Prof. Joseph T. Karashani Lecture Theatre
Prof. Joseph T. Karashani
Prof. Joseph Karashani was born on 20th September, 1940 at Karagwe Tanzania. He did his primary education at Berega Rubungo and Mugeza Primary schools. He did his Secondary education at Nyakato secondary school and St Andrews College in Dar es Salaam where he obtained the Cambridge school certificate with several distinctions. He went to Makerere University Medical School Kampala between 1958 and 1965 where he obtained the MB ChB degree of the University of East Africa in March 1965.He entered the department of Anatomy at the Queens University of Belfast in 1969 and was allowed to enter a direct PHD programme which he obtained in 1972. He attended several courses in Oxford, UK Fukuoka Japan and USA. He started his university career as a tutorial fellow in Anatomy at University college of Dar es Salaam in 1968 after doing his rural posting in Mpwapwa and Iringa. He was appointed lecturer in Anatomy in 1973 at University of Dar es Salaam. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976 and Professor in 1979.
Prof Karashani first came to UNZA School of Medicine in 1976 as external examiner. He came back repeatedly after that in 1981, 1984, and 1985 before being persuaded to accept an appointment in 1986 by Prof Kopano Mukelabai the Dean of the school of medicine at the time. He arrived in Zambia with his family on 5th March 1986. He contributed immensely to the academic processes of the School heading the Department of Anatomy and facilitating the training of several Zambians to take over from him. He was appointed assistant Dean (postgraduate)
in 1995. Notable virtues for this appointment were recorded as ‘academic stature, commitment and respect he commanded in the School and abroad and also accessibility and approachability. He was dearly loved by students in every generation. Of the 1514 medical graduates from UNZA School of medicine since 1973, 1211 directly passed through his instructional care (accounts for 80%) an immense contribution indeed. He was very instrumental in the establishing of the UNZA Biomedical Research Ethics committee which he headed from 2001 to 2007.