Dr Mselenge Mdegela

Clinical Research Associate

Mselenge trained as an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in Tanzania for six years before joining LSTM as a public health researcher in sexual and reproductive health within the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH). His are of interest is in reproductive health, obstetric care and human resources for health.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in providing technical assistance for clinical and public health interventions towards improving maternal and newborn health in low resource settings.

He has worked as Medical Education Advisor for Jhpiego – An Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in Tanzania, a post which he held for 2 years. In this post he spearheaded integration of HIV/AIDS in the curricular of medical schools in Tanzania and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University).

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.

Mselenge works as part of the Emergency Obstetrics Care (EmOC) team within the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH). The team is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and evaluation of EmOC interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.

Convenor for TROP 926 Module, ‘Human Sexuality and Sexual health’, lectures on the Master's in International Health – Sexual and Reproductive Health Pathway (MIPH-SRH), the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and the Diploma in Reproductive Health in Low Resource Settings (DSRH). He provides mentorship to students and supervises research. 

He is conducting research to explore factors associated with retention of healthcare workers in Malawi and Tanzania. Also he has experience in operational research which is conducted in tandem with maternal and newborn healthcare interventions conducted by CMNH using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Current Project:

UNICEF funded project to improve quality and integration of maternal and newborn health in Tanzania.



Selected publications

  • 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