Dr. Sally Mmanyi Mtenga is a social scientist trained in Community Development (BSs) as well as in Medical Sociology (MA) and Epidemiology (PhD). Currently she is the project leader for the gender formative study that seek to contribute to the improvement of maternal and reproductive health among women and adolescent girls in rural Tanzania, partnering with CARE International. Dr. Sally is also leading the Culture and Bodies project implemented in semi-urban Tanzania. Further to this, Dr. Sally supervises a process evaluation project which seek to improve the health and social services of children working in the mining areas of Tanzania. Recently, she has been assigned a session facilitation role on ‘health inequalities and social-determinants of health’ offered as part of the masters program in public health and research (MScPHR) under Ifakara Health Institute in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University.
Dr. Sally has over 10 years’ experience in community based and public health research and practices. Her specific expertise is on social science research on the intersection of social-determinants of diseases and health behaviors in the areas of HIV, maternal and reproductive health and malaria. She has long experience in mixed methods qualitative research including observations, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and diaries. Dr. Sally’ recent PhD thesis is on “Social-Structural Determinants of HIV vulnerability in Marriage: Role of gender norms, power relations, masculinity, social norms and relationship quality”. This research was implemented in Ifakara town, south eastern Tanzania.
Dr. Sally has supervised undergraduate students from the University of Dar es Salaam. She also has had direct work experience and collaboration with International agencies and organizations such as CARE International in Tanzania, University of Glasgow, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research, Manhica Health and Demographic Site (HDS)-Mozambique, In-depth network and Lambarene HDS-Gabon. National collaboration with Tanzania AIDS Control Program, National Institute for Medical Research, Muhimbili Department of Health and Allied Science and Mwanza Institute of Clinical Trial Unit.
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