Students and supervisor

Antony Nyerere is a  PhD candidate focusing on “Development and Evaluation of a Household-Driven Strategy for Controlling Taenia solium Infections in Humans and Pigs in Tanzania.” With a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics, he possesses a strong foundation in analytical and research skills. Antony’s experience includes serving as a Program Manager within the CYSTINET-Africa consortium, where he excelled in coordinating multifaceted projects. His adaptability and willingness to take on new challenges were evident in his role as a Project Logistics Coordinator for the NeuroSolve Project. Antony’s expertise in impact evaluation, project management, and strategic planning was honed during his tenure as a Technical Service Coordinator in the USAID Kizazi Kipya project. His ability to work effectively within cross-functional project teams underscores his strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

I’m Fredy Mlowe, a Veterinarian with a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology. I am currently a PhD student under NeuroSolve Project. I am advancing my research interest on Taenia solium infections, a neglected tropical disease in sub Saharan countries including Tanzania. My research work is focusing on addressing the translation challenges and strategies for health education and serological test adoption by relevant government institutions to facilitate routine health education delivery and serological screening test for the control of T. solium infections in Tanzania.

Mary-Winnie is a public health specialist. She has a Medical Degree and Masters of Science in Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College. Her research work at National Institute of Medical Research-Muhimbili Medical Research Centre has been based on Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Tuberculosis and Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

She is currently working on understanding the burden and predictors of Taeniasis and Soil Transmitted Helminths in HIV positive and negative individuals in Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Dr Marco Missanga is a Research Scientist employed by National Institute for medical research (NIMR). He has an MMED degree in Internal Medicine with most of his experience focusing on Management and Research under Infectious and Neglected Diseases. He is a PhD candidate at the NeuroSolve Project with the main role implementing the activities and evaluating treatment outcome among trial participants. He is also looking on the role of Cimetidine in the treatment of patients with Neurocysticercosis

I am Witness Munguatosha Mosha ,a graduate from Sokoine University of Agriculture 2023 studied Bachelor degree in Human Nutrition (HNU) . Currently, I am the Master Student in NeuroSolve Project pursuing Master of Public Health (MPH) at University of Dar es salaam. I am excited in Public health as is rooted in a deep-seated desire to contribute to the well-being of individuals and community in the larger scale. My research interest in this project is to fill the gaps in knowledge, attitude and practices related to proper food hygiene for prevention of Neurocysticercosis.
NeuroSolve project will be the guiding light throughout my education path, this groundbreaking initiative will empower me with invaluable resources, mentorship, access tocutting-edge research in the realm of neurology and public health. I am committed to applying the knowledge and skills that will gain through NeuroSolve project to drive positive change, whether by conducting research and collaboration with experts as my goal is to contribute to the betterment of public health worldwide

I am Dr. Vivian Damas Massawe a graduated from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCO) in the year 2020.I am working as a volunteer at Mbeya zonal referral hospital in oncology unit.

In NeuroSolve project I am a student perusing Master of science in Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics at KCMUCO, which I believe will help me to be of impact to my community and serve more people as I will conduct a research study on seizures in relations neurocysticercosis which its findings will be of great impact to community especially to the people living with epilepsy who are often stigmatized.

My name is Joyce Flavian Mganga a graduate of Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture 2017 (SUA, Tanzania). Current employed by Government as a Veterinary Officer.
In 2023, I joined the NeuroSolve project implemented by Sokoine University of Agriculture as MSc student in Public Health and Food safety.
My research interest in this project is to fill the knowledge and Practice gap related to Taenia Solium infections in human and pigs in Tanzania. In my research I expect to solve public health issue related to Taenia Solium

Innocent Raphael Melkiory is a Research Assistant at Sokoine University of Agriculture under NeuroSolve Project. He holds a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences from SUA. He worked in a similar position of Research Assistant at SUA under the CYSTINET-Africa project from September 2021 to June 2023 (22 months). In this role, he collaborated closely with a multidisciplinary team and gained experience in various aspects including field data collection, laboratory analysis of biological samples using serological techniques, maintaining and updating the project equipment database, organizing project events and meetings, as well as overseeing day-to-day procurement and logistics activities.

