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A very warm welcome to the official website of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU). MITU is a collaborative health research unit established in 2006 by the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). MITU’s programme builds on a long history of collaborative work between health research institutions in Mwanza, focusing on world class research on HIV and other related infections and the development of research capacity in Tanzania.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other health problems by conducting research, including intervention trials, to the highest international standards;

Our Vision

The vision of MITU is to be a world-leading centre for research on HIV prevention and treatment, and other health problems, and in partnership with local and international organizations to contribute in improving health in East African region.

Strategic Plan

Building on past research experience and a record of accomplishments which gives the Unit international recognition, MITU's strategic plan (2016-2021) aims to strengthen and prioritise research activities to address major health problems

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) WHO situation reports

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04 July 2020

Confirmed Cases

  • Tanzania
  • 509
  • Kenya
  • 7188
  • Uganda
  • 1016
  • Rwanda
  • 1063


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MITU’s overall goals are to conduct research with scientific rigour in focused areas of global public health significance; strengthen capacity to carry out research studies to the highest international scientific and ethical standards; and develop effective and efficient physical and administrative infrastructure required to support research and capacity building activities.

MITU’s research activities focus on the development and evaluation of health interventions, often through the conduct of randomised controlled trials (RCTs). This strategic focus distinguishes the Unit from other research institutions in the region and contributes to its status as a centre of excellence in the design and use of intervention

The Unit implements a rigorous programme of staff recruitment and capacity building in order to develop the skills and expertise needed to carry out health research, including clinical trials, conforming to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and other international standards. Specific training activities include:

MITU has the infrastructure required to carry out research to the highest international standards. This includes purpose-built premises with a total floor area of 1,905m2. The premises includes modern training and conference facilities with lecture halls and a two-storey office block comprising research and administration offices,