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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

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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2018, World TB Day at AHRI
March 27, 2018 - 09:52

The 21st World TB Day has been commemorated in Ethiopia on March 24, 2018 with a theme “Leaders play vital role to End TB”. As in the past years, AHRI takes this initiative to disseminate knowledge about TB: overall disease transmission, clinical presentations, public health measures and interventions to control the disease.

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Ethiopia joins CEPI, the global coalition fighting epidemics
March 12, 2018 - 13:52

As the first African country to partner with CEPI, Ethiopia helps fill a critical gap in the fight against the next Ebola or Zika

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