Professor Mwaikambo currently works at the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU), as a senior Paediatrician and a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health. Her career spans medical education, basic science research especially on cerebral malaria and national policy development in areas of science, health (with special reference to maternal and child health), hospital administration and management of training and higher education in the field of medicine and health sciences.
Dr. Esther Mwaikambo holds a Master of Medicine (Paediatrics) 1977, from University of Dar es Salaam and MD from Friendship University Moscow USSR 1969. In 1982 she earned a Diploma in childhood Infectious Diseases and Immunology from the Institute of Child Health, London and in 1995 a Certificate in Behavioral sciences from Harvard University, Boston, USA.
Professor Mwaikambo has been the recipient of several awards including: the National Institute for medical Research 2013 Best African Health Research Scientist Award; the American Embassy’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award; the 2009 Tanzania Women of Achievement Award in Health and the 2009 Harvard Distinguished African Lecturer Award to mention just a few.
Professor Mwaikambo has held a vast number of positions from the Vice Chancellor of the HKMU; Founder and President of the Medical Women Association of Tanzania; and the Chairperson of the National Commission on Polio Eradication. She carries with her a longstanding concern on health worker/patient relationships, the ethical conduct of health personnel, promotion of human rights in the delivery of the services, quality health services delivery, administration and management of health services, issues of confidentiality and good clinical practice.