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


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, pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiab420

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

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

Jolliffe, DA, Camargo, CA, Sluyter, JD, Aglipay, M, Aloia, JF, Ganmaa, D, Bergman, P, Bischoff-Ferrari, HA, Borzutzky, A, Damsgaard, CT, Dubnov-Raz, G, Esposito, S, Gilham, C, Ginde, AA, Golan-Tripto, I, Goodall, EC, Grant, CC, Griffiths, CJ, Hibbs, AM, Janssens, W, Khadilkar, AV, Laaksi, I, Lee, MT, Loeb, M, Maguire, JL, Majak, P, Mauger, DT, Manaseki-Holland, S, Murdoch, DR, Nakashima, A, Neale, RE, Pham, H, Rake, C, Rees, JR, Rosendahl, J, Scragg, R, Shah, D, Shimizu, Y, Simpson-Yap, S, Trilok Kumar, G, Urashima, M & Martineau, AR 2021, 'Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis of aggregate data from randomised controlled trials', The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 276-292. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(21)00051-6

Erkhembayar, R, Dickinson-Craig, E, Badarch, D, Narula, I, Thomas, GN, Ochir, C & Manaseki-Holland, S 2020, 'Early policy actions and emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mongolia: experiences and challenges: Mongolian key policies in COVID-19 containment', Lancet Global Health.

Humphries, C, Jaganathan, S, Panniyammakal, J, Singh, S, Dorairaj, P, Price, M, Gill, P, Greenfield, S, Lilford, R & Manaseki-Holland, S 2020, 'Investigating discharge communication for chronic disease patients in three hospitals in India', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 4, e0230438. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230438

Gustafsson , L, Lu , F, Rickard, F, MacArthur, C, Cummins, C, Coker, I, Mane, K, Manneh, K, Wilson, A & Manaseki-Holland, S 2020, 'The content and completeness of women-held maternity documents before admission for labour: a mixed methods study in Banjul, The Gambia', PLoSONE, vol. 15, no. 3, e0230063. https://doi.org/0.1371/journal.pone.0230063

Ibrahim, H, Munkhbayar, U, Humphries, C, Ochir, C, Toivgoo, A, Narula, I, Lilford, R & Manaseki-Holland, S 2019, 'An evaluation of Mongolia’s universal patient-held health booklets as a tool for continuity of care in chronic disease patients: a cross-sectional study: Can universal patient-held booklets promote continuity of care and patient-centred care in low resource countries? The case of Mongolia', BMJ Quality & Safety, vol. 28, no. 9, pp. 729-740.

Aguiar, M, Farley, A, Hope, L, Amin, A, Shah, P & Manaseki-Holland, S 2019, 'Birth-related perineal trauma in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Maternal and Child Health Journal, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 1048-1070. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-019-02732-5

Humphries, C, Jaganathan, S, Jeemon, P, Singh, S, Goenka, S, Dorairaj, P, Gill, P, Greenfield, S, Lilford, R & Manaseki-Holland, S 2019, 'Patient and healthcare provider knowledge, attitudes and barriers to handover and healthcare communication during chronic disease inpatient care in India: a qualitative exploratory study', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 11, e028199. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028199

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