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
Professor Said Aboud – Chair of MAB Sub-Committee on Legal and Technical Matters
Prof. Aboud is the professor of virology and immunology and currently working at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). He is also serving as the Chair of the MAB Sub-Committee on Legal and Technical matters.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Infection Biology from Karolinska Institute – Sweden, a Masters of Medicine degree in Microbiology of the University of Dar es Salaam, a Masters of Philosophy degree in Health Sciences (Immunology) from the University of Bergen – Norway, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Dar es Salaam.Read More
CPA Zaina T. Mohamed – Chair of MAB Sub - Committee on Audit and Risk Assessment
CPA Zaina Mohamed is the Chief Internal Auditor at National Housing Corporation (NHC). She is the current chairperson of the MAB Sub-Committee on Audit and Risk Assessment matters. Coupled with her knowledge of auditing of firms in the country, she offers great knowledge and expertise to MAB on issues related to auditing and risk management
Ms. Zaina is an Associate Certified Public Accountant (ACPA-T) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA-T). She acquired these qualifications from the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA). She also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree majoring in Corporate Management which she attained at Mzumbe University.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. Emma Lekashingo Msuya - Member
Emma Lekashingo Msuya is currently the Executive Director of Health Links Initiative, a Non-Government Organization which focuses on Quality Improvement aspects in Public Health service delivery countrywide.
In September 2022, she was appointed by the Minister of Health, to be a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board to the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA). Besides being a member of the MAB, she also serves in the MAB subcommittees responsible for Legal and Technical matters and Audit and Risk Management.
Mrs. Msuya holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUHAS). She has previously worked in Government, Private, Non-Government (not-for-profit) and voluntary organizations and accrued vast experience in pharmaceutical and project management; and quality improvement initiatives.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