MITU’s research activities focus on the development and evaluation of health interventions, often through the conduct of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). This strategic focus distinguishes the Unit from other research institutions in the region and contributes to its status as a center of excellence in the design and use of intervention trials. The Unit also conducts observational studies, to provide an epidemiological evidence base for intervention trials. Special efforts are made to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice.
The geographical location of MITU allows research to be conducted in six regions around Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. This offers a unique opportunity for research to take place in a range of urban, peri-urban, and rural study locations, all within easy traveling distance of the Unit, so that urban/rural gradients in disease prevalence and risk factors can be readily observed and analyzed.
MITU’s research is organised around the following main themes: