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MCHRI Seminar Series: Community engagement for maternal-child health interventions design and delivery in low-income countries: Examples from Gambia and Mali

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LOCATION: HYBRID - Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom DAY: Friday, June 23, 2023 TIME: 12pm-1pm LUNCH WILL BE PROVED FOR IN PERSON ATTENDEES

Speaker: Semira Manaseki-Holland FRCP, FFPHM, MRCPCH, PhD, MPH, MBBS, BMedSci Reader in Public Health/Global Health, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham Semira trained as a public health physician in England with joint qualifications in paediatrics. Semira’s research leadership focuses on health systems and maternal-child health, mainly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) over a 25 year period. Semira worked in the English NHS for 9 years after which she intensified her global health research and health systems delivery, including living and working in Mongolia, and Afghanistan.

Semira has worked extensively for WHO HQ, UN agencies, Ministries of Health and NGOs on a variety of settings and health programmes. Semira’s pioneering international work includes conducting the first randomized control trials (RCT) in Mongolia and Afghanistan, on health effects of infant swaddling and non-bone outcomes of childhood vitamin D supplementation, respectively. As CEO for Central Asia for a large multi-national NGO (AKHS) between 2005-2009 she managed the delivery of Afghanistan’s integrated healthcare services in 3 provinces, which ranged from provincial hospitals to district/village clinics. At the same time she supported national health care delivery and reform systems in two remote, mountainous provinces of Tajikistan.

Currently Semira’s research focuses on Mongolia on various aspects of health effects and interventions for air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, delivering a 120 cluster RCT in urban and rural Mali, on community level intervention to improve complementary food, its safety-hygiene and play hygiene, microplastics in child health, and health systems research in India and other LMIC on clinical handover and clinical pathways for non-communicable diseases and maternal healthcare.


The MCHRI Seminar Series highlight compelling clinical topics, innovative research, and the latest developments in maternal and child health, and serves as a forum for engaging in conversations with other researchers and scientists across the community.

Students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to attend the seminars.


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