Dr. Bwire ChirangiDr C

Medical Director/Medical Superintendent
Shirati KMT Council Designated Hospital,

Rorya District – Mara, Tanzania

 About Bwiri: Dr. Bwire Chirangi is a Tanzanian Medical Practitioner and director of the Shirati District Hospital in the Mara region of northwest Tanzania. He received his Masters of Science and Public Health (University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2008). Dr. Chirangi continues to be very active as a clinician, teacher, hospital administrator and researcher in Shirati.

 Research interests: Currently funded projects (in collaboration with Dr. Webber):

  • Saving Mothers Project 2015-2017 funded by UK Aid. The focus is on distribution of birth kits with misoprostol and incorporating mHealth initiatives with community health workers in Bunda and Tarime rural districts within the Mara region.
  • Building an Enhanced Cadre of Community Health Workers to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in Rural Tanzania: 2015-2019, funded by IDRC. The work will take place in the Rorya district within the Mara region.

Kristy Hackett MScKristyHackett
PhD candidate

 Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto, CANADA

 About Kristy: Kristy is a PhD candidate in the Health & Behavioural Sciences Program at the University of Toronto. She is also part of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health and was awarded the 2014 W. Garfield Weston Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Kristy hold a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology and an Honours BSc in Life Sciences from McMaster University.

 Research interests: Maternal, newborn and child health; adolescent health, reproductive health, access to healthcare, health systems strengthening, community health workers, ICTs for health.

Drawing on perspectives in medical anthropology and public health, Kristy’s dissertation research applies mixed methods to investigate whether simple smartphone technology can strengthen health system support for community health workers and improve women’s access to maternal health services (skilled antenatal and obstetric care) in rural Tanzania. Kristy’s previous research explored infant feeding and care practices among adolescent women in rural Bangladesh. She has collaborated with several large international NGOs and has contributed to maternal and child health research projects based in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

Dr. Benedikt HallgrimssonHeadshot 2012 1 b

 Professor and Head, Department of Cell Biology
& Anatomy; Senior Associate Dean (Education)

 Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

About Benedikt: Benedikt is a biological anthropologist and evolutionary biologist who combines developmental genetics and bioinformatics with 3D imaging and morphometrics to address the developmental basis as well as evolutionary significance of phenotypic variation and variability. He also is involved capacity development of academic institutions and the role of universities in health and development, both in Canada and in Africa. He is the co-chair of the University of Calgary’s East Africa Regional Council.

 Research interests:  Benedikt’s research is focused on the developmental genetic basis for variation in complex morphological traits with an emphasis on the craniofacial complex and on somatic growth.

Dr. Jennifer Hatfieldjennifer Feb 2015

 Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

 About Jennifer: Jennifer is a social scientist who played a major role in the development and leadership of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSC) Health and Society Program. She was appointed to her new role as Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, effective December 1, 2014, with an overarching portfolio that includes global health, internationalization and community engagement. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (, and chairs the Coalition’s University Advisory Council that currently includes twenty (20) Canadian universities that are institutional members of the CCGHR. Jennifer has a long-standing interest in leadership development, and has been a senior mentor for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Jennifer is a co-chair of the University of Calgary’s Regional Council for East Africa, and a board member of the School of Public Health at the Catholic University for Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Research interests: Jennifer’s research interests include gender research, developing equitable and effective research and education partnerships with institutions in low and middle-income countries; maternal child health and One Health initiatives.

Ola Farid Jahanpour, MDOla

Tutorial Assistant, School of Public Health
Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, CUHAS

 E-mail address:

About Ola:  Dr. Ola, a graduate from CUHAS and currently working at the same institution. She joined School of Public Health in 2013 and since then has been able to participate in a number of projects including those involving baseline studies on health status of the community, maternal health with geographic information system (GIS), nutrition evaluation of under five children and their mothers, and various communicable diseases studies.

Dr. Ola had an opportunity for further studies in qualitative research methods and healthcare epidemiology at the University of Calgary during the winter of 2015, since then she has been involved in qualitative studies including those related with maternal health and hospital acquired infections.

Research interests:  Maternal, newborn and child health; quality improvement of health services, health systems strengthening, hospital acquired infections

Dr. Thecla Kohikohi

About Thecla:  Dr. Kohi’s initial professional education was obtained in Tanzania (Registered Nurse and Midwife) and the United Kingdom (Registered Sick-Children Nurse). She was one of the group of Tanzanian nurses who participated in the Tanzania Project and she obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dalhousie University School of Nursing in the early 1990s.  After returning to Muhimbili University of Health Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, she undertook PhD studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and graduated in 2004. Currently she holds the position of Senior Lecturer at MUHAS where she is engaged in teaching, research, service and consultancy, where she has been a faculty member since 1990, including serving as Dean of the School Nursing from 1997 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2008.  She is a graduate supervisor for a number of nursing PhD and Masters students.

