Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is the Director of the Public Health Master Programme at the School of Medicine. He was trained and began his career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. He has worked for twenty years as a researcher, project manager, lecturer and health system specialist in academia, ministries of health, and international organizations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Dr Elmusharaf is an advisor to WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP on maternal, child health, and non-communicable diseases.

Dr Elmusharaf's research interest is in Global Maternal Health in developing countries and conflict-affected fragile states.



Elmusharaf, K., Byrne, E., AbuAgla, A., AbdelRahim, A., Manandhar, M., Sondorp, E., O'Donovan, D. (2017). Patterns and determinants of pathways to reach comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (CEmONC) in South Sudan: Qualitative diagrammatic pathway analysis. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 17(1):278. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-017-1463-9

Elmusharaf, K., Byrne, E., O’Donovan, D. (2017). Social and traditional practices and their implications for family planning: a participatory ethnographic study in Renk, South Sudan. Reproductive Health 01/2017; 14(10). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-016-0273-2

Elmusharaf, K., Byrne, E. M.-T., Manandhar, M., Hemmings, J., O’Donovan, D. (2017). Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research: Reflections on the Research Approach Used to Understand the Complexity of Maternal Health Issues in South Sudan. Qualitative Health Research. 27(9):1345-1358. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732316673975

Elmusharaf, K., Tahir, H., O'Donovan, D., Brugha, R.F., Mamoun, M., Homeida, A.M.O.A., Byrne, E.M.-T. (2016). From local to global: A qualitative review of the multi-leveled impact of a multi-country health research capacity development partnership on maternal health in Sudan. Globalization and Health. 12(20). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-016-0153-0

Elmusharaf, K., Byrne, E., O’Donovan, D. (2015). Strategies to increase demand for maternal health services in resource-limited settings: Challenges to be addressed. BMC Public Health. 15: 870. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2222-3