Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

International Scholar

  •  Senior Lecturer | Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
  •  Tanzania, United Republic of
  •   Biostatistics | Environmental health | Epidemiology | HIV/AIDS | Nutrition

Languages: Swahili (native), English (Full Professional Proficiency), Japanese, (Limited Working Proficiency)

Bio statement

I have Bachelor degree in Nursing (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), a Masters of Medical Sciences (Tohoku University,Japan) and a PhD in Theoretical Epidemiology (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan). Right after my first degree I was employed by the UW PEPFAR-funded International Training and Education Center for Health - ITECH in Tanzania as a Curriculum Assistant, my first involvement in Global Health. Currently I am a Lecturer at the Department of Global Health at NM-AIST and I'm working with several partners in Global Health. I have also just completed a Fellowship in Global Health Leadership with AfyaBora.

Recent global health projects

1. Participation in the Global Infectious Diseases Research Training Program
This is a D43 Grant which we won to enhance the capacity in research leadership in TB and nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the five years, the program will recruit a total of six post-doctoral research fellows to whom we aspire to impart research leadership knowledge and skills.
2. Clinical Trial to optimise the doses of Rifampicin and moxifloxacin for the treatment of drug-susceptible pulmonary TB
In this clinical trial which is a collaboration between European institutions and African institutions, we are aiming at determining the safety and effectiveness of doses of rifampicin and moxifloxacin in reducing the duration of treatment of TB. It is implemented in four African countries: Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Gabon. I am the clinical trial statistician.

Selected publications

Richard Erasto Sungura, Gabriel Shirima, John Spitsbergen, Emmanuel Mpolya, John-Mary Vianney. A case-control study on the driving factors of childhood brain volume loss: what pediatricians must explore. PLOS ONE 17(12): e0276433. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276433

Rogath Msoffe., Matilda Hewitt., John P. Masalu., Marceline Finda., Deogratius R Kavishe., Fredos O. Okumu., Emmanuel A. Mpolya., Emmanuel W. Kaindoa., Gerry F. Killeen. Participatory development of practical, affordable, insecticide-treated mosquito proofing for a range of housing designs in rural southern Tanzania. Malar J 21, 318 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-022-04333-0

Duamor, C. T., Lankester, F., Mpolya, E., Ferguson, E. A., Johnson, P. C. D., Wyke, S., Cleaveland, S., Hampson, K., & Kreppel, K. (2022). Participation in mass dog vaccination campaigns in Tanzania: Benefits of community engagement. Frontiers in Public Health, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.971967

Duamor CT, Hampson K, Lankester F, Lugelo A, Mpolya E, et al. (2022) Development, feasibility and potential effectiveness of community-based continuous mass dog vaccination delivery strategies: Lessons for optimization and replication. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 16(9): e0010318.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0010318

Byashalira, K. C., Chamba, N. G., Alkabab, Y., Mbelele, P. M., Mpolya, E. A., Ntinginya, N. E., Shayo, P. M. J., Ramaiya, K. L., Lillebaek, T., Heysell, S. K., Mmbaga, B. T., Bygbjerg, I. C., Mpagama, S. G., & Christensen, D. L. (2022). Impact of early diagnosis of impaired glucose regulation in tuberculosis: Comparison of clinical outcomes in people with tuberculosis in Tanzania. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 27(9), 815–822. https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13806

Richard James Mabilika, Gabriel Shirima and Emmanuel Mpolya; Prevalence and predictors of antibiotic prescriptions at primary health care facilities in the Dodoma region, Central Tanzania: a retrospective, cross-sectional study; Antibiotics 2022, 11,1035. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics11081035

Richard Sungura, Gabriel Shirima, John Spitsbergen, Emmanuel Mpolya, John-Mary Vianney; The focused quantitative EEG biomarker in studying childhood atrophic encephalopathy; Sci Rep 12, 13437 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-17062-w

Grantina Modern, Emmanuel Mpolya, Elingarami Sauli, Causal relationship between Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED), Poor WaSH practices and growth failure in children from Rukwa-Tanzania, Scientific African, 2022,e01281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2022.e01281.

Stephen Gabriel Mbwambo; Nakei Bubun; Emmanuel Mbuba; Jason Moore; Kasiani Mbina; Dismas Kamande; Moses Laman; Emmanuel Mpolya; Olukayode Odufuwa; Tim Freeman; Stephan Karl; Sarah J Moore; Comparison of cone bioassay estimates at two laboratories with different Anopheles mosquitoes for quality assurance of pyrethroid insecticide-treated nets. Malaria Journal 21, 214 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-022-04217-3

 Mabilika, R.J., Mpolya, E. and Shirima, G. Prevalence and predictors of self-medication with antibiotics in selected urban and rural districts of the Dodoma region, Central Tanzania: a cross-sectional study. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 11, 86(2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-02201124-9

Mpolya EA, Lembo T, Lushasi K, Mancy R, Mbunda EM, Makungu S, Maziku M, Sikana L, Jaswant G, Townsend S, Meslin F-X, Abela-Ridder B, Ngeleja C, Changalucha J, Mtema Z, Sambo M, Mchau G, Rysava K, Nanai A, Kazwala R, Cleaveland S and Hampson K (2017) Toward Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies: Experiences from Implementing a Large-scale Demonstration Project in Southern Tanzania. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:21. doi: 10.3389

Mshida, H. A., Kassim, N., Mpolya, E. & Kimanya, M. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Associated with Nutritional Status of Under-Five Children in Semi-Pastoral Communities Tanzania. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, -, doi:doi:10.4269/ajtmh.17-0399 (2018)

David Z. Munisi, Joram Buza, Emmanuel A. Mpolya, Teckla Angelo and Safari M. Kinung’hi, “The Efficacy of Single-Dose versus Double-Dose Praziquantel Treatments on Schistosoma mansoni Infections: Its Implication on Undernutrition and Anemia among Primary Schoolchildren in Two On-Shore Communities, Northwestern Tanzania”, BioMed Research International, vol 2017, Article ID 7035025, 13 pages, 2017. doi: 10.1155/2017/7035025

Hoyce Amini Mshida, Neema Kassim, Martin Epafras Kimanya and Emmanuel Mpolya, “Influence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices on Common Infections among Under-Five Children in Longido and Monduli Districts of Arusha, Tanzania”, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, vol. 2017, Article ID ID 9235168, 8 pages, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/9235168

Katalambula L.K., Meyer, D. N., Ngoma, T., Buza, J., Mpolya, E., Mtumwa, A. H., & Petrucka, P., (2017). Dietary pattern and other lifestyle factors as potential contributors to hypertension prevalence in Arusha City, Tanzania: a population-based descriptive study. BMC Public Health, 17. 659


Last Updated: 28 March 2023