Mr. Akili Kalinga is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Institute for Medical Research and currently stationed at Tukuyu Medical Research Centre in Rungwe district. He is a public health specialist with a number of experiences in HIV and Onchocerciasis research.
He is a holder of BSc (Hons) in Biology, Chemistry and Education of the University of Dar es Salaam in 1999. He later obtained MPH degree of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 2007. He has also attended short courses on research methodology, diseases control, the role of public health in disease control and leadership Mr. Kalinga has contributed much in researching the epidemiology and control of dilapidating neglected tropical diseases particularly Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis.
Due to his wide experience in Onchocerciasis research, Mr. Kalinga has been involved in consultancy work across Africa in evaluating the implementation of interventions on Onchocerciasis through Mass Drug Administration and vector control strategies. His current research interest areas are malaria diagnosis and Simulium migration dynamics during the era of elimination of the diseases in Africa
Mr Kalinga is a charismatic leader in his undertakings. Since 2006 he has been acting Head before been appointed as Acting Director of Tukuyu Medical Research Centre in December 2011. The officer is also the executive secretary of the Mbeya Chapter of the Tanzania Public Health Association. His vision is to be a vibrant and dynamic person whose contribution to the society will be enormous through health research and leadership role.
Mr. Kalinga has published a total of 11 publications in peer reviewed journals of which he is the first author in three and co-authored in the rest of papers. Of the published papers three are for malaria, 7 on Onchocerciasis and 1 on HIV.