Semira Manaseki-Holland


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Manaseki-Holland is interested in supervising doctorial researchers in the following areas, particularly in relation to low- and middle-income countries:

Maternal child health
Clinical handover
Device prioritisation in hospitals
Vitamin D and infection
Childhood Pneumonia and diarrhoea
Health Service Quality metrics/indicators
Preventable hospital mortality/case-notes review


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Research interests


  • Maternal Child Health 
  • Quality of Health Care and Health Service Delivery
  • Clinical Trials 
  • Health Determinants and Health Systems in low and middle-income countries 


  • Infectious diseases epidemiology 
  • None-communicable diseases - CVD

Research groups and projects


Semira Manaseki-Holland trained as a public health physician in England with joint qualifications in paediatrics with research leadership focus on health systems and maternal-child health, mainly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) over a 25 year period. Semira worked in the NHS for 9 years after which she intensified her global health research and health systems delivery, including living and working for two years in Mongolia, and 6 years in Afghanistan. Semira has worked extensively for WHO HQ, UN agencies, Ministries of Health and NGOs on a variety of settings and health programmes. 

Semira’s pioneering international work includes conducting the first randomized control trials in Mongolia and Afghanistan. As CEO for Central Asia for a large multi-national NGO (AKHS) between 2005-2009 she managed the delivery of Afghanistan’s integrated healthcare services in 3 provinces, which ranged from provincial hospitals to district/ village clinics. At the same time she supported national health care delivery and reform systems in two remote, mountainous provinces of Tajikistan. Semira also managed the operations of three midwifery training colleges and academic research in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

At the University of Birmingham, in 2012, Semira founded the Master’s in Public Health (Global) and directed it until 2019. As Reader in Public Health, Semira conducts global health research in maternal child health, health systems, complex community or health systems interventions, often within a randomised controlled trial design context. She also has an area of research in the UK surrounding mortality case note reviews in hospitals. Semira is the Health Lead for Institute of Global Innovation (IGI) challenge themes “Water Challenges in a Challenging world” and “Clean Air”.  Semira teaches students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including supervision of a number of PhDs. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation


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