Institute Profile

Establishment and Mandate

The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a parastatal organization under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoHCDGEC). NIMR was established by the Parliament Act No. 23 of 1979 and became operational in 1980; holding the following mandates:

    • To carry out and promote the carrying out of health research designed to alleviate disease among the people of Tanzania;
    • To carry out, and promote the carrying out of, medical research into various aspects of local traditional medical practices for the purpose of facilitating the development and application of herbal medicine;
    • In co-operation with the Government or any other person or body of persons, to promote, or provide facilities for, the training of local personnel for carrying out scientific research into medical problems;
    • To monitor, control and coordinate medical research carried out within Tanzania, or elsewhere, on behalf of or for the benefit of the Government of Tanzania, and to evaluate the findings of that research;
    • To establish a system of the registration of, and to register, the findings of medical research carried out within Tanzania, and promote the practical application of those findings for the purposes of improving or advancing the health and general welfare of the people of Tanzania;
    • To establish and operate systems of documentation and dissemination of information on any aspect of the medical research carried out by or on behalf of the institute;
    • Carry out, and promote the carrying out of, research and investigation into the causes and the ways of controlling and preventing the occurrence in Tanzania of particular diseases or a category of them;
    • In co-operation with the Government or any person or body of persons, carry out and promote the carrying out of, basic, applied, and operational research designated to provide effective measures for the control of diseases endemic in Tanzania.

 

Research Centres and Stations

The institute has 8 centers and 6 stations in 7 regions of Tanzania which are coordinated by the Headquarters.

 

Our Motto

Advancing Health Research, Enhancing Life

Our Vision

To be a leading institution for advancement of high-quality health research and innovations.

Our Mission

To conduct, regulate, coordinate, and promote health research that is responsive to the needs and wellbeing of Tanzanians.