Convergence of Leadership in Tanzania: Physician to Professor to Parliament
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Professor David Homeli Mwakyusa has an established background in medicine, politics and academia. He completed fellowships in gastroenterology in Scotland and the United States, and served as the Director of Administration and Hospital Services at Muhimbili, the national hospital of Tanzania. He serves as Professor and was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Dar es Salaam University Medical School. Professor Mwakyusa was elected to Parliament in 2000 and is currently serving his third term, presently as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water. As Minister for Health and Social Welfare for five years, he oversaw improvements in malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and child health and pioneered the Primary Health Services Programme which is credited for revolutionizing health care in Tanzania. For fall of 2012, he is a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.