The Public Health Laboratory - Ivo de Carneri (PLH-IdC) was established in 1997 by the Government of Zanzibar and built with funds from the Ivo de Carneri Foundation (IdCF), on a land donated by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW). The PHL-IdC was created following recommendations made by the late Professor Ivo de Carneri and it was named in his memory. The late Professor Ivo de Carneri, by then consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Zanzibar in 1988 to assess the progress of the Schistosomiasis Control programme.
In 1997 an agreement was signed between the Ivo de Carneri Foundation and the
Government of Zanzibar for the construction and use of the Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri (PHL-IdC) that was officially opened and became operational on 12th June 2000.
The PHL-IdC was defined as a “semi autonomous” entity in 1997 and then as a “trust” in 2004 but those legal status were never formally institutionalized for several reasons including the fact that they were not recognized officially by the law of Zanzibar.
In February 2013 a request was made by Ministry of Health Zanzibar to the Attorney General’s office to seek legal advice, and the recommendation was that the PHL IdC should operate as Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and registered under the Zanzibar Government Companies Act.
A new Agreement between Ministry of Health Zanzibar and IdCF was signed by both parties, as the Agreement in 2004 was inadequate to enter into this innovative undertaking. Subsequently, the Articles and Memorandum of Association of the CLG were signed, and the Company was legally registered on 21 May 2015.
The PHL-IdC will not be just a private Institution but has been developed as an innovative Public Private Partnership: a pioneering way to deliver free services to the poor, assuring accountable, transparent and efficient use of national and international funding in line with Zanzibar Government policies.
Since 2005, PHL-IdC has become “WHO Collaborating Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)”.