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Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf


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 Programm 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 a consultant in public health, biostatistics, and research methods, with experience in qualitative research, community-based initiatives, and health system & service research.

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

Research Interests

Dr Elmusharaf's research interest includes:

  1. Women's health
  2. Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
  3. Health systems in developing countries and conflict affected fragile states.

Professional Activities


  • 2020 Faculty of Public Health Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom - FFPH
  • 2016 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Postgraduate Certificate
  • 2012 National University of Ireland Galway - PhD
  • 2011 Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research - Postgraduate Certificate
  • 2007 UMST University - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2002 UMST University - MBBS


  • 2020 FFPH, Faculty of Public Health Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom
  • 2016 Advisor to on the Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR), World Health Organization WHO
  • 2015 Member of Board of Directors , The Network: Towards Unity for Health TUFH
  • 2015 Advisor to the steering committee , Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States at Health Systems Global
  • 2011 Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health RSPH


  • 2019 Clinical Transformation working group , Clinical Transformation working group on ULHG Health Sciences Academy
  • 2018 WHO CHAT Technical Advisory Group, Act as a Technical Adviser to WHO on Child Health Accountability Tracking (CHAT) to provide a standard set of indicators for monitoring and reporting on child health globally.
  • 2017 EHS Internationalization Committee,
  • 2016 National Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group , National Undergraduate Curriculum on Health Behaviour Change for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management
  • 2016 WHO MONITOR Technical Advisory Group, Advise World Health Organization WHO on matters of measurement, metrics and monitoring of maternal and newborn health for the Departments of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) and Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) as part of The Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR) technical advisory group.


  • 2017 - Ambassador Recognition Award


  • 2016 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer in Public Health
  • 2012 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Lecturer in Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine Population & International Health Coordinator
  • 2010 Reproductive & Child Health Research Unit (RCRU) - Director


  • English
  • Arabic


Other Publication


Effective coverage measurement in maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition: progress, future prospects, and implications for quality health systems
Marsh A.D.;Muzigaba M.;Diaz T.;Requejo J.;Jackson D.;Chou D.;Cresswell J.A.;Guthold R.;Moran A.C.;Strong K.L.;Banerjee A.;Soucat A.
The Lancet. Global Health DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30104-2


Methodological approaches for assessing the cost of diabetic foot ulcers: A systematic literature review
Mairghani M.;Jassim G.;Elmusharaf K.;Patton D.;Eltahir O.;Moore Z.;Sorensen J.
Journal of wound care DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.5.261


Social inclusion in the Irish health context: Policy and stakeholder mapping
O’Donnell P.;O’Donovan D.;Elmusharaf K.
Irish journal of medical science DOI: 10.1007/s11845-019-02060-1


Sabemos realmente quem é deixado para trás e quem corre o risco de ficar para trás?
Elmusharaf K.;Daboin B.;Crocetta T.
Journal of Human Growth and Development DOI: 10.7322/jhgd.152135


Measuring social exclusion in healthcare settings: a scoping review
O'Donnell, P,O'Donovan, D,Elmusharaf, K
International Journal For Equity In Health DOI: 10.1186/s12939-018-0732-1

Peer Reviewed Journal


Heart rate variability helps to distinguish the intensity of menopausal symptoms: A prospective, observational and transversal study
Martinelli P.;Sorpreso I.;Raimundo R.;Junior O.;Zangirolami-Raimundo J.;Malveira de Lima M.;Pérez-Riera A.;Pereira V.;Elmusharaf K.;Valenti V.;Carlos de Abreu L.
Plos One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225866


Legislation targeting head shops selling new psychoactive substances and changes in drug-related psychiatric admissions: A national database study
Smyth B.;Daly A.;Elmusharaf K.;McDonald C.;Clarke M.;Craig S.;Cullen W.
Early Intervention In Psychiatry DOI: 10.1111/eip.12807


Social exclusion in primary healthcare settings: The time for measurement has come
O'Donnell P.;Elmusharaf K.
Journal Of Human Growth And Development DOI: 10.7322/jhgd.157747


Developing a national undergraduate standardized curriculum for future healthcare professionals on “Making Every Contact Count” for chronic disease prevention in the Republic of Ireland
Sinclair D.;Savage E.;O’ Brien M.;O’Reilly A.;Mullaney C.;Killeen M.;O’Reilly O.;Field C.;Fitzpatrick P.;Murrin C.;Connolly D.;Patterson A.;Denieffe S.;Elmusharaf K.;Hickey A.;Mellon L.;Flood M.;Sweeney M.
Journal of interprofessional care DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1684884


