Sally Mmanyi Mtenga

In the News

Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Sally Mmanyi Mtenga

Research Scientist

Dr. Sally Mmanyi Mtenga is a social scientist trained in Community Development (BSs) as well as in Medical Sociology (MA) and Epidemiology (PhD). She has over 10 years’ experience in community based and public health research and practices. She has specific expertise in social science research on the intersection of social-determinants of diseases and risk behaviors in the areas of HIV, reproductive health and malaria. Her recent work has investigated how social norms, gender, masculinity, policies, health system & social cognitive constructs shape health risk behaviors. Dr. Sally has long experience in mixed methods qualitative research including observations, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and diarists. In recent years she has gain experience on how to design and triangulate mixed quantitative and qualitative studies in community based longitudinal and cross sectional studies. Dr. Sally has supervised undergraduate students from the University of Dar es Salaam. She also has had direct work experience and collaboration with International agencies and organizations such as CARE International in Tanzania, University of Glasgow, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research, Manhica Health and Demographic Site (HDS)-Mozambique, In-depth network and Lambarene HDS-Gabon. National collaboration with Tanzania AIDS Control Program, National Institute for Medical Research, Muhimbili Department of Health and Allied Science and Mwanza Institute of Clinical Trial Unit. Local collaboration with the Kilombero District Council Health Management team. Report writing skills in Kiswahili and English. Good working capacity in Tanzania.

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

Analysing longitudinal population-based HIV/AIDS data in Africa

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