NIMR - Mbeya Medical Research Center



To conduct, coordinate, regulate and promote

scientifically and ethically sound, high quality health research

and deliver evidence-based information that is responsive to the

needs of human wellbeing.



To be an institution of excellence for advancement of

health research and development in Tanzania and beyond




We conduct research on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and other relevant tropical diseases by evaluating new interventions, utilizing vaccines, drugs and diagnostics focusing on basic research, clinical trials, epidemiological research, operational research and social sciences. 


The center has a CAP accredited research laboratory with equipment covering sample processing, hematology,coagulation, biochemistry, serology and viral load. We also have a state-of-the-art TB laboratory performing various diagnostic procedures. There is also a TB Clinic and ward and a dedicated pharmacy.

Mobile lab

It aims to offer effective intervention and diagnostic procedures in rural areas.  Its facilities include fluorescence smear microscope, a Cepheid GeneXpert® MTB/RIF analyzer, a Guava flow cytometer for CD4 counts, a Sysmex cell-counter, a Reflotron® Sprint clinical chemistry analyzer, refrigeration system for samples and film and music system for shows and info sessions for communities. 


We are a partnership between the Mbeya Referral Hospital,the Mbeya regional medical office, the National institute for Medical Research, Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at University of Munich and U.S. Military HIV Research Program.

We are located on the grounds of Mbeya Referral Hospital in Mbeya town.Mbeya encompases two major highways and  is bordered to the northwest by Tabora, to the northeast by Singida, to the East by Iringa, to the South by Zambia and Malawi and to the West by Rukwa. 


High quality research is a major driver of scientific progress. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of health research in Tanzania. We aim to create knowledge that can be used by scientists and the community in general. Our ultimate goal is to create measurable improvement in the health care system with the help of evidence based methods.


Community Engagement is a vital part of our research activities. We work on building partnerships between the research team and the community to ensure that the research performed is ethically sound and it targets relevant health issues. This partnership is strengthened through a Community Advisory Board comprised of representatives from human rights, local community leaders, religious leaders, local and government authorities by acting as a bridge between the research team and the community in general

Capacity Development

Capacity building leading to ethical, quality and innovative research translates into better health in our communities. Our institution is proud to be at the forefront of introducing innovative technologies in the region and the country. Capacity development on the use of the above is one of our priorities to enable the use of faster more accurate and safe diagnosis and treatment methods.
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