Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

International Scholar

  •  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

I completed a Fellowship in Global Health Leadership, called the AfyaBora Consortium Fellowship. Between 2015 and 2017, I was a data manager and analyst for the WHO-BMGF proof-of-concept project on elimination of rabies in south-eastern Tanzania. Between 2016 and 2017, I worked as a biostatistician in a project to estimate the health and economic burden of Aflatoxins in Tanzania, an African Union-funded project.

I continue working with partners in the US (UW and PennState) and UK (University of Glasgow) in implementing various Global Health-related trainings. I am currently involved as the onsite PI for a clinical trail evaluating rapid stool diagnostics and probiotic use in children admitted with acute gastroenteritis in Botswana. I also support the Penn Pepfar project in Botswana that is involved in TBHIV care. In this project I support the BUP program and the National TB Program for issues related to pediatric TB and TB/HIV.

Selected publications

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