The R4HA programme has partnered with the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanzania.


The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization with the responsibility of co-ordinating and promoting research and technology development activities in the country.  COSTECH is the chief advisor to the Government on all matters pertaining to science and technology and the application of science and technology to the socio-economic development of the country.

As a prime driver of science, technology and innovation for sustainable development, the role of COSTECH is to:

  • Advise the Government on all matters related to science and technology, including, but not limited to, the formulation of policy, priority setting for research and development, and the allocation and utilization of resources;
  • Promote, coordinate, monitor and evaluate scientific research and technology development and technology transfer activities in the country;
  • Facilitate national, regional and international cooperation in scientific research and technology development and transfer;
  • Acquire, store, and disseminate scientific and technological information and popularize science and technology;


The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is an organization empowered by the Ministry of Health in Tanzania to provide leadership to all health research institutions in the country.  The institute was established in 1979 to address the need identified by the Tanzania government for the generation of scientific data and information required to develop better methods and techniques for enhancing disease management, prevention and control in the country. NIMR is the largest health research institution and the key board that oversees all regulatory issues of health research in Tanzania.

The functions of the NIMR include:

  •  Promote and carry out medical research designed to alleviate disease among the people of

Tanzania, including traditional medical practices:

  • Facilitate the development and application of herbal medicine;
  • Train local personnel for carrying out scientific research into medical problems;
  • Monitor, control, coordinate and evaluate medical research;
  • Establish a medical research findings registration system;
  • Document and disseminate medical research information;
  • Manage the affairs of Centres vested in the Institute.