Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB)
TMDA is an Executive Agency which inter-alia operates within the framework of the Executive Agencies Act, Cap 245. MAB was established under this Act together with Section 9 of Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Act, Cap. 219. MAB members including the chairman are appointed by the Minister responsible for health. The main role of MAB is to advise the Minister on strategic and operational matters of TMDA.
The Chairman and other Members of MAB serve for a tenure of three years and are eligible for re-appointment. Currently, there are six members who have been appointed and the Director General of TMDA serves as the Secretary to the MAB. The current composition of MAB is as follows:
Mr. Eric Shitindi - Chairman
Mr. Shitindi is currently the Board Chair of TMDA with vast experience and skills in leadership and human resources management. He attained his Masters Degree in Economics at the University of Bergen – Norway back in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the same field at the University of Dar es Salaam.Read More
Mr. Shitindi served as the Director of Management Services at President’s Office, Public Service Management (PO-PSM) between 2007 and 2011. In February 2011 he was appointed as the Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Labour and Employment where he served up to December, 2015. Between January 2016 and December 2018 he was shifted to the Prime Minister’s Office as the Permanent Secretary – Labour, Youth, Employment and People with Disability. Before his appointment as the Board Chair, he was the Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) of Njombe Region, the position he served between July 2018 and May 2019.
In his tenure as public servant, Mr. Shitindi chaired the Government Steering Committee for merging of Social Security Funds from five to two Social Security Funds one for for Public Sector employees and another for private sector employees (2016 - 2018). He was conversely the Chair of Tripartite Steering Committee involving Government, Private Sector and Trade Unions to review labour laws & skills for the purpose of reforming them. The review led to agreement of formula for Skills Development Levy and development of Guidelines for Skills Development and Internship Programme in the country.
Mr. Shitindi had also been a Member of Labour, Economic and Social Council (LESCO) - a tripatite council responsible for advising the Minister for Labour on labour, economic and social matters between 2011 – 2018.
He had also been the Board member of various institutions to embrace the Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA), the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI). Mr. Shitindi was also a member of the Inter-Agency Task Team (ITT) of Legal Sector Reform Programme and the inter-ministerial Education Sector Management Group (ESMG) responsible for overseeing education sector reforms.Close
Adv. Patricia Maganga – Member
Adv. Patricia M K Maganga is the Managing Partner and Lead Consultant of the M K Legal Bureau, she is also an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and subordinate courts thereto. Adv. Maganga worked for Government Ministries and Institutions for about thirty-four years before her voluntary retirement from the Public Service in June, 2022. During her service, for twenty-eight years she worked as the Head of Legal Services Unit under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. During her tenure of office with the Ministry, she spearheaded a number of policy and legal reforms related to health and social welfare. A number of health legislation related to public health including HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, health care financing, professional legislation and health regulatory legislation were developed. Also, Social Welfare Legislation was developed in relation to the rights of the child and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, draft legislation on the Elder Persons and Social Welfare Professional Council, were developed.Read More
CPA Chiku Thabit Yusuf – Member
Ms. Chiku Thabit Yusuf is a Professional Accountant registered by the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) as an Associate Certified Public Accountant. She holds Masters of Business Administration – Corporate Management (MBA - CM) from Mzumbe University - 2012; and Advanced Diploma in Certified Accounting from the Institute of Development Management (IDM) Mzumbe - 1997. She has attended various managerial and technical trainings, workshops, and seminars, and is currently admitted to pursue the Women Leadership Programme in the Uongozi Institute’s 2023/2024 programme.Read More
Prof. Appolinary A. R Kamuhabwa – Member
Prof Kamuhabwa is a registered pharmacist and renowned professor of pharmacology and therapeutics. He is currently serving as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Academic, Research and Consultancy (DVC-ARC) at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
He is the member of MAB Sub-Committee on Audit and Risk Management matters. Before his appointment as MAB member, he was serving as the member of TMDA Clinical Trials Technical Committee between 2012 and 2020.
Prof. Kamuhabwa holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Pharmacology and Therapeutics which he attained at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He is also an alumnus of MUHAS, formerly the University of Dar es Salaam where he did his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy.Read More
Mrs. Mariam G. Mwanilwa - Member
Mrs Mariam G. Mwanilwa is registered Member of the Institute of Directors of Tanzania (IoDT). She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Mediation & Arbitration – from Social Work Institute DSM, Master’s Degree in Public Administration Specialised in Human Resources Management (HRM) from Mzumbe University –Morogoro and Advanced Diploma in Public Administration- from the Then, Institute of Development Management (IDM- Mzumbe).
She had attended several courses in leaderships, Labour laws and Industrial relations, Management by objectives, computer applications, integrations of Human Resources and Payroll Systems, Diploma in Human Resources Management course, balanced Score Card, performance management system, Performance Based Pay system, Quality management system, Human Resources information System, directorship training course and Good Governance
Mrs Mwanilwa is currently working at the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance as Director for Salaries, Incentives and Benefits (DSIB) –Government City, Mtumba Dodoma from December, 2020.Read More
Mr. Daudi Msasi – Member
Mr. Msasi is currently the Director of Pharmaceutical Services and Chief Pharmacist at the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. He has been working in the pharmaceutical supply chain management system for over a decade now.
Pharmacist Msasi holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree majoring in Human Resources Management. He acquired this advanced qualification from Saint Augustine University of Tanzania. He is also the holder of Bachelor of Pharmacy degree of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).Read More
Mr. Adam Mitangu Fimbo - Secretary
Mr. Adam Mitangu Fimbo is currently a PhD candidate at Karolinska Institutet – Sweden. He also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Trials which he attained at the University of London at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – United Kingdom. Likewise, he also acquired a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Services and Medicines Control of the University of Bradford in United Kingdom. His first degree was Bachelor of Pharmacy which he did at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
Mr. Fimbo is the Director General of TMDA – the position he is holding since September 2020. Before that he was in the acting capacity since 2018. Between 2010 and 2018, Mr. Fimbo was the Director of Medicines and Cosmetics at the time the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) was in existence.Read More