Centre for Educational Development in Health  Arusha

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P.O. Box 1162, Arusha, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2548281, 2504327, 2504028
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The mission of CEDHA is to contribute to quality health care delivery through human resource development, conducting operational research, offering consultancy services and networking.



CEDHA was established in 1983 as a professional human resources development institute operating under the Directorate of Human Resources for Health in the Ministry of Health, Tanzania.

The aim of CEDHA is to strengthen and support the health-care system by improving the relevance and efficiency of human resources training for health.  The centre gives support to health personnel schools of the Ministry of Health and non-governmental organizations by conducting a one-year diploma course in health personnel education and short courses for health personnel in a wide range of disciplines including teaching methodology, assessment of students, curriculum development, health management and planning, primary health care, syndromic management of sexually transmitted diseases, and health systems research. Since 1983 many health personnel from Eastern and Southern Africa have studied at CEDHA.

The development of the various programmes has been the result of support provided by the Ministry of Health and collaboration with other organisations.  For example for 10 years the German Foundation for International Development (DSE) has supported CEDHA and the Ministry of Health in strengthening zonal centres through competency building in training skills, management, and public health.  The London- based Health Link Worldwide has worked with CEDHA in the development of resources centres in the country.  The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the health learning materials development programme at the centre and supported the initial AIDS network in sub-Saharan countries.  CEDHA has been a WHO Collaborating Centre in health learning materials and in health systems research. For the past 17 years, CEDHA has been receiving financial support from the Interchurch Coordination Committee (ICCO) based in the Netherlands, for conducting short courses for health workers in form of continuing education.


The centre is located in Arusha Municipality in the Northern circuit of Tanzania.  It is about 250 metres from the junction of Moshi – Arusha – Nairobi Road and Simeon Road; and about 500 metres from Arusha International Conference Centre. It commands a magnificent view of Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania.



The services offered at CEDHA include training, conducting research, production of health learning materials, consultancy, and venue for workshops. Furthermore, CEDHA is a resource centre supporting health information needs of health workers in five regions namely, Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Singida and Tanga.



CEDHA offers long and short courses for health personnel. The long course is on Health Personnel Education. The course is of one year duration leading to a Diploma. The short courses include, curriculum development, educational measurement, health management, health systems research, community based health care, and syndromic management of sexually transmitted diseases.


CEDHA collaborates with institutions within Tanzania, African region, as well as institutions abroad in conducting research. For instance, through a programme supported by the Norwegian Council of Universities’ Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU), CEDHA collaborates with Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College of the Tumaini University, and University of Bergen, Norway; in conducting health systems and health promotion research in Kilimanjaro region through a comprehensive community-based intervention programme. The aim of the programme is to provide sexual and reproductive health information and skills to adolescents and youths in order to reduce STD/HIV-related risk behaviours. Also, CEDHA is involved in a research programme focusing on non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) roles and relationship with the public sector in Tanzania and Uganda, through collaboration with University of Makerere, Uganda; University of Leeds, United Kingdom; and University of Bologna, Italy. The research is due to start this year (2002) and is funded by the European Commission.

Health learning materials production

Within the centre there is a health learning materials unit equipped with modern facilities for the production of learning materials. A variety of health learning materials has been produced and distributed to health workers and training institutions, throughout Tanzania.

Workshop facilities

The physical environment at CEDHA is an ideal setting for participants who attend courses, workshops, and seminars. The centre has 3 classrooms equipped with audio-visual teaching facilities. CEDHA provides accommodation and meals for course participants. About 100 participants at a time can be accommodated in the hostel at the centre. Within the centre there is a computer room equipped with 13 desktop computers for training purposes.

Consulting services

CEDHA had offered consultancy services to various organizations. Examples of major assignments undertaken are as follows:


Evaluation of Primary Health Care for WHO/AFRO


Evaluation of training of Health Systems Research for WHO/AFRO


Assessment of Health Systems Research for WHO/AFRO


Resource centre of HIV/AIDS information exchange for East, Central, and Southern Africa

Resource Centre

Within CEDHA there is a library with an extensive selection of books, journals, and periodicals in various fields. The library has computers connected to the Internet, thus facilitating literature search. Also, CEDHA has a bookshop with a variety of textbooks in the medical field.


CEDHA is organized in five departments namely administration, health personnel education, health learning materials, public health, and management studies.


Administration Department

The department oversees all administrative matters including personnel, finance, budgeting, logistics, accommodation, and catering.  There are three support units within the department, namely catering and accommodation, accounts, and stores & supplies.

Health Personnel Education Department

The main activities under this department include training, conducting research, and providing consulting services in health personnel education. The training is in form of long course, short courses, and distance education.

Health Learning Materials Department

The department provides support to learning by producing up to date learning materials. Other activities include training and providing consulting services in health learning materials. The library, print shop, and bookshop are under the auspices of this department.

Public Health Department

The main activities under this department include training, conducting research, and providing consulting services in a wide range of public health.

Department of Management studies

Training, conducting research, and providing consulting services in health management and planning are the main activities under this department.


CEDHA collaborates with various institutions and organization within and outside Tanzania. These include:


Norwegian Council of Universities’ Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) - supports health systems research and health promotion programme focusing on young people’s reproductive health in Moshi rural districts.


Interchurch Coordination Committee (ICCO) - supports short courses programme at CEDHA.


Ministry of Health/United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -supports capacity building of health workers in 10 districts of  Arusha and Manyara regions, so that the districts are able to provide quality reproductive and child health care services.


Ministry of Health – supports capacity building in management skills for Council Health Management Teams in Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, and Singida regions.


Health Link Worldwide – supports the development of resources centres in district hospitals and Zonal Training Centres.


ITI - supports strengthening of District Health Management Systems in ITI supported districts.



The centre has 50 staff, 10 being academic and 40 support staff. The staff are experienced and specialised in a wide range of fields such as medical education, health management and planning, public health, research methodology, computer documentation, lithographic technology, graphic art design, catering, and office management. The list of senior staff is as follows:


1.  Dr. Ndeki S.S. MB CHB (Makerere), DPH  (Dar-es-Salaam), DAPM (Leeds), MSc (Wales), PhD (Leeds)
2.  Dr. Masatu M.C MD, MSc (Dar-es-Salaam), PhD (Bergen)
3.  Dr. Martin D.E DPH (Royal Society of Health London), MD (Dar-es-Salaam), Mphil (Bergen)
4.  Dr. Mboya B Dipl. HPE (CEDHA), MSc (Wales)
5.  Dr. Masanja C.H MD (Dar-es Salaam), MPH (Antwerp)
6.  Dr. Jincen C MD (Dar-es-Salaam), MPH (Leeds)
7.  Mrs. Lyimo C Dipl. Nursing (Muhimbili), Dipl. P.H.C (Manchester)
8.  Mrs. Ndeki F Dipl. Nursing (KCMC), MSc (Manchester)
9.  Mr. Mwesiga J Dipl. HPE (CEDHA), DAPM, MA, (Leeds)
10. Mrs. Hanai L Dipl. HPE (CEDHA), MSc (Dundee)
11. Mr. Muhochi, D ADHA (Mzumbe), MA (Leeds)
12. Mr. Lendita W Dip.Lib (Makerere), MSc (Leeds)
13. Mr. Ngowi G Cert. IST (Indiana, USA)
14. Mrs. Kweka H ADPA (Mzumbe)


In the near future, CEDHA envisages offering the following courses:


Master of Science in Health Personnel Education


Master of Science in Health Management and Finance