Dr. Kohi also leads other aspects of the Tanzania Nursing Initiative Project, working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and with other project members to provide technical support to the MoHSWs Nursing Training Section. She works closely with the Tanzania Nursing and Midwives Council (TNMC), The Tanzania National Nurses Association (TANNA) and the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to strengthen the capacity of the three organizations to support the ongoing development of the nursing profession in Tanzania. Dr. Kohi has served as a consultant to the Tanzanian MoHSW and other International organizations and she is the author of several peer reviewed publications in professional journals.

Research interests: Dr. Kohi has been the Principal Investigator and leader in various collaborative research and other projects that involve other universities such as the University of California San Francisco and Winona State University in the USA, the International Health Alliance through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Fund (PEPFAR), five African Universities (Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Kwazulu-Natal and Tanzania), and Uppsala and Umea Universities in Sweden.

Dr. Mange ManyamaManyama

 Associate Dean, Weill Bugando School of Medicine
Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS)

Mwanza, Tanzania

 About Mange: Mange holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, an MSc from Makerere University in Uganda, and a PhD from the University of Calgary. He is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at CUHAS. He is responsible for the development of medical education programs at CUHAS, and has a growing interest in the relevance and quality of medical education in Tanzania. He is also interested in institutional capacity building and the role of universities in health and development in Tanzania.

Research Interests: Mange is interested in genetic determinants of craniofacial structures and their roles in occurrence structural birth defects like cleft lip and palate.

Dr. Honorati MasanjaHonorati Masanja

Chief Research Officer, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)

About Honorati: Dr. Honorati Masanja is responsible for overseeing the research portfolio at IHI, which spans from basic science to policy translation and delivery of research findings. He is a statistician and research scientist, having received his training in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He joined the IHI in 1992 as a Data Manager for the SP/66 malaria vaccine trial. Dr. Masanja has published extensively in internationally renowned journals. He also lectures at the University of Dar es Salaam in health information and supervises MSc graduate students.

 Research interests:  Dr. Masanja has over twenty years of experience in conducting clinical trials and evaluation of large maternal, newborn and child health programs. He successful established the Rufiji Health and Demographic Surveillance System for evaluation of health system interventions and the Sentinel Panel of Districts (SPD)—a national platform for evaluating health sector performance and for producing nationally representative population level data on causes of deaths.                                                                                              

Dismas Matovelomat
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Catholic University of Health 7 Allied sciences (CUHAS-Bugando)


About: Dismas Matovelo: Dr. Dismas Matovelo is a registered medical practitioner since 2006 after completion of an undergraduate training at Muhimbili in 2005. Currently I am an Obstetrician & Gynecologist and a researcher at CUHAS, Mwanza Tanzania. I received a Master’s in Obstetrics & Gynecology (Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) in 2011.

Research interests: enthusiastic about improving Maternal and Newborn health outcomes by improving access for women to health services and reduction of maternal mortality.
In 2015, I began a collaborative research with Dr. Jenn Brenner from University of Calgary (UoC) in rural Misungwi District, Mwanza region of Tanzania. Currently funded project (in collaboration with Dr. Jenn Brenner) funded by IDRC is:

• Replicating “Mama-Toto processes” in rural Misungwi District, Mwanza Region: Strengthening health systems to improve Maternal and Newborn Health by integrating Community Health Workers (CHWs) into District Health system.

Vic Neufeld MC FRCPCVN

Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

CCGHR Special Advisor

 About Vic: Vic is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada where for 27 years he served as a general internist, educator and researcher. He was the founding director of McMaster’s Centre for International Health. With a growing interest in health research for development, he left McMaster in 1997 to work as a senior advisor with the Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), focusing on health research priority setting in low and middle-income countries. In 2003, he became the founding National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), and now serves as the CCGHR Special Advisor.

Research interests: Vic continues to have a special interest in health research capacity strengthening, including leadership development, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Sidney Saul Ndeki

Sidney Saul

Health management specialist working with Praxis in Social Service System Development Limited

POSTA HOUSE, 3rd Floor, Room 308, 7 Ghana Avenue,

Dar- es- Salaam, Tanzania

About Sidney Saul  Ndeki:  Dr. Sidney Ndeki worked for more than twenty years as a senior trainer in Health management and as a public health specialist working with various organizations including universities in performing evaluations and health systems research. Recently he worked with a consulting team in the MOHSW Directorate for Policy and Planning to strengthen decentralized Zonal Health Resource Centres and rolled out of essential health interventions and strategies throughout the country. In particular he supported the Zonal Resource Centres and Ministry of Health and Social welfare to exist and develop their strategic plans.