Helena Ngowi is an Associate Professor at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania, specialising in veterinary-public health, and a consultant in the health promotion approach to the control of parasitic diseases transmissible between animals and humans. She has conducted several high profile research studies on the prevalence, transmission risk factors, and control of Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) infections in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. H Ngowi has also trained in epidemiological and qualitative research and has developed different health education materials including leaflets, posters, training manuals and video programmes. In the NeuroSolve project, H Ngowi is the principal investigator for the SUA partner and leader of the capacity building work package at the consortium level.

Dr. Athumani Msalale Lupindu is a veterinarian by profession and a Senior Lecture in Epidemiology at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), MSc animal sciences (Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology) from Wageningen University and Research Centre (the Netherlands) and a PhD in Epidemiology from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania). Dr Lupindu has supervised more than 35 postgraduate students in various areas of research.His areas of working interest include One-Health risk analysis, tropical animal production systems and quantitative methods in epidemiology and he has published more than 40 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters. In NeuroSolve project, Dr Lupindu is supervising a PhD student Antony Nyerere who is working under a research title “Developing and Evaluating a Household-Adapted Strategy for Preventing and Controlling Taeniasolium infections in humans and pigs in Tanzania”

Christopher Paul Mahonge is a Research Professor enrolled in the Department of Policy, Planning and Management, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. He is specialised on the role of and interactions among stakeholders including the state, non-state and community actors and formal (policies, laws, strategies, guidelines) and informal (norms, traditions, culture) institutionsin thegovernance of social-ecological systems(e.g., fisheries, livestock, forestry, crops systems and wetlands). In the NeuroSolve project Mahonge co-supervises a PhD student Mr. Antony Nyerere

Dr. Bernard J Ngowi is a lecturer and a researcher at University of Dar es Salaam, Mbeya
College of health and Allied Sciences (UDSM MCHAS) and a principal investigator
NeuroSolve UDSM MCHAS sites. He is an epidemiologist and a public health specialist with
longstanding experience in HIV/AIDS, Cysticercosis, opportunistic infections and tuberculosis
research. Dr. Ngowi has five years’ experience working as a physician in remote rural Tanzania,
having conducted epidemiological studies in HIV/AIDS, Cysticercosis, Tuberculosis and
Opportunistic infections in Tanzania. Dr Ngowi is a lecturer and a researcher at University of
Dar es Salaam., Mbeya College of health and Allied Sciences and a principal investigate in
NeuroSolve at (UDSM MCHAS). He has participated in a number of Cysticercosis research
project such as DFG funded study on Assessment of prevalence of NCC in people with seizures
within areas (urban and rural) endemic for porcine cysticercosis in selected African countries and
treatment of identified cases, EDCTP funded project on Evaluation of an antibody detecting
point-of-care test for the diagnosis of Taenia solium taeniosis and (neuro)cysticercosis in district
hospital settings of highly endemic, resource-poor areas in Tanzania, BMBF funded project on
the assessment of the patho mechanism involved in the development of active NCC among HIV
positive and negative individuals.

Dr Mkunde Chachage

Position: Lecturer and Researcher
Institution: University of Dar es Salaam-Mbeya College of Health and Allied Sciences
I am a researcher with ambitions to generate innovative scientific approaches that particularly address African’s key health challenges and drive a positive impact to the wellbeing of disadvantaged communities. Particularly, my research focus has been on human immune responses to infectious diseases. To date, I have been involved in projects that dissect pathogenic mechanism during HIV infection and during co-infection with other pathogens including helminthes. Within NeuroSolve, I co-lead efforts to test and implement health technologies (treatment pathways and diagnostic tools) aimed at improving health outcomes of people with neurocysticercosis.

Dr. Mkupasi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania. He teaches public health and related courses at the university. He is also involved in supervision and mentoring masters and PhD students. His research interest is on control of zoonotic diseases using One Health approach. He has worked widely on Bovine tuberculosis, Brucellosis and helminth especially cestodes in Tanzania. In the NeuroSolve consortium, he is the Assistant Project Leader at SUA.

Professor Robinson Mdegela is a senior Veterinarian specialized in Fish Medicine, and Ecosystem and One Health.  He received his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania in 1996; Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1998; and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Norwegian Veterinary School, Oslo, Norway in 2006.  He also received advance training on Risk Analysis and Modeling at University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2004; and Advance Training on Ecosystem Health at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, USA in 2008 and White Oak Conservation Center, Florida, USA in 2008. In addition, he received OIE Advance Training on fish Medicine at Rhodes University, Eastern Cape in South Africa in 2011. Furthermore, he received Advanced Training on One Health Leadership at University of Minnesota, USA in 2012.