Focus on fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases and Intensify people's health since 2000

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We have more than 14 years of experience

The Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri (PHL-IdC) is an integral part of the local health care system in Zanzibar, and a reference centre for monitoring and evaluation of national control programs for endemic diseases and implementing related operational research and studies.

The PHL-IdC  run through a Public Private Partnership,  It works closely with  Ministry of Health- Zanzibar and the Ivo de Carneri Foundation (Milan, Italy) and WHO. It collaborates with national and International scientific institutions  to implement global strategies of disease surveillance and control.

The PHL-IdC’s premises are located in Wawi, in the district of Chake Chake, which is one of the four districts of Pemba island.

In more than 14 years of activities, PHL-IdC has become one of the referral centres in Sub- Saharan Africa for the control of endemic diseases.

Its position as WHO Collaborating Centre gives special emphasis to the study and control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, including schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.

PHL-IdC is well equipped, has competent staff and can carry out efficiently operational research trials that could support decision making and priority setting in the local health policy strategy, and provide innovative and evidence-based information to the international scientific community.

PHL-IdC is willing to expand its research activities through new international links and collaboration, and to offer its infrastructure and personnel to assist visiting researchers.



PHL-IdC laboratories are well equipped and undergo transformation in terms of the technology to suit project demands. To mention few, in recent years PHL-IdC has installed Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) facilities, ELISA readers, automation technologies (Bactec) mostly for bacteriology work, teaching microscopes with video and camera devices.



Water and power are provided by the main lines. To guarantee high reliability of electricity and water;  two back-up generators and more than 16KW of solar power and  six water reservoir tanks supplied by bore hole at  PHL-IdC are available.


Field facilities

For the implementation of some Projects, temporary office centers and facilities for the
fieldwork are set up in the Districts, in collaboration with the local health authorities.

Quality standards

The importance of quality in the functioning of health care laboratories is well recognized globally; more importantly in developing countries. The poor quality of laboratory results can lead to inappropriate interventions. PHL-IdC practicing the principles of quality assurance generate relevant, reliable and cost-effective results.

PHL-IdC  offers customized QA and standardization programs to help laboratories improve the quality and reliability of their measurement procedures.