Formal education includes a medical degree from Makerere University in Kampala Uganda, a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MSc in  Health Economics, Epidemiology and Health Planning from the University of Wales, and both a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management and Planning, and a PhD in Health Management from University of Leeds (Nuffield Centre for International  Health and Development).

Research interests:  Research  interest in  Qualitative research in the area  of  Health services especially in Maternal newborn and Child Health, Health Policy, Management  and  Leadership.

He has considerable experience in health systems research and has been Principal investigator for a research project on AIDS education for primary schools and for the NGOTU research project on NGO involvement in policy process. Recently has been involved in an international health system research and has also been part of a collaborative team conducting health systems and health promotion research on sexual health and HIV/AIDS. This research has been part of a community-based intervention programme aimed at reduced sexual risk behaviours among adolescents. Experience with health systems research also includes teaching such research. During the 1990s was a research trainer in the joint programme of WHO’s Health Systems Research Project. His responsibilities included training in many countries in Africa.

Debora Gervas Niyehapic

 Resident Advisor- NEP Tanzania
Johns Hopkins University Institute for International Programs ,

About Debora: Debora Niyeha joined the Institute for International Programs at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. She is the Resident Advisor for National Evaluation Platform (NEP) in Tanzania. Her primary role is to coordinate in country NEP activities and technically support the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to build sustainable national capacity in large-scale evaluation of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and Nutrition policies and programs. With her nutrition background, Debora has a rich experience in implementation and oversight on MNCH & Nutrition programs, monitoring and evaluation and coordinating public and private stakeholders.

Research interests:  Debora’s research interest areas includes human nutrition, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and food security. She has participated in a number of national and international research activities with International organizations including World Vision, Aga Khan Foundation and Simple Works- USA.

Dr. Karin OrselKarin Orsel pic

Associate Professor Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

About Karin:  Dr. Orsel completed her DVM at Utrecht University in 1996 and did locums in several veterinary clinics in The Netherlands. In 1997, she returned to her alma mater, working in the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health. Her active involvement in an epidemiologic study during a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak (2001) motivated her to enroll in graduate studies on this topic, earning an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (2004) and a PhD (2007). In 2008, she and her husband moved to Canada, where she was appointed as at the UCVM, with a focus on epidemiology (especially infectious diseases of cattle). In 2009, she passed the NAVLE examination (enabling her to practice with a full license in Alberta), and the board exam of the European College of Bovine Herd Management.

Research Interests:  As a veterinary epidemiologist, her main interests are disease transmission and identifying risk factors for multi-factorial diseases, using multi-disciplinary approaches. Her research focuses on both beef and dairy cattle. Since lameness is a major health disorder, she focuses on the complex interaction between animal and environmental risk factors, especially in relation to digital dermatitis. In addition, to expand her involvement in Ecosystem Health and One-Health approaches, Karin actively participates in a team conducting research and teaching in the University of Calgary’s annual field school in Tanzania.


Dr. Senga PembaPemba photo

 Director, Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH)
Associate Professor, Saint Francis University College of Health
and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS)

About Senga:  With his main focus on human resources for health, Dr. Senga Pemba has worked with a variety of organizations, including the Tanzanian Ministry of Health. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR). His main current role is as the Director of the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health based in Ifakara.

Research interests:  Dr. Pemba’s main professional interests are in medical education and human resource development, including research related to human resources for health. He is a regular external reviewer of the Grand Challenges Canada. He is also a member of the WHO Human Resource Expert Group (Africa Region).

Professor Paschalis RugarabamuVC

Vice Chancellor
Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS)
Mwanza, Tanzania

 About Paschalis:    Professor Rugarabamu became the CUHAS Vice Chancellor in 2014. To this leadership position, he brings over 25 years of experience of clinical dental services, university teaching, administration and research experience, both in the public and private sectors. He was a founding member of the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) serving in a variety of educational capacities. Since coming to CUHAS, he is committed to “taking CUHAS to the next level”, including a strong commitment to having the university address the health and health-related problems of the 16 million people in the Lake Zone, in a solution-oriented manner as a flagship centre of excellence.

 Research interests: Professor Rugarabamu has publications in oral health, career choice, students’ attitudes toward professional course and medical education.

Dr Jeremiah Seni (MD, MMed).Jeremiah

Lecturer & Research Fellow.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS).

P.O.BOX 1464
Tanzania. East Africa.

