Dr. Chirangi Bwire Dr 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 recent graduate of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she completed her PhD in Behavioural Health Sciences and Global Health. Prior to that, she completed a MSc in Medical Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Kristy now works as a Research Associate at SickKids’ Centre for Global Child Health, where she works with a number of international NGO partners to evaluate the impact of maternal and child health interventions in low-income countries in Africa and South Asia.

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

Research in Tanzania: Drawing on perspectives in medical anthropology and public health, Kristy’s dissertation research applied mixed methods to investigate whether simple smartphone technology can strengthen health system support for community health workers and improve women’s utilization of facility-based delivery services in rural Tanzania. This work was conducted within the context of a Canadian-funded MNCH project implemented by World Vision in Singida Region, 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

Leonard Kamanga Katalambula

Lecturer & Research Fellow.
Department of Public Health.
The University of Dodoma  (Udom).

P.O.BOX 259

Dodoma, Tanzania

Mobile phone:   +255758921000

About Mr Katalambula: Katalambula has a bachelor degree in Human Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health and Food Safety from Sokoine University of Agriculture.

Research interests: Katalambula has a special interest in Nutrition Epidemiology, specifically in factors related to non communicable diseases and maternal and child health. He has strong interest in determining factors related to disease etiologies especially in developing countries.

Currently he is doing a PhD (Nutrition Epidemiology of colorectal cancer in Tanzania) at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

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. Manisha Kulkarni

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 About Manisha:  Dr. Kulkarni completed her PhD at McGill University in 2006. Her doctoral research was based at the Joint Malaria Programme in Moshi, Tanzania, where she worked with partners from KCMC, LSHTM and University of Copenhagen to characterize malaria vector populations and malaria transmission dynamics in highland areas. After graduating, Dr. Kulkarni worked as Malaria Advisor for HealthBridge, where she worked with partners from the Canadian Red Cross and US CDC to evaluate the mass distribution of insecticide-treated nets in Sierra Leone and Madagascar, before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in spatial ecology at the University of Ottawa in 2009. She was subsequently recruited to the federal government through the RPL program, where she worked for several years as an Epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada managing files on climate change adaptation and emerging vector-borne diseases, and as a Health Specialist at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In 2014, she returned to academia as an Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.

Research Interests:  Dr. Kulkarni’s research program investigates the socio-ecological determinants of vector-borne disease emergence and risk in global settings, with a focus on malaria, arboviruses (dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus and West Nile virus) and Lyme disease. She also focuses on maternal and child health. Her current research applies population survey methods, entomological field sampling, molecular analyses and GIS to examine seasonal and spatial patterns of disease transmission and identify populations at risk. Dr. Kulkarni is also interested in evaluating and optimizing vector control interventions to improve the effectiveness of disease prevention efforts, and capacity building in resource poor settings. She actively collaborates with partners at KCMUC and the Pan-African Malaria Vector Research Consortium (PAMVERC) on several projects in Tanzania.  

John LeBlanc, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP 

Dr. John LeBlanc is a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the IWK Health Centre and an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Community Health & Epidemiology.

He is very active in the promotion of early childhood development (ECD) and social and emotional learning (or SEL) in children and youth. He is also active in global health and has two multi-year research projects in Tanzania that focus on teaching non-physicians comprehensive emergency obstetrical and newborn care. He is a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Gambia Association and in March 2017, he, his wife and a friend completed a 425km bike from the border of Senegal to the Atlantic ocean to raise funds.

Andrew Malaika

Andrew is a businessperson in the touring industry and has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. He went to school in the Lake Victoria zone, and later went to the United States to study environmental conservation. On returning to Tanzania, he founded a family company: Jackpot Safaris & Tours. Through his interest in corporate social responsibility, he is linked to the work of Dr. Bwire Chirangi and others in the health field.

Manjale Fred

Bachelor Science, Computer Science
Diploma, Computer Science



Relevant Experience:

Consultant, Green Hope Organisation
Focus:  Environmental and social linkages using models, asset assessments, and community based research methods

Juro Printers
Focus:   Marketing and promotional materials, providing artistic and advertising support for socially relevant issues (i.e., Orphans, Albinoism, etc)

Personal Statement:
The issues and concerns related to human impact on environment and social interactions must take a lead in how we decide, how we make policy, and ultimately in how we build our future on this planet.

