Mathew worked for more than one year with an Internet Service Provider company in Arusha before joining the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) where he completed a BSc Programme in Computer Science and Statistics in 2006. Thereafter, he joined the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) as manager of a newly established Health-ICT unit. His unit worked with more than 30 faith-based hospitals under the Christian Social Services Commission to set up an ICT infrastructure to facilitate communication and on-job trainings together with implementing a hospital information system (Care2X).
In 2008 he joined the University of Dar es Salaam where he is still working as an assistant lecturer at the College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT). He completed an MSc in Health Informatics at UDSM (2011) and PgD in Research Methods and Skills at Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands (2012). Currently, he is a Commonwealth PhD scholar at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.
Mathew has a rich technical experience in management and implementation of ICT projects in Tanzania. Also, he has been a member of Information Systems research group at CoICT and HISP Tanzania. He has been involved in the adoption of several digital health initiatives in Tanzania under the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the health sector. Among them is the implementation of the Human Resource for Health Information Systems (HRHIS) and District Health Information System (DHIS2) database under the Ministry of Health. Both systems are implemented to scale and operationalised since 2014.
Research interests and areas of expertise include:
- Implementation of Digital Health Systems (Health Information Systems, eHealth, mHealth) with a focus in the context of developing countries
- Digital health systems for diseases surveillance systems
- Information systems
- His PhD research is focusing on the evidence of digital health solutions in the context of developing countries. He is looking at the implementation effectiveness of mHealth solution for surveillance of communicable diseases in Tanzania
- MSc Health Informatics - University of Dar es Salaam (2011)
- PgD Research Methods and Skills - Maastricht School of Management (2012)
- BSc Computer Science and Statistics (Hons) - University of Dar es Salaam (2006)
Research groups and institutes
- Leeds Institute of Health Sciences