Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland FRCP, FFPHM, MRCPCH, PhD, MPH, MBBS, BMedSci

Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland

Institute of Applied Health Research
Reader in Public Health

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Semira Manaseki-Holland manages the Master’s in Public Health (Global) at the University of Birmingham. As Reader in Public Health,  Semira teaches students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including supervision of a number of PhDs. Semira’s research leadership focuses on health systems and maternal-child health, mainly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) over a 25 year period.  

Trained as a public health physician with joint qualifications in paediatrics, Semira’s pioneering international work includes conducting the first randomized control trials in Mongolia and Afghanistan. She has also worked extensively for WHO HQ, UN agencies, Ministries of Health and NGOs on a variety of health programmes.

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 included provincial hospitals and 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 the midwifery training colleges and academic studies in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Maternal Health Heroes


  • Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - 2009
  • Fellowship of Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Royal College of Physicians London - 2009
  • PhD Paediatric Epidemiology LSHTM- 2002 to 2005
  • Masters in Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology - 1995 to 1997
  • Membership of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - 1997
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - 1985 to 1991
  • Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours - 1987 to 1988


Teaching Programmes 

Postgraduate supervision

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


Recent publications


Joseph, L, Lavis, A, Greenfield, S, Boban, D, Jose, P, Jeemon, P & Manaseki-Holland, S 2022, 'A systematic review of home-based records in maternal and child health for improving informational continuity, health outcomes, and perceived usefulness in low and middle-income countries', PLOS One. <https://journals.plos.org/plosone/>

Caleyachetty, R, Lufumpa, N, Kumar, N, Mohammed, NI, Bekele, H, Kurmi, O, Wells, J & Manaseki-Holland, S 2022, 'Exposure to household air pollution from solid cookfuels and childhood stunting: a population-based, cross-sectional study of half a million children in low- and middle-income countries', International Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihab090

Gooden, T, Gardner, M, Wang, J, Chandan, J, Beane, A, Haniffa, R, Taylor, S, Greenfield, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Thomas, GN & Nirantharakumar, K 2022, 'The risk of mental illness in people living with HIV in the UK: a propensity-score matched cohort study', The Lancet HIV. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(21)00319-2

Siu, J, Jackson, LJ, Bensassi, S, Manjang, B & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021, 'Cost-effectiveness of a weaning food safety and hygiene programme in rural Gambia', Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1624-1633. https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13691

Woolley, K, Dickinson-Craig, E, Bartington, S, Oludotun, T, Kirenga, B, Mariga, S, Kabera, T, Coombe, A, Pope, F, Singh, A, Avis, W, Day, R, Warburton, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Moore, D & Thomas, GN 2021, 'Effectiveness of interventions to reduce household air pollution from solid biomass fuels and improve maternal and child health outcomes in low and middle income countries: a systematic review protocol', BMC Systematic Reviews, vol. 10, no. 1, 33. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01590-z

Manaseki-Holland, S, Manjang, B, Hemming, K, Martin, J, Bradley, C, Jackson, L, Taal, M, Gautam, OP, Crowe, F, Sanneh, B, Ensink, J, Stokes, T & Cairncross, S 2021, 'Effects on childhood infections of promoting safe and hygienic complementary-food handling practices through a community based programme: A cluster randomised controlled trial in a rural area of The Gambia', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, no. 1, e1003260. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003260

Lufumpa, N, Lavis, A, Caleyachetty, R, Henry, M, Kabombwe, S & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021, 'Exploring attributions of causality for child undernutrition: qualitative analysis in Lusaka, Zambia', Maternal and Child Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13237

Gooden, T, Gustafsson , L, Lu , F, Rickard, F, Sitch, A, Cummins, C, Manneh, K, Wilson, A, MacArthur, C & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021, 'Facilitating better postnatal care with women-held documents in The Gambia: a mixed-methods study', BMC pregnancy and childbirth, vol. 21, no. 1, 479. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-021-03902-6

Gooden, TE, Gardner, M, Wang, J, Jolly, K, Lane, DA, Benjamin, LA, Mwandumba, HC, Kandoole, V, Lwanga, IB, Taylor, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Lip, GYH, Nirantharakumar, K & Thomas, GN 2021, 'Incidence of cardiometabolic diseases in people living with and without HIV in the UK: a population-based matched cohort study', The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 2021, jiab420, pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiab420

Uday, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Bowie, J, Zulf Mughal, M, Crowe, F & Högler, W 2021, 'The effect of vitamin D supplementation and nutritional intake on skeletal maturity and bone health in socio-economically deprived children', European Journal of Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-021-02511-5

Crowe, F, Mughal, MZ, Maroof, Z, Berry, JL, Kaleem, M, Abburu, S, Walraven, G, Masher, MI, Chandramohan, D & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021, 'Vitamin D for growth and rickets in stunted children: a randomized trial', Pediatrics, vol. 147, no. 1, e20200815. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-0815


Bekele, A, Chu, K, D’Ambruoso , L, Davies, J, Ferriolli, E, Greig, C, Manaseki-Holland, S, Regnier, D & Siddiqi, S 2022, 'Global health research funding applications – brain drain under another name?', Lancet Global Health, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. e22-e23. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00505-2


Watson, S, Asamane, E, Lilford, R, Hemming, K, Sidibe, C, Rego, R, Bensassi, S, Diarra, A, Gautam, OP, Islam, MS, Jackson, L, Jolly, K, Kayentao, K, Koita, O, Manjang, B, Tebbs, S, Griffiths, P, Cairncross, S, Toure, O & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021 'Protocol for a cluster randomised trial to evaluate a community-level complementary-food safety and hygiene and nutrition intervention in Mali: the MaaCiwara study' medRxiv, pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.12.15.21267512

Review article

Woolley, KE, Dickinson-Craig, E, Lawson, HL, Sheikh, J, Day, R, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Bartington, SE, Warburton, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Price, MJ, Moore, DJ & Thomas, GN 2022, 'Effectiveness of interventions to reduce household air pollution from solid biomass fuels and improve maternal and child health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Indoor Air. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12958

Joseph, L, Lavis, A, Greenfield, S, Boban, D, Humphries, C, Jose, P, Jeemon, P & Manaseki-Holland, S 2021, 'Systematic review on the use of patient-held health records in low-income and middle-income countries', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 9, e046965. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046965

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