Sokoine University of Agriculture Selected for Seeding Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access Program

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SUA is one of 18 awardees to receive equipment that will build scientific infrastructure to advance research and teaching

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Sokoine University of Agriculture,  Morogoro, Tanzania is honored to be one of 18 awardees from across the globe chosen to receive scientific equipment through Seeding Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access program.

Instrumental Access makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies available to outstanding university departments and research institutes in developing countries. It is the flagship program of Seeding Labs, a US-based nonprofit working to help build sustainable scientific infrastructure that increases research capacity and empowers every scientist to change the world.


Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is one of 18 awardees selected to receive an Instrumental Access 2020 award from a pool of 58 applications received from 20 countries. During the rigorous selection process, each applicant outlined the ways that an infusion of scientific equipment would remove barriers to STEM education and research at their institution—adding crucial scientific capacity.

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The 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science,” says Christina Viola Srivastava, Director of Programs at Seeding Labs. “We welcome them all to our Instrumental Access network and look forward to working with each awardee to strengthen their scientific infrastructure.”

Equipment provides the necessary foundation for other critical resources that allow scientists to generate new knowledge, leverage sustainable funding, and better prepare university students for the scientific workforce.

“It’s critical that all scientists around the world have the tools they need to solve problems that impact us all,” says Melissa P. Wu, PhD, CEO of Seeding Labs.


The 2020 grantees have research interests across biology, chemistry, and engineering, including: drug development, reproductive health, plant science, veterinary physiology, STEM education, minerals engineering, and biomedical engineering. Ten countries are represented, one of which is new to Seeding Labs: Bangladesh.

About Seeding Labs

Seeding Labs is a Boston-based nonprofit empowering every scientist to transform the world. Through a coalition of more than 140 public and private sector partners, Seeding Labs connects scientists in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and opportunities to collaborate with experts in their field—and to use these vital resources to improve education, research, and economic development.

To date, Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program has shipped 255 tons of lab equipment to 80 institutions in 36 developing countries worldwide. Its TeleScience platform, viewed in more than 130 countries, offers a video library of video lab tips and tricks to share scientific expertise remotely. Additional information about Seeding Labs is available at; on Facebook  and on Twitter at @SeedingLabs.


Tanzania Veterinary Journal with the support of its sponsors: Sokoine University of Agriculture (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) and Tanzania Veterinary Association has entered into partnership with EBSCO Publishing. Through this partnership Full text articles published under the title of Tanzania Veterinary Journal (TVJ) will now be indexed in EBSCO database.  EBSCO Publishing (EP) Inc. principal place of business is at 10 Estate Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States of America.

TVJ expect to bank on the experience and large base of EBSCO database subscribers to make its articles more discoverable and reach its intended end users worldwide for better contribution to the development of science and to that of the society.

Visit EBSCO page to learn more about EBSCO. In addition to this and future partnerships, articles published in Tanzania Veterinary Journal will also continue to be accessed through African Journal Online (AJOL). Follow TVJ links in to read the current and previous issues of TVJ

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The SUA Vice Chancellor, Prof Raphael Chibunda visited the recently renovated Microbiology/Parasitology laboratory and insisted on sustainable use of the facility and other laboratory facilities at the college

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From left, Prof Raphael Chibunda (VC), Prof Elliot Phiri (Head of Department, Veterinary Physiology), and Prof Amandus Muhairwa (Principal, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences)


The Vice Chancellor made the visit to appreciate the updates on the renovation of the laboratory and installation of new equipment, as part of the ongoing project; “Improving the quality of youth education in veterinary sciences in Tanzania through improvement of teaching conditions at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences”. The project is funded by the Polish-Aid programme 2019, co-financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland.

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Prof Kassanga (Head of Department, Department of Microbiology) explains the progress of the project to the VC



Professor Chibunda urged the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to build the culture of undertaking regular maintenance of laboratory facilities. He added that one of the best ways of cherishing the donations from college partners is to use internal resources to maintain them and ensure they are sustainably used.

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Through the project, the College expects to receive more important laboratory equipment including 24 modern digital microscopes and accompanied teaching facilities.

Deputy Ambassador for Poland in Tanzania visits CVMBS

On course of the ongoing project titled “Improving the quality of youth education in veterinary sciences in Tanzania through improvement of teaching conditions at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which is funded by the Polish aid programme 2019, co-financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland. The Deputy Ambassador for Poland in Tanzania, Dr Ewelina Lubieniecka visited the College on 25th November 2019 aiming at evaluating the progress of the implementation of the project Dr Awelina was impressed by the progress made by the project within the shot time of implementation and promised further support to the SUA in meeting its education provision goals.

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