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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

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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November 4, 2019 - 09:29

Dr Francis Collins, one of the world’s prominent scientists, who led the international Human Genome Project that mapped out humanity’s genes for the first time , and now holds the reins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States, directing billions of dollars of the research investment every year and his colleagues, Dr Roger Glass, Associate Director for International Research,

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AHRI’s Researcher & Ethiopian Referee Bamlak Tessema officiated matches in the 2019 African cup of nations
August 14, 2019 - 23:01

Bamlak Tessema, a researcher at Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) who is also FIFA listed international referee recently officiated four high-profile matches including the semifinal tournament between Senegal Vs Tunisia in the recent 2019 African cup of nations, held in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July 2019.

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A Trial of a Shorter Regimen for Rifampin-Resistant Tuberculosis
March 18, 2019 - 14:28


Cohort studies in Bangladesh showed promising cure rates among patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who received existing drugs in regimens shorter than that recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2011.



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