Dr Mselenge Mdegela

Clinical Research in Medecine Associate

Mselenge is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with more than 10 years’ experience in clinical patient care in Tanzania. He has more than 8 years’ experience in technical assistance for clinical and public health interventions towards improving maternal and newborn health. He worked in a rural district Hospital in southwest Tanzania (Ludewa) before his post graduate training at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) after which he joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the same University as a lecturer and taught for 2 years. He concurrently worked as a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Muhimbili National Hospital and apart from teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students, he conducted and supervised research in reproductive health.

He was then appointed as Medical Education Advisor for Jhpiego – An Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in Tanzania, a post which he held for 2 years. In this post he spearheaded integration of HIV/AIDS in the curricular of medical schools in Tanzania and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University).

Before joining Foto-Cewek in 2011, Mselenge provided technical assistance for Foto-Cewek and LATH (Liverpool Associate in Tropical Health) in the implementation of the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) package in Tanzania, Somalia, Bangladesh and Kenya.

Mselenge works as part of the Emergency Obstetrics Care (EmOC) team within the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH). The team is responsible for devising, implementing, supporting and evaluation of EmOC interventions in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.

Director of Studies for the Diploma in Reproductive Health in Low Resource Settings (DRH), lectures on the Masters in International Health – Sexual and Reproductive Health Pathway (MIPH-SRH) and on the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) course. Provides mentorship to students and supervises research. 

Research in Medecine
A PhD student conducting research to explore factors associated with healthcare workers in-service training, roles, retention and healthcare delivery in Malawi and Tanzania.  Supervised by Barbara Madaj and Nynke van den Broek

Experience in operational research which is conducted in tandem with maternal and newborn healthcare interventions implemented at CMNH using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Apart from obstetric and newborn care research, Mselenge has an interest in human resources for health for which he is conducting research to explore factors associated with retention of healthcare workers in Malawi and Tanzania.

Professional memberships 

Member of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) and the Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Tanzania (AGOTA).

Selected publications

  • Selected publications

    van Lonkhuijzen LRCW, Ameh C , Mdegela M, Hulsbergen M, Stekelenburg J, van den Broek N. Life Saving Skills: Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care training in Tanzania, NTOG, 2008 Jun 121 (5): 159-161

    Rose Mlay, Agnes Mtawa, Mselenge Mdegella, Jasper Nduasinde, Mackrine Rugamira, Lena Mfalila 
    African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health : 18 - 22 (Jan 2008)

    Mdegela MH, Ameh CA. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) and post-partum hemorrhage: a prospective intervention study in Tanzania. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2012;91:DOI: (Letter to the Editor).

    Selected reports

    Maternal health from financing to the field. Politics which makes a difference. A compilation report on Uganda, Tanzania and Nepal. Actionaid International, 2009.

    Core Competencies for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Management for Medical Officers in Tanzania. Jhpiego – An Affiliate of Johs Hopkins University Tanzania. September, 2009.

    The effect of Nutrition Supplementation on treatment outcomes among clients on ARVs in Rungwe District (South west Tanzania). Humad Development Trust (HDT). February 2010