Blandina Mmbaga

Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute
Tanzania

Working Group Member

Professor Blandina Theophil Mmbaga is the Director of Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Moshi, Northern Tanzania. She is also a Paediatrician at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), a Director of Research and Consultancies at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke Global Health Institute, and recently appointed Adjunct Professor at University College Cork’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Prof Mmbaga’s PhD in Public Health, from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2013 examined perinatal mortality in Northern Tanzania, using Birth Registry Data from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. She provides mentorship and supervision to several students both within and outside Tanzania who pursue their careers in different fields. Prof Mmbaga’s ability to work with multidisciplinary teams in different areas has enabled her to collaborate with researchers in maternal and child health, infectious diseases including tuberculosis, HIV and zoonoses, and non-communicable diseases. She has been leading the zoonoses disease research under the Zoonoses and emerging livestock system (ZELS) networks including zoonoses disease such as anthrax, Brucella, RVF and Leptospirosis SEED and SEBI. Blandina is also leading several other research activities at KCMC and KCRI in infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, Antimicrobial-resistant), fever studies, maternal and child health and recently she has expanded research area to non-communicable; cancer and cardiovascular diseases, trauma and alcohol injuries. She is the site PI for the IMPAACT and ACTG clinical trials in Tanzania at the KCMC clinical research site. She likes to provide mentorship to Junior scientist and faculties and support them in achieving the dream in the research field area.

Coalition working group:
Virology, Immunology & Diagnostics