Mbeya Medical Research Center is the partnership between the Mbeya Referal Hospital, the Mbeya regional medical office, the National institute for Medical Research, Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at University of Munich, U.S. Military HIV Research Program.
MMRC has been a pioneer in research in Tanzania, studying epidemiology of HIV through cohorts like HISIS and CODE.
MMRC is also involved in social science studies trying to describe the risk behavior for HIV and STI in different study populations.
Also MMRC carries out innovative diagnostics tool research in fields of Malaria and Tuberculosis.
Mbeya is one of Tanzania's administrative regions. The regional capital is Mbeya town.
It is bordered to the northwest by Tabora Region, to the northeast by Singida Region, to the East by Iringa Region, to the South by Zambia and Malawi and to the West by Rukwa Region.
Mbeya Region is occupied by several different ethnic groups including the Nyakyusa, Ndali, Nyiha, Nyamwanga, Safwa, Malila, Vwanji (or Wanji), Bungu, Sangu, Wanda and Sichela.
According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Mbeya Region was 2,070,046
The Mbeya Regions is administratively divided into 8 districts: Chunya, Mbarali, Mbozi, Rungwe, Kyela, Ileje, Mbeya Urban and Mbeya Rural.