Andrew Mgaya

Affiliated Researcher at Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH); International Maternal and Reproductive Health and Migration

Visiting address:
MTC-huset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B, 2 tr
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Akademiska sjukhuset
751 85 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Academic degree:

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Medicine (MMed-OBGY), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Professional Work:

Researcher at Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Senior Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania

Senior Lecturer at St. Joseph University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Area of Interest:

Clinical Audit and Interventional Research in Maternal and Sexual Reproductive Health.

Keywords: maternal health clinical audit interventional research digital health technologygy

Improving standards of maternal and sexual reproductive health in Tanzania

Low income countries such as Tanzania continues to have suboptimal maternal and sexual and reproductive practices as a consequence of deeply rooted unhealthy cultural sexual reproductive practices and uneven distribution and utilization of emergency obstetric and newborn health services. While progress has been made in combating mother to child transmission of HIV and malaria in pregnancy, there is an additional burden of non-communicable disease during perinatal period, commonly anaemia, hypertensive disorders, heart disease and gestational diabetes.

Interventional Research that continuously upgrade health care services and promtåoet access to locally available health resources are reliable tools for improving standards of maternal, adolescents and newborn care. These tools are expected to monitor and act upon the quality gaps in structure, process and outcome in obstetric and reproductove health care that ought to be demand driven, evidence based, timely and patient centered. Thus, the essence of my continuing engagement in Clinical Audit and Interventional Research.

On the health care providers’ point of view, adaptation of obstetricians and midwives to use routinely collected data and E-health solutions for quality improvement in health care has not been widely described and well setup in Tanzania. Evidently, Digital Health Technology can enabled the health system to become responsive to the needs of women and families by ensuring: a) early identification of health risks and determinants of disease, b) linkage to the appropriate level of care, c) adherence, continuity, and comprehensiveness of care and, d) efficient use of resources. This is a new areas of interest in coming research in low income settings, Tanzania

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Andrew Mgaya