Veronica Selestine

Veronica SelestineVeronica Selestine is a Senior Social Scientist at the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU). She is currently working with MAISHA study, which combines two cluster-randomized controlled trials, a qualitative study, an integrated process evaluation and an economic evaluation, all aimed at assessing the impact of combined microfinance and gender training intervention for women and their partners to reduce violence against women. She coordinates the qualitative part of the study.

She has previously worked as a Social Scientist for Health Systems Project, a study being conducted in Northern Tanzania and Uganda with the aim of improving the health systems response to chronic diseases in Africa. Before that Ms. Selestine has also worked as a Social Scientist for the Human Pappilloma Virus (HPV) Project, a study that aiming at measuring feasibility, uptake and acceptability of the two school – based HPV vaccine delivery strategies: age based or class based strategies. She also worked with the Microbicide Development Program (MDP) assessing the efficacy, safety and acceptability of Microbicide Gel in preventing HIV among women.

Ms. Selestine is interested in understanding gendered power dynamics and how they influence people’s health, particularly women’s health. She is also interested in understanding how various structures influence violent behaviours, implications of different forms of gendered violence on women’s health and designing interventions to end these forms of violence.

Ms. Selestine holds an M.A. in Sociology from St. Augustine University of Tanzania and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania.

Contacts:

Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) | P.O. Box 11936 | Mwanza, Tanzania | Email: veronica.selestine@mitu.or.tz |Tel: +255282500019 | Mobile: +255754029253 |