Julius J Massaga is a Principal Research Scientist and Director of Research Coordination and Promotion, and acts as Director of the Centre for Enhancement of Effective Malaria Interventions (CEEMI). Dr. Massaga is an epidemiologist and a PhD holder from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He also holds a Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from University of Liverpool, Centre for Life Long Learning.
Dr. Massaga has more than 20 years of research with vast experience in epidemiological skills, program management, health systems research, community studies design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health management related programs including Human Resources for Health. One of his outstanding works is on assessing the protective efficacy of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infant (IPTi). Results of the study contributed to the formation of an international IPTi Consortium, which is a platform for coordination of implementation of multi-country clinical studies and policy formulation (The policy on IPTi strategy is under discussion at WHO). Dr. Massaga was the co-secretary during its formation in 2004.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Massaga currently is conducting an important multi-country clinical trial assessing the clinical and survival benefit of either initiate early of late ARV in HIV and TB co-infected patients. The results are expected to guide in formulating guidelines on optimal time for initiation of ARV among TB/HIV co-infected patients in least developed countries. Dr. Massaga also is the principal investigator (PI), co-PI and coordinator to several ongoing projects and program such NIMR-KCMC-Copenhagen Universities collaboration under Building Stronger University, Global Funds Round 8 on HIV/AIDS operational research initiative, NIMR-CDC Cooperative Agreement Program and Evaluation of the Potency of Crude Water Extract of Mugariga (Carissa spinarum). Dr. Massaga has coordinated the capacity strengthening to Region and District Malaria and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Coordinators to all districts and regions from Tanzania Mainland.
Currently, Dr. Massaga has major interest in the control of malaria by scaling-up for impact the approved feasible control measures, survival benefit of TB/HIV co-infected patients and health sector reform in relation to health care in primary health care. Dr. Massaga has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals covering different disciplines.
Besides undertaking research work, Dr. Massaga is the Secretary to National Health Research Ethics Committee (NatHREC) and Medical Research Coordinating Committee (MRCC). He is member of different international and local professional associations. His hobbies include writing, poetry and football.