Masuma Mamdani is a part-time technical adviser and Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute. The institute has a strong track record of influencing policy and practice through knowledge and research translation working closely with valued partners such as, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Local Government Authorities (LGA), donors and NGOs, who are among the main consumers of our research output. Ms. Mamdani has worked extensively with the Institute, acquiring, developing, and leading projects on health systems and social policy research. As a senior public health specialist her work focuses particularly on issues of vulnerability, access, equity and quality. Ms. Mamdani’s work draws particular attention to gender equality; practical policy analysis and processes in support of equitable change. Ms. Mamdani works closely with Tanzania’s national government as a key member of Technical Working Groups working. She has supported national governments in the development of national and sector strategic plans. She has also taught post-graduate medical and public health students and continues to be involved in individual and institutional capacity development initiatives. Currently, Ms. Mamdani is the PI for the EQUINET-EHB project, a regional research project focusing on the rollout of Essential Health Benefits packages across East and Southern Africa to question the extent that equity is being achieved. Ms. Mamdani has experience of working in several low- and middle-income countries. She has institutional and development agency experience of working with a range of stakeholders – from governments, NGOs and development partners.