Mobile phone:   +255784593000

PhD Fellow (Microbiology & Infectious Diseases)
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

About: I am a medical doctor, clinical microbiologist and lecturer at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) in Tanzania, East Africa since 2008. My research interests are on antimicrobial resistance surveillance and fostering rational use of antimicrobial agents in ensuring that patients with infectious diseases are managed promptly based on laboratory guided results. The motive behind this is based on the fact that despite these diagnostic services being efficiently offered in the tertiary hospitals in Tanzania; most rural health facilities where majority of patients attend routinely lack this capacity. It is my hope that through collaborative efforts through global health partnerships and alliances; these services will be decentralized to the rural/lower health facilities.

My passion is also to cultivate the sense of inter professional and trans-cultural values so as to address and find solutions to the prevailing infectious diseases. I strongly believe that the patients we serve will benefit much from global health collaborative partnerships and alliances; knowledge translation and mentorship programs. This will ultimately ensure healthy and productive community.

I am apparently doing a PhD (Microbiology & Infectious Diseases) under Cotutelle program between the University of Calgary (Canada) and CUHAS (Tanzania) under The Tom Feasby Global Health Scholarship.

Gabriel ShirimaSHIRIMA photo

 Senior Lecturer/Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology Arusha

 About Gabriel: A veterinarian by profession, Gabriel has taught at Sokoine University. He completed a PhD at Glasgow University—his PhD focus was: “The Epidemiology of Brucellosis in livestock and humans in Northern Tanzania”. He joined the Nelson Mandel Institute of Science and Technology in January 2015.

Research interests: Gabriel has a special interest in Eco-One Health issues, focusing on the epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with a special interest in zoonoses, food quality and safety, and global health.

Dr. Frank van der Meer

Frank van der Meer

Assistant Professor  Global Health and Infectious Diseases

University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

About Frank:   Frank van der Meer graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1996. He worked for 1.5 years in large animal practice and returned to the Utrecht University to conduct research on horse reproduction. His strong collaboration with the virology department during that time sparked his still ongoing passion for viruses. Dr. van der Meer completed his PhD on the activity of antiviral compounds to Retro- and Nidoviruses in 2007.
In May 2008 he joined the newly established Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary to teach vaccinology, virology, diagnostics and immunology to veterinary students as a sessional lecturer. Congruently, he continued his postdoctoral research in the Faculty of Medicine, focusing on Human Immunodeficiency Virus infections. In October 2013 he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UCVM. Bovine viral diarrhea virus is of special interest due to its impact on the cattle industry, involvement in the BRD complex and several unique virological features. He currently studies the transmission and evolution of this virus and the consequences of BVDV variability on vaccination strategies. Bovine Leucosis Virus and its impact on the dairy industry is his new target for exploration, a program funded by ALMA and Alberta Milk will start in September 2015 aiming to design a BLV control strategy for Alberta. In collaboration with the beef industry his research group will explore the ‘virome’ of calves with bovine respiratory disease, an ailment that causes major economic losses. Interesting wildlife samples will be evaluated for the presence of herpes viruses. The genes of these viruses are converted into a monitoring tool to study past wildlife migrations over many years. In close collaboration with the Cumming School of Medicine he studies the within-host dynamics of HIV and Hepatitis B.

Research Interests:  Dr. van der Meer’s activities reach well beyond Alberta as a leader in the UCVM/Cumming School of Medicine One Health Field School that takes place yearly in May/June in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in Tanzania. He works with veterinary and Bachelor of Health Sciences students as part of their training in an interdisciplinary team to improve the livelihood of the pastoralist Maasai population. Maasai primarily depends on livestock production for their survival. During the last several years his research in the NCA has focused on the design of workshops for Maasai pastoralists and worm infections in livestock and children. Frank is currently conducting research on Brucellosis (a zoonotic bacterial disease) in collaboration with Tanzanian and UK universities. He also supports research concerning the extent of antimicrobial resistance of bacteria in the NCA and the Lake District of Tanzania. This will add a unique and prominent component to the “One-Health” education and training environment for Tanzanian and Canadian students.

Dr. Gail WebberGW Photo

Department of Family Medicine
University of Ottawa, Canada


About Gail: Dr. Gail Webber is a community family physician and researcher based in Ottawa, Canada. She received a Masters in Women’s Studies (University of York, England, 1992 (and a Ph.D. in Population Health (University of Ottawa, 2008). In 2011, she began her collaborative research with Dr. Chirangi in the Mara region of Tanzania.

Research interests: Gail’s research interests include improving access for women to health services and reduction of maternal mortality. Currently funded projects (in collaboration with Dr. Chirangi) are:

  • Saving Mothers Project 2015-2017 funded by UK Aid. The focus is on distribution of birth kits with misoprostol and incorporating mHealth initiatives with community health workers in Bunda and Tarime rural districts within the Mara region.
  • Building an Enhanced Cadre of Community Health Workers to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in Rural Tanzania: 2015-2019, funded by IDRC. The work will take place in the Rorya district within the Mara region.

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