Elibariki Reuben Mwakapeje is a Senior Epidemiologist and has worked for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since 2005. Initially, he worked as a Diseases Surveillance Officer involving himself in investigating diseases outbreaks, diseases surveillance, coordinating rapid response teams (RRT) at national, regional and district levels during a response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies of national and international concerns.
Later on, he was appointed as a National Coordinator for the Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response (IDSR) at the same Ministry, with this position he was responsible for ensuring that both indicator and event-based surveillance systems are well implemented and streamlined as per the International Health Regulation (IHR 2005).
Moreover, he participated in the establishment of the diseases surveillance systems in the cross border districts within the East African Community region in order to ensure for a well-structured and resilient system for prevention, detection and response to various public health threats in the region. Most importantly, Elibariki, is one of the founders for the electronic diseases surveillance systems (eIDSR) in Tanzania. This system was established in order to foster for a robust real-time surveillance system as a requirement for both the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and International Health Regulation (IHR 2005).
Elibariki Reuben Mwakapeje, has pursued a BSc. Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Dar es Salaam (2004), MSc. Applied Epidemiology from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in 2010 and currently, he is a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo, Norway since April 2016. His Ph.D. research topic is entitled, ‘’Use of a One Health Approach for understanding the Epidemiology and Management of anthrax outbreaks in the humans – Livestock – Wildlife and environmental health interface areas of Northern Tanzania’’ – Scheduled for a Public defense on 22nd February 2019.
Elibariki is currently working to establish a project entitled ‘‘connecting the unconnected’’ for ensuring free access to digital health information through smartphone application in order to provide health education as a tool for prevention and control of anthrax outbreaks in the marginalized Maasai communities of Northern Tanzania.