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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

Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia and Japan Embassy Medical Attaché Visited AHRI and ALERT Hospital Emergency center
February 19, 2019 - 14:27

On January 29, 2019 H.E. Mr. Daisuke Matsunaga, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Dr. Shizuko Matsuoka, Japan Embassy medical attaché visited Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) and ALERT Hospital Emergency and Trauma center. The guests were welcomed by Dr. Abebe Genetu, Director General, and Dr. Alemseged Abdissa, deputy Director General of AHRI.

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Meeting on Clinical Research Network initiative took place at AHRI
January 15, 2019 - 16:15

AHRI has conducted one day (10 January 2019) meeting on Clinical Research Network (CRN) initiative with local collaborating higher institutions.

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Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS) Project Annual Review Meeting (October 2-5, 2018)
October 9, 2018 - 12:09

ETHICOBOTS is a 5-year research project (September 2014- September 2019) awarded to a consortium of researchers in Ethiopia and the UK, consisting of epidemiologists, geneticists, immunologists, and social scientists.


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The PAVIA project aims to strengthen pharmacovigilance (PV) in four African countries
May 8, 2018 - 11:21

PhArmacoVIgilance Africa (PAVIA) is a consortium which has recently been funded by the European Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). The PAVIA project aims to strengthen pharmacovigilance (PV) in four African countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Swaziland and Tanzania. To achieve this aim, collaborative support will be harnessed across several institutions in Europe and Africa.

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AHRI’s Researcher & Ethiopian Referee Bamlak Tessema selected for World Cup 2018
April 2, 2018 - 10:17

Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema who is also a researcher at Armauer Hansen Research Institute has been selected by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup which will be held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. 


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