Welcome to Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) was founded in 1970 through the initiative of the Norwegian and Swedish Save the Children organizations seconded by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. The Institute got its name from the Norwegian physician, Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen, who first described the leprosy bacillus (Mycobacterium leprae). AHRI was established as a biomedical research institute located next to the All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Hospital (ALERT).


AHRI acknowledges receiving core-funding from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(Norad) in addition to Ethiopian Government contribution, which it uses to support among other things students' research within the scope of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) programme. These include epidemiological and social studies for characterisation of poverty-related and neglected diseases.

News & Updates

AHRI hosts intern students from Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU)
July 27, 2016 - 12:22

As one of its strategic objectives, AHRI provides training and internship opportunity on a regular basis for postgraduate and undergraduate students coming from universities nationwide. The visiting candidates are registered their host universities on various disciplines of biomedical and health related biotechnology.

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A step closer in developing a test for Tuberculosis: AHRI postdoctoral scientist is co-developer of a novel diagnostic assay ready for field evaluation
May 24, 2016 - 11:23

Tuberculosis ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. The challenges in tackling the disease include that people are tested too late and that the turnaround for most tests is long.

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Annual TB Research Conference and World TB Day Celebration held in Dire Dawa and Haramaya, Eastern Ethiopia
May 12, 2016 - 11:00

“This year’s conference was special as it featured advanced technical deliberations and brought together multitude of stakeholders together” said Dr. Abraham Assefa: Scientific Director of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). Dr. Abraham added: “It also highlighted the government’s renewed commitment to support the health research in general and TB research in particular”

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AHRI Conducted training on good clinical and laboratory practices (GCLP) and clinical trials
April 20, 2016 - 12:03

AHRI conducted a one week training on good clinical and laboratory practices (GCLP) and clinical trials.  A total of 24 junior and senior researchers working in different departments of the Traditional and Modern Medicine Research Directorate of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) participated on the training.

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