A World Authority on Malaria and Dengue Fever from Tanzania
Jun 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Dr Zul Premji
A World Authority on Malaria and Dengue Fever from Tanzania


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Premji was born in Iringa, Tanzania, to a somewhat poor Ismaili family who were often on the move. First in Morogoro, then in Tanga, then on the outskirts of Mtwara, he attended a series of public schools: “I did well in my studies and was active in sports, playing soccer, cricket, and volleyball. 

With the support of a university sponsorship, he ended up at the Muhimbili Faculty of Medicine in Dar es Salaam. There he studied Medicine and later Parasitology and began building a reputation as a “malaria guru.”

As a specialist, Premji took part in several influential studies. He was a leader in the Bagamoyo BedNet Project, collaboration with Johns Hopkins University that analyzed the impact of insecticide-treated bed nets. And he helped to pioneer a new diagnostic tool, popularly known as the Rapid Diagnostic Test, that’s now deployed globally for malaria diagnoses, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Zul Premji retired to Calgary in 2016, to help take care of his grandchildren. “With time,” he writes, “hopefully I will return to Tanzania.” Until then, he speaks with the authority of someone who has met with success.