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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

A contract has been signed for the construction of state-of-the art laboratory facility for AHRI
March 4, 2019 - 16:12

A contract has been signed for the construction of state-of-the art laboratory facility for Armauer Hansen Research Institute. The full cost of the project, 526 million Ethiopian Birr will be covered by the Ethiopian Government. The contract was signed by H.E. Dr. Amir Aman, Minister, Ministry of Health. The construction of the facility is expected to be completed in three years.

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The 18th AHRI Tore Godal Prize Award was conducted on February 14, 2019
March 4, 2019 - 12:30

The AHRI Tore Godal Prize committee every year provides the prize to deserving young scientists.


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Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) Conducted its Annual Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting
February 19, 2019 - 16:36

Comprised of international and national high-level experts, Armauer Hansen Research institutes Scientific Advisory Board /SAB/ has conducted its annual meeting from February 11 to 15, 2019. The board meeting has discussed over the reports of major operations and researches performed by the Institute with the presence of the institute’s senior executive and research officials.


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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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