Dr. Mange ManyamaManyama

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

Mwanza, Tanzania

 About Mange:  He is Assistant Professor of Anatomy in Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar.

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

He has an interest in the development of medical education in Tanzania through international collaboration. His research interest in medical education is in the evaluation of the transfer or acquisition of knowledge, attitudes or skills on human health among health professionals and medical students.           

Dr. Honorati MasanjaHonorati Masanja

Chief Research Officer, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)

About Honorati:

Dr. Honorati Masanja is the Chief Executive Director of Ifakara Health Institute, a statistician and epidemiologist, with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. Dr. Masanja has extensive experience in data management; clinical trials; design, and evaluation of, large maternal and child health programs. Joining the Institute in 1992, he has lead the successful acquisition and implementation of national and regional projects, whereby the direct impact on strengthening Tanzania’s health system is still seen today. Having participated in the establishment of the Rufiji Health and Demographic Surveillance System (RHDSS), Dr, Masanja became the Principal Investigator for the SAVVY project, a step in Tanzania’s shift towards evidence-based planning and enabling health-sector evaluation. Currently, he is PI of the AMANHI study, whereby alongside colleagues he is leading innovative research on maternal and newborn health by critically evaluating the impact of the Vitamin A supplementation trial. Dr. Masanja’s scientific engagement spans across borders. Having published extensively in international journals and books, he is also an editorial reviewer for the MRC Joint Health Systems Research Initiative, and member of Tanzania’s National eHealth Steering Committee and the Steering Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation. His experience in training Post-Doctoral, Doctoral and Masters students in Tanzania, lead to his 2013 appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology.       

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.

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. Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya

Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Department of Global Health and Biomedical Sciences (GHBMS) of the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LiSBE) of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

About Dr. Mpolya: Dr. Mpolya has a PhD in Theoretical Epidemiology, which he was awarded in 2014 from the Graduate University for Advanced Studied (SOKENDAI) in Japan. As part of his PhD studies he also researched on Science and Society focusing on the Trends of Science and Technology adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa between 1960-2013.  He also holds a Masters in Medical Sciences (MMedSci) with focus on Health Economics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which he was awarded from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, also in Japan. He is an alumni of the University of Dar es Salaam (UD)’s then Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) – now MUHAS – where in 2006 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

Dr. Mpolya’s research interests are multidisciplinary and are in the areas of biostatistics, statistical computing, epidemiology, mathematical epidemiology, health economics and sociology. He engages in analytical works that are relevant in the One Health paradigm. With such a multidisciplinary focus he has worked on analysis of health and economic burden of aflatoxins in selected cereals in Tanzania, analysis of outcomes of rabies elimination through mass dog vaccination in Southern Tanzania, and is engaged in analysis of water, sanitation and hygiene issues in emerging urban areas using Babati town as a case. Furthermore, he is also working on research to improve the outputs in livestock systems in East Africa. He has also supervised students working on mathematical epidemiology of various infectious diseases in the Sub-Saharan context.

He is a Research Affiliate of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine of the University of Glasgow in the UK and also currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Allen School of Global Animal Health of the Washington State University (WSU) in the USA.

Hayley Mundeva

About Hayley:

Hayley Mundeva is a global health researcher and is currently working on two international investigations at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

With family roots in Canada, Australia and Tanzania, Hayley has always been fascinated with global affairs. She went on to major in global health during her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees at UBC and SFU. She has since had the privilege to work in Tanzania for the CCGHR and AMREF. During these pursuits, Hayley became fascinated with stakeholder engagement, and more specifically, how international stakeholders can form bi-directional partnerships with marginalized groups such as women and children in low-income settings. When she is not working, Hayley enjoys spearheading a social enterprise called GH90, which is committed to helping young professionals transition into the global health workforce.

