Dr. Safari Kinung'hi

Director, Mwanza Medical Research Centre
Dr. Safari Kinung’hi is a principal research scientist based at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza centre. Before appointment as acting centre director for NIMR Mwanza centre in June this year, he was the heady of the parasitic diseases research programme and secretary for the centre's scientific committee. Dr. Safari Kinung’hi holds a PhD in Public Health of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a masters degree in tropical veterinary epidemiology of Free University of Berlin, Germany/Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a bachelors degree in veterinary medicine of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. Dr. Safari Kinung’hi's research interest focuses on the epidemiology and control of schistosomiasis, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases. He has more than 15 years of research experience in community based intervention trials for the control of schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminth infections and malaria and has published more that 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. Currently, Dr. Safari Kinung’hi is the Tanzania principal investigator of the larger scale multicentre gaining and sustaining control of schistosomiasis (SCORE) project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (through the University of Georgia) that aims to determine the effective strategy for delivering mass drug administration (MDA) for control of intestinal schistosomiasis. Dr. Safari Kinung’hi is also the Tanzania principal investigator of the multicentre and multidisciplinary study titled water infrastructure for schistosomiasis endemic regions of Africa (WISER) that aims to develop and evaluate water treatment processes for removing or inactivating schistosome cercariae as an alternative method for control of schisosomiasis in Tanzania and other endemic countries, funded by the UK engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC). Dr. Safari Kinung’hi is a WHO/AFRO temporary advisor and consultant on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections and a member of the schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections technical working group of the Tanzania national NTD control programme. Dr. Safari Kinung’hi is a reviewer of reputable international peer reviewed journals such as Acta Tropica, BMC Public Health, BMC Infectious Diseases, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Parasites &Vectors. Apart from routine research activities, Dr. Safari Kinung'hi also supervises MSc and PhD students in his area of expertise. Among key research achievements include initiation of the malaria research programme at NIMR Mwanza centre and re-introduction of research on snail intermediate hosts and their role in the transmission of schistosomiasis alongside use of molecular techniques in schistosomiasis research. Dr. Safari Kinung'hi also pioneered the establishment of strong collaboration links with higher learning institutions in and outside the country for training, research and supervision of MSc and PhD students at NIMR Mwanza centre.