Do we really know who are left behind and who are at risk of being left behind?
Khalifa Elmusharaf;Blanca Elena Guerriero Daboin;Tania Brusque Crocetta;
Journal Of Human Growth And Development DOI: 10.7322/jhgd.152135


Measuring social exclusion in healthcare settings: a scoping review.
O'Donnell, P; O'Donovan, D; Elmusharaf, K
International Journal For Equity In Health DOI: 10.1186/s12939-018-0732-1


Ghana health services and the Irish health system - bridging the gap.
Akaateba D;Andan M;Hadfield K;Elmusharaf K;Leddin D;Murphy F;Ofosu W;Sheehan C;Finucane P;
Irish medical journal


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


The prevalence and incidence of diabetic foot ulcers among five countries in the Arab world: a systematic review.
Mairghani M;Elmusharaf K;Patton D;Burns J;Eltahir O;Jassim G;Moore Z;
Journal of wound care DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2017.26.sup9.s27


Violence toward health workers in Bahrain Defense Force Royal Medical Services' emergency department
Rafeea, F,Al Ansari, A,Abbas, EM,Elmusharaf, K,Abu Zeid, MS
Open Access Emergency Medicine DOI: 10.2147/OAEM.S147982


Prevalence and presentation of tuberculosis among hemodialysis patients in Khartoum, Sudan
Banaga, ASI,Siddiq, NK,Alsayed, RT,Babiker, R,Elmusharaf, K
Saudi Journal Of Kidney Diseases And Transplantation DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.190873


Sero-prevalence of dengue infections in the Kassala state in the eastern part of the Sudan in 2011
Sayed Himatt;Kamal E. Osman;Somia I. Okoued;Osama E. Seidahmed;Mark E. Beatty;Mohammed A. Soghaier;Khalifa Elmusharaf;
Journal Of Infection And Public Health DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2015.04.023


Causes of end stage renal failure among haemodialysis patients in Khartoum State/Sudan
Banaga, AS; Mohammed, EB; Siddig, RM; Salama, DE; Elbashir, SB; Khojali, MO; Babiker, RA; Elmusharaf, K; Homeida, MM5
BMC research notes DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1509-x


Misunderstanding of the Term "DNR" in a Middle-Eastern Teaching Hospital
Ismail, Mohamed;Khashaba, Shehab;Elmusharaf, Khalifa;Etman, Mahmoud;Hakim, Karim Abdel;Tierney, Eamon;
Bahrain Medical Bulletin


Awareness of healthcare workers to total parenteral feeding in neonatal units
Keogh, M.B.;Ahmed, D.;Abouzaid, C.;Elmusharaf, K.;
Bahrain Medical Bulletin


Cross-sectional community-based study of the socio-demographic factors associated with the prevalence of dengue in the eastern part of Sudan in 2011 Infectious Disease epidemiology
Soghaier, MA; Himatt, S; Osman, KE; Okoued, SI; Seidahmed, OE; Beatty, ME; Elmusharaf, K;, Khogali, J; Shingrai, NH; Elmangory, MM
Bmc Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-1913-0


Awareness of Healthcare Workers to Total Parenteral Feeding in Neonatal Units
Keogh, Michael B.;Ahmed, Duaa;Abouzaid, Catherine;Elmusharaf, Khalifa;
Bahrain Medical Bulletin


To click or not to click: Introducing audience response system during undergraduate teaching to improve academic performance
Rashid-Doubell, F.;Doubell, T.;O’Sullivan, R.;Elmusharaf, K.;
Bahrain Medical Bulletin


Reconstructive Surgery for Female Genital Mutilation Starts Sexual Functioning in Sudanese Woman: A Case Report
Fazari, AB; Berg, RC; Mohammed, WA; Gailii, EB; Elmusharaf, K
Journal Of Sexual Medicine DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12286


Abdalla, M.;Omer, A.;Elmusharaf, K.;


Khalil, A.;Elmusharaf, K.;Mekki, H.;


Core competencies for patient safety research: a cornerstone for global capacity strengthening.
Andermann A;Ginsburg L;Norton P;Arora N;Bates D;Wu A;Larizgoitia I;Patient Safety Research Training and Education Expert Working Group of WHO Patient Safety;
BMJ quality & safety DOI: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.041814


Evaluation of Sudanese women's sexual life after childbirth
Elmusharaf, K.;Mustafa, N. S.;Fazari, A. B.;
Contraception DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2007.05.051