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Paul G. Allen School for Global Health
WSU Global Health-Tanzania
Promoting the shared vision of WSU and the United Republic of Tanzania

WSU Global Health-Tanzania

WSU Global Health-Tanzania is an NGO (non-governmental organization) promoting public health, health equity, and opportunity for all people. Our work is conducted in the WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Health and the Ngorongoro Tourism Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Our team of faculty scholars, administrative staff, and dedicated graduate students lead a broad range of public and animal health research and training projects to provide innovative solutions to global health and development challenges through research, education, global outreach, and disease control. We listen, engage, and collaborate with academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutions.

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Rabies Free Tanzania

WSU Global Health-Tanzania researchers are working to control rabies through mass dog rabies vaccination campaigns that leverage existing government resources. The focus is to decrease the cost of delivering canine rabies vaccines and find solutions for transporting vaccines to remote areas and resource-poor communities.

100,000 Number of dogs and cats we vaccinate for rabies each year.
350,000 Number of annual rabies vaccines we donate to the Tanzanian government and other NGOs.

Because domestic dogs are the main reservoir for human rabies, controlling human rabies globally requires the mass vaccination of dogs. When carrying out mass vaccination, one of the major problems that we face is trying to identify which dogs have and haven’t been vaccinated.

-Dr. Felix Lankester, veterinarian and assistant professor

A new mobile phone-based facial recognition application for dogs has the potential to significantly improve rabies vaccination efforts in endemic areas like Africa and Asia.

Dog getting vaccine

Ongoing rabies research and prevention

  • Canine rabies, distemper, and parvovirus control around the Serengeti National Park.  Year-long mass dog vaccination in seven districts around the park with a target of reaching 70% of village dogs.  Vaccination censuses are conducted to determine if this target is reached or if further vaccination efforts are needed.
  • Vaccine thermostability, immunogenicity, and delivery systems evaluation. Scientists and graduate students visit villages across the region to estimate vaccination coverage.  They are comparing the effectiveness of vaccination coverage administered once a year by district veterinary officer-led teams or vaccines administered throughout the year by livestock field officer-led teams.

15 Scholars, administrative staff and graduate students work in our Arusha, Tanzania office.

Our global partners include funders, local governments, and international organizations.

Employment opportunities in Tanzania

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WSU Global Health-Tanzania is a free and fair employer and does not discriminate on color, nationality, tribe or place of origin, race, social origin, political opinion, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status or family responsibility, disability, HIV/AIDS status, age, previous military service, trade union membership or activity, or sexual orientation. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Once an application is submitted, you will receive an automated reply acknowledging receipt of the application. Further notifications will be prompted as your application proceeds through the hiring stages.

Washington State University Global Health-Tanzania located in Arusha, Tanzania is a legally registered NGO that manages a broad range of public health research projects and is supported by WSU and its collaborating partners.