Godfrey Mbaruku

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Godfrey Mbaruku

Research Scientist

Dr. Godfrey Mbaruku was a Research Scientist and former Deputy Director of IHI. His specialty was Obstetrics and Gynecology with 30 years of experience as a medical doctor.The seasoned public health researcher died at his Mbezi Beach home on Sunday September 2, 2018 after short illness and was to be buried at the Kinondoni Cemetery in Dar es Salaam on a Wednesday of September 5, 2018.

Since 2004, he has served as Vice President of the National OBGYN Society (AGOTA). Dr. Godfrey received most of his training at the University of Dar es Salaam, and completed his PhD at Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 2005. He had worked in the fields of reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, primary care and management of health services. As both a clinician and trainer, he played a key collaborative role with local and international organizations in project development, teaching, monitoring and evaluation. As part of these efforts, he worked tirelessly on behalf of local populations, as well as a huge number of refugees from neighboring countries.

In June 2010, The Lancet profiled him as “An Early Hero of Modern Maternal Health.” In that profile, Ann Starrs, President of Family Care International noted: “Godfrey was one of the first heroes of the modern maternal health movement. In Kigoma, he saw the deplorable conditions, and high rate of maternal death, then set about addressing the factors that were causing these problems in a methodical, step-by-step way that was consultative, motivating for staff, sustainable, and highly effective. He showed the way by quiet leadership and inspiration, and is still doing so now.”

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Afrique One African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence

Priority indicators of care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth

Expanded quality improvement for maternal and newborn health using information power

Unmanned aerial vehicles to improve medical delivery in rural and remote communities

Improving obstetric care using non-pneumatic anti-shock garment & closed-user group mobile phones services

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