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


Gooden, T, Wang, J, Zemedikun, D, Taylor, S, Greenfield, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Nirantharakumar, K & Thomas, GN 2022, 'A matched cohort study investigating premature, accentuated and accelerated aging in people living with HIV', HIV Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.13375

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, vol. 17, no. 8, e0267192. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267192

Dickinson-Craig, E, Bartington, SE, Watts, R, Mandakhbayar, O, Khurelbaatar, E-O, Ochir, C, Boldbaatar, D, Warburton, D, Thomas, GN, Pope, FD, Sereeter, L, Maniseki-Holland, S & Badarch, J 2022, 'Carbon monoxide levels in households using coal-briquette fuelled stoves exceed WHO air quality guidelines in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2022.2123906

Rickard, F, Lu , F, Gustafsson , L, MacArthur, C, Cummins, C, Coker, I, Wilson, A, Mane, K, Manneh, K & Manaseki-Holland, S 2022, 'Clinical handover communication at maternity shift changes and women's safety in Banjul, The Gambia: a mixed-methods study', BMC pregnancy and childbirth, vol. 22, 784. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-022-05052-9

Joseph, L, Greenfield, S, Lavis, A, Lekha , TR, Jeemon, P & Manaseki-Holland, S 2022, 'Exploring factors affecting health care providers’ behaviours for maintaining continuity of care in Kerala, India; a qualitative analysis using the theoretical domains framework', Frontiers in public health, vol. 10, 891103. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.891103

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

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2022, 'Health care professionals’ perceptions about atrial fibrillation care in the Brazilian public primary care system: a mixed-methods study', BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. <http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmccardiovascdisord/>

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management, Sheron, VA, Shanmugathas, S, Gooden, T, Guruparan, M, Balachandran, K, Lip, G, Manaseki-Holland, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Shribavan, K, Subaschandren, K, Haniffa, R, Surenthirakumaran, R, Thomas, GN, Uruthirakumar, P, Greenfield, S, Lane, D & Beane, A 2022, 'Healthcare provider and patient perspectives on access to and management of atrial fibrillation in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka: a rapid evaluation of barriers and facilitators to care', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 22, 1078 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08440-1

Pilcher, L, Kurian, M, MacArthur, C, Singh, S & Manaseki-Holland, S 2022, 'Obstetric shift-to-shift handover in Kerala, India: a cross-sectional mixed method study', PLoS ONE, vol. 17, no. 5, e0268239. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268239

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


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

Review article

Gunter, H, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Stevens, R & Khamis, K 2022, 'Advances in quantifying microbial contamination in potable water: potential of fluorescence-based sensor technology', WIREs Water. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1622

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, vol. 32, no. 1, e12958. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12958

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