the Unit for Teaching and Learning and KI Library and has been perceived as very meaningful. MUHAS is the largest and oldest public health training institution in Tanzania. Several members of MUHAS management team have defended their doctoral theses at KI or at Uppsala University.

Collaboration financed by the Sida Reserach Training Partnership programme

The present collaboration, partly funded through Sid, is within the following areas:

  1. Getting the health system to deliver for mothers and babies in Tanzania.
  2. Strengthening the interventions for control and elimination of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases as an Integral Part of Global Efforts for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania.
  3. Research capacity strengthening for the control of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in Tanzania.
  4. Research Training and Innovation
  5. Injury Prevention and Care Tanzania: Road traffic injuries, Tanzania. – Not active for the next phase

Other collaborations

  • ALERT (Action Leveraging Evidence to reduce perinatal Mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa) is a hospital maternity-based quality improvement and implementation science project in Benin, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is coordinated at Karolinska Institutet.
    The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate a multifaceted intervention to strengthen the implementation of evidence-based interventions and responsive care and reduce in-facility perinatal mortality and morbidity through a multidisciplinary approach in Benin, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.
    About ALERT - ALERT - Action Leveraging Evidence to reduce perinatal Mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa (
  • PROFORMA project a five-year EU/EDCTP funded project. 
    An international collaboration project on pharmacovigilance – drugs safety – with researchers and experts from universities and regulatory authorities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, and some regional and international stakeholders in the field of drugs safety. A new grant application is being submitted to E U/EDCTP. PROFORMA 


The MUHAS vision

The MUHAS vision is to be “a university excelling in quality training of health professionals, research and public service with a conducive learning and working environment”. Its mission is “to provide quality training, research and service in health and related fields for the attainment of equitable socio-economic development of the Tanzanian community and beyond”. 

Applicants from MUHAS applying for doctoral courses at KI

The current Sida program supports students who registers at KI as well as those registering at MUHAS. To achieve the program’s objectives, from 2019 all the Sida-supported doctoral students from MUHAS will be regarded as KI doctoral students when applying for doctoral courses at KI. This is applicable for courses stipulated in the  course catalogue.

Deadline for applications is May 15 and November 15. It is therefore important for the doctoral students from MUHAS to indicate the following statement in their application:

I am a Sida-financed PhD student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in collaboration with KI and belong thus to the same selection group as doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet.


Profile image

Monika Berge-Thelander

International coordinator
Content reviewer: