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Selemani Mmbaga

Selemani Mmbaga

Research Officer

smmbaga@ihi.or.tz Publication(s)

Data manager with a background in software development

Selemani Mmbaga has a software development background and also skills in data science. He holds a BSc Degree in Information Systems and Network Engineering from St. Joseph University in Tanzania. Currently, he is working as a Research Officer with the Data Systems Unit and also with Data Science Capacity Building project at Ifakara Health Institute.

Mr. Mmbaga began his data management and analysis career at IHI in 2012 as an intern and later on in 2015, after obtaining his first degree, he was employed as Data Officer. He has extensive experience in database designing and management in (MSAcess, MySQL Server, Apache). Mr. Mmbaga also has experience in software development (web and mobile applications), and data analysis using different platforms such as Stata and R.

Recently, he joined the Data Science Capacity Building project team for more training on data science. He is passionate about machine learning and artificial intelligence of infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases. He participated as the co-author is some publications in Malaria and Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

List of the projects he took part as data manager:

  1. Attrition Bioefficacy Chemical Residual/component Degradation Resistance (ABCDR)- Investigating mosquito net durability for malaria control in Tanzania.
  2. Demographic and surveillance system survey (DSS) in Rufiji, Ifakara Rural, and Ifakara Urban–This gathers longitudinal health and demographic data for a dynamic cohort of the population in a specified geographic area.  A census of households was created first at baseline, followed by regular updates of birth, death, in and out migrations.
  3. Tabora Maternal and Newborn Health Initiative (TAMANI)- The project aims to improve quality and access to reproductive, maternal, and newborn health services and to reduce maternal/newborn mortality.
  4. Community and Provider drove Social Accountability Intervention Study (CaPSAI) - Describe and examine how social accountability processes are implemented and operationalized with a focus on understanding behaviors,decision-making processes, and the barriers and facilitators of change, with a view to generalizability and Develop more responsive quantitative measures for social accountability and show the relationship between social accountability and uptake of contraceptives and use and other family planning behaviours.
  5. Homestead Agriculture and Nutrition (HANU) project in Rufiji, Tanzania – The project aim to improve the nutrition and health of children and women in rural Tanzania through the home garden as an integrated, gender-sensitive, agriculture, nutrition and health intervention.  It also explore the use of Agricultural extension workers (AEWs), Livestock officers assisted by Community health workers(CHWs) as a sustainable workforce for providing basic public health and nutrition education in rural communities.
  6. Kizazi Kipya Project - The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach.
  7. Services Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) – is a health facility assessment tool designed to assess and monitor the service availability and readiness of the health sector and generate evidence to support the planning and managing of a health system.
  8. Empowered World View (EWV)- This is the project which has the potential to dramatically increase the effectiveness of World Vision’s community development work, equipping community members to use the same principles that have improved farming methods and incomes to also solve community problems, such as lack of adequate healthcare, educational opportunities, or sanitation.