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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

Two AHRI staff win EDCTP Fellowship Grant
April 30, 2020 - 10:10

Dr Martha Zewdie and Dr Rosa Tsegaye receive research funding from European and Developing Countries Partnership in Clinical Trail (EDCTP) to investigate immune response to mycobacterium and apply machine learning approach to predict antibiotic resistance phenotypes of TB isolates from Ethiopia patients, respectively. Congratulations!

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SIDCER renews recognition of the AHRI/ALERT Ethics Review Committee
February 12, 2020 - 21:08

The strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) in collaboration with the Pan-African Bioethics Initiative (PABIN) renews recognition of the AHRI/ALERT Ethics Review Committee (AAERC) for its compliance with the declaration of Helsinki, International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards, Council for International Organiza

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TBGEN Africa project annual meeting was held
January 27, 2020 - 10:27

TBGEN project annual meeting was held on the 18-19 January, 2020 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The event took place with the presence of researchers from partner countries, international collaborators and international advisory board. Report on project progress, poster presentations, state of the art lectures and Discussions on way forwards have taken place.

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Our own Dr. Tore Godal has been awarded the Norwegian King's Medal of Merit
November 26, 2019 - 14:11

Our own Dr. Tore Godal has been awarded the Norwegian King's Medal of Merit, Oslo, Norway on 23 Nov 2019. Dr. Tore Godal was the Director of AHRI from 1970 to 73 when he did extraordinary research on Leprosy Immunology and Drug Resistance. His work not only helped us to understand the immunology of Leprosy but also improved the treatment of the debilitating disease.

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The Government of Norway launched a strategy to combat Non Communicable Disease in Low income countries
November 26, 2019 - 14:03

The Government of Norway launched a strategy to combat NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) with the motto "Better Health, Better Lives". "The strategy aims to contribute to reducing the number of premature deaths (death below the age of 70) from NCDs in low-income countries by a third by 2030 and generally to improve people's health through the life course." I hope other countries follow suit.

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