Joel Changalucha

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Joel Changalucha

Research Scientist

Phone: 0786123890

Mr. Joel Changalucha is a research scientist for Zoonotic disease in the Department of Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences, where he has devoted much of his time researching on rabies. He has extensive history on One-Health surveillance approaches, with his recent research work been piloting a surveillance system whereby health and veterinary workers report rabies cases, animal bites, use of post-exposure vaccines and mass dog vaccination campaigns using mobile phones designed for submitting this information.

As research scientist, Joel’s interest is on evaluating public health intervention using social and economic approach. His responsibilities include developing cost effective intervention for controlling diseases and the methods of evaluating these interventions. Also, aligning the research needs to existing health and veterinary system to enable smooth integrations of research findings.

Joel brings to his position a well established background in health system and clinical practice of rural settings. Prior to taking research on rabies in 2011, he worked as a clinician in rural facilities. His experience in the operation of the health system in Tanzania helped in sustaining the requirements of the mobile phone surveillance system in Tanzania.

Joel holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Dodoma he obtained in 2010, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Glasgow he received in 2016. He also holds a Diploma in Clinical Medicine from Sengerema Clinical Officers Training Centre he received in 2003.

Learn more about his research work and projects here:


Assessing the progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania

Rabies: integrated surveillance and response systems in resource-limited settings

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