Gerry Mshana

Dr. Gerry MshanaGerry Mshana is a senior medical anthropologist and a Principal Research Scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mwanza, Tanzania. He is also a senior researcher at the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit. His Ph.D. research explored Stroke discourses and treatment seeking behaviors in urban and rural Tanzania. He has also conducted research and published on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, the socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS, Male Circumcision, Parkinson’s disease and Epilepsy.

His current research explores the structural drivers of HIV, especially alcohol use among young people and gender based violence. Specifically, he is interested in the interplay of social norms and power relations. He co-chairs the Alcohol Working Group of STRIVE, a health research program consortium funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) to investigate and address the structural drivers of HIV in Tanzania, South Africa and India. He is a co-investigator of the MAISHA study, a community based randomized controlled trial implemented in Mwanza city to determine the effect of a gender training curriculum and microfinance on addressing Intimate Partner Violence.

Dr. Mshana is also involved in various research capacity building initiatives in East African region such as the Wellcome Trust funded THRIVE consortium involving 6 universities and research institutions in the region and two UK institutions (University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).

Dr. Mshana holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Durham University in the UK. and B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr. Mshana’s publications can be accessed here.


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