TTCIH History

A Brief History of TTCIH

TTCIH provides a range of courses in health at national and international arena. It is a pioneer and partner in eLearning for health in Tanzania and beyond. It has an ambition to become an E-Learning hub in Africa thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in our institutions as well as increasing the number of Clinicians and other healthcare workers in Tanzania and beyond. It has participated in major e-learning conferences within and outside the country and has gained significant experiences in developing and delivering e-learning packages to clinicians. TTCIH has entered into partnerships with a number of organizations to adapt and implement e-learning modules in different health areas. 

Who We Are

The Tanzanian Training Centre for International health (TTCIH) is a health training institution, established under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Health, (MoH), the Novartis Foundation and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. The TTCIH aims at supporting the Tanzanian government’s national health reform policy for strengthening human resource development, through providing quality health training, facilities and services.

The TTCIH is situated in the unique Ifakara cluster, a “Centre of excellence” in health training, research and medical practice. 

We have a great history to start our institution.
The Tanzanian training Centre for International Health [ TTCIH] history dates back to the1961 when the Rural Aid Centre [RAC] was opened, financed by the then Basle Foundation for Cooperation with Developing Countries and Supported by the then Swiss Tropical Institute. Since its existence, has been embedded in a cluster of health organizations.




2006- After management and infrastructure restructuring the training centre was inaugurated as the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) with an Assistant Medical Officer [AMO] training programme.


1994- After complete renovation the center was re opened as Clinical Officers Training Centre (COTC)


1990- During the 1990s, owing to poor management and infrastructure maintenance, the training centre fell into decline. In a joint effort the Ministry of health and social Welfare, the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation committed to comprehensively remodeling the centre.


In 1961, Rudolf Geigy, former director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and professor for medical zoology in Basel, together with Julius Nyerere, the later President of Tanzania, opened the Rural Aid Centre (RAC) in Ifakara. Assistance was provided by the Basel Foundation for Developing Countries, an initiative of the Basel-based chemical companies at that time


This unique setting, in rural Tanzania, combines health-related research, training and medical practice , the Rural Aid Centre (RAC) was transformed into a Medical Assistant Training Centre [MATC]


1978- Due to deteriorating in infrastructure of the center ,the Basle foundation supported the renovation and handed over the center to Tanzanian Government. Following a change in the Tanzanian health education system, it was later renamed Clinical Officer’s Training Centre (COTC).