Dr Mselenge Mdegela

Clinical Research Associate

Mselenge  is an Obstetrician /Gynaecologist with more than 10 years’ experience in providing clinical care to patients in low resource settings. He has more than 8 years’ experience in technical assistance for clinical and public health safe motherhood interventions. He worked in a rural district Hospital in southwest Tanzania (Ludewa) before his post graduate training at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) after which he joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the same University and taught for 2 years. He concurrently worked as a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Muhimbili National Hospital and apart from teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students he conducted and supervised research in reproductive health.

He then worked for Jhpiego – An Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in Tanzania as Medical Education Advisor for two years. In this post his main duty was working with faculty members from medical schools in Tanzania and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University) to review medical curricula and integrate HIV/AIDS and Quality of healthcare components.

Before joining LSTM in 2011, Mselenge provided technical assistance for LSTM and LATH (Liverpool Associate in Tropical Health) in the implementation of the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) package in Tanzania, Somalia, Bangladesh and Kenya. He also did consultant work on maternal health for national and other international organizations. 

Director of Studies for the Diploma in Reproductive Health in Low Resource Settings (DRH), lectures on the Masters in International Health – Sexual and Reproductive Health Pathway (MIPH-SRH) and on the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) course. Provides mentorship to students and supervises research. 

A PhD student conducting research to explore factors associated with healthcare workers in-service training, roles, retention and healthcare delivery in Malawi and Tanzania. 

Experience in operational research which is conducted in tandem with maternal and newborn healthcare interventions implemented at CMNH using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Professional memberships 

Member of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) and the Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Tanzania (AGOTA).

Current Projects

  • Making it Happen

    Capacity building in maternal and newborn care for healthcare providers. Focal person for Nigeria and Tanzania (DFiD, UK-AID)

    Donors: DFID


  • Selected publications

    van Lonkhuijzen LRCW, Ameh C , Mdegela M, Hulsbergen M, Stekelenburg J, van

    den Broek N. Life Saving Skills: Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care training in

    Tanzania, NTOG, 2008 Jun 121 (5): 159-161

    Rose Mlay, Agnes Mtawa, Mselenge Mdegella, Jasper Nduasinde, Mackrine Rugamira, Lena Mfalila 
    African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health 2(1): 18 - 22 (Jan 2008)

    Mdegela MH, Ameh CA. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) and post-partum hemorrhage: a prospective intervention study in Tanzania. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2012;91:DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01312.x (Letter to the Editor).

    Selected reports

    Maternal health from financing to the field. Politics which makes a difference. A compilation report on Uganda, Tanzania and Nepal. Actionaid International, 2009.

    Core Competencies for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Management for Medical Officers in Tanzania. Jhpiego – An Affiliate of Johs Hopkins University Tanzania. September, 2009.

    The effect of Nutrition Supplementation on treatment outcomes among clients on ARVs in Rungwe District (South west Tanzania). Humad Development Trust (HDT). February 2010