Research interests: Stakeholder engagement; knowledge translation; maternal and child health research; youth engagement

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy 

Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine

Director, School of Nursing and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Health Professions (as of July 1, 2017)

Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, School of Nursing

Dalhousie University

Co-investigator, Nursing Health Services Research Unit (U of T site), Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto


About Gail: Gail is an internationally recognized expert in population needs-based approaches to health systems and workforce planning, capacity-building, evaluation and research. Gail leads and co-leads national and international research teams consisting of clinicians, health care leaders, senior policy-makers, and researchers from government, universities and health care organizations and has been an Expert Advisor on health workforce to the WHO and PAHO since 2005. Her research has been funded by both National and jurisdictional funding agencies as well as ministries of health. Gail is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (

Research interests: health systems strengthening and research (based on population health needs), needs-based health workforce planning, global health, leadership, evaluation, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

 The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research: The Collaborating Centre’s mandate is to build capacity in needs-based health human resources planning within Canada and internationally. It carries out activities in three areas, health systems/workforce planning, capacity-building/ knowledge translation, and evaluation. The Centre involves significant partnerships to build capacity to create and use evidence to inform the critical issues in the planning for HRH. Through the partnerships and networks, the Centre has conducted international research on needs-based health systems and human resources for health (HRH) in Brazil, Jamaica and Zambia as well as a number of more globally based projects. Canadian projects have been conducted in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Nunavut. Currently, the Centre is working with four countries in the Caribbean to develop HRH policies and action plans. Future projects in health systems, health workforce planning and leadership capacity building are being planned in a number of countries, including Canada, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Zambia, other African and pan-American countries. In addition to our country partners, we work with partners in Australia, New Zealand, the US (IntraHealth) and with organizational partners including the International Council of Nurses, MPowering, CapacityPlus, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

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.

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

Deputy Principal for Academics, Research  and Consultancy,  Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS)

About Senga:  Since December 2016, Prof Pemba has joined SFUCHAS as an Associate Professor in Medical Education and also as a Deputy Principal for Academic, Research and Consultancy bringing with him many years of experience in institutional leadership and management. With his main focus on medical education and human resources development, Prof. Senga Pemba has worked with a variety of organizations, including the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Moi University and Uganda Ministry of Education & Sports. For the past 10 years Prof Pemba has worked with the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health where he was Director of the Centre. Prof Pemba is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University in Canada and Honorary Clinical Professor at Warwick Medical School, United Kingdom. Prof Pemba is also a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) and member of the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative.

Research interests:  Prof. Pemba’s main research interests are in advancing micro research and implementation research in priority areas such as adolscent health, NCDs, marternal and neonatal health. In collaboration with other institutions, Prof Pemba has undertaken major studies in the areas of Community health, Maternal health, Human resources for health, Organisational capacity assessment and has published several papers in peer reviwed journals. He is a regular external reviewer of the Canadian Grand Challenges as well as a Regional Trainer for Adolscent Health and Development.

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. 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.

Dr. Karen Yeates, MD, FRCPC, MPH  

Clinician Scientist, KGHRI

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director of Research, Office of Global Health, Queen’s University

Director of Research, Pamoja Tunaweza Research Centre, Moshi, Tanzania

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About Dr. Karen Yeates:  Dr. Yeates’ research focuses on improving access to care for underserviced populations in Canada and in Tanzania.  She is country coordinator for the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study (PURE) Tanzania, which will follow a global cohort of 2000 participants for more than 10 years to measure the impact of lifestyle and environment on development of chronic disease.

Dr. Yeates is a principal investigator on a CIHR-Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases grant ‘DREAM-GLOBAL’ that is focused on the use of mobile phones to reduce hypertension in rural Aboriginal communities in Canada and, in Northern Tanzania.  She was awarded the Rising Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada that used smartphones to screen for cervical cancer. This program is now in transition to scale in Tanzania and other countries through additional funding from Grand Challenges Canada. Karen is co-founder of WEMA Inc. (Women’s health Equity through Mobile Approaches) a not for profit company based in Canada that has the goal of improving health access for women in low-income countries using innovation and mobile technology.

Most recently, Dr. Yeates was awarded $1 million in federal funding to develop a mobile platform to record and monitor the health of pregnant women in Tanzania. The five-year project will implement and test ways of improving the monitoring of pregnant women in for preeclampsia-eclampsia and other important health issues.

Research team:

Jessica Sleeth, MPH

Program Manager, Office of Public Health




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