Abrham Getachew heads our team in Addis Ababa as Ethiopian project manager. He supervises a staff of nine and plays a key role in making this a locally developed, locally driven initiative.
He is a public health professional whose broad understanding of the Ethiopian health system is rooted in eight years' experience working for government and non-governmental health delivery bodies. He has expertise in monitoring and evaluation and management, has lectured at various health-science university colleges, and has served as a consultant on various national health studies.
Fikereye Beyene, project assistant, rounded out the initial three-man Ethiopian team led by Abrham Getachew – but he was the first of the group to work with our Canadian partners during the project's preparatory period in 2012 and 2013. He served as driver, guide and translator during trips to Addis Ababa and out to our catchment area in Fiche.
Fikereye graduated from Bahir Dar University as an English language teacher and taught initially in government schools outside the capital. After moving to Addis Ababa, he was a partner in a private school there for several years before beginning this new phase of his career. "Working with this project makes me very happy; it lets me help save the lives of mothers."
Asegedech Befikadu is the project’s new midwives mentor; she is a dedicated midwife with more than 20 years of clinical, teaching and mentorship experience. In her new position, she will be a very valuable addition to the SMTTP teaching staff for the upcoming 2015 course.
Asegedech looks forward to sharing her knowledge, as she began to do with our 2014 students during their week's return to the classroom at St. Paul's in November. ” New midwives want to learn," she says, but adds that to fill gaps that come with inexperience they need help from more senior colleagues. "I want to share my skill."
Nebiyou Wendwessen is our data quality manager; his work will focus on health and medical statistics in Addis Ababa and especially at St. Paul’s Hospital to support projects undertaken in the referral wing of the project. Nebiyou has a nursing degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Gondar, and a subsequent Master’s of public health in health informatics.
In addition to three years' experience in data management and analysis, he has more than eight years under his belt in clinical work, teaching and monitoring and evaluation duties at the zonal and regional levels of Ethiopia's health system.
Samuel Muluye, a statistician specializing in biostatistics, is the project's field data monitor; his work will parallel Nebiyou's, but will be focused in project catchment areas outside Addis Ababa. He brings to his new position seven years' experience working on national health studies at Ethiopia's Central Statistical Agency.
Samuel has degrees in statistics from Hawassa and Addis Ababa universities; his master's thesis targeted determinants of infant mortality. "I have seen the challenges and problems," he says, adding he is eager to help save lives by providing our project with quality data.
Alemayehu Abdeta is Zonal Project Officer in Fiche coordinating the QI interventions at 26 health facilities in six Woredas and Fiche Zonal Hospital.
He has a BSc degree from Jimma University and a Masters degree in Public Health from Addis Ababa University. He brings seven years of working experience at different levels in the Ethiopian Health care system from Primary Health Care Unit, Woreda and Zonal Health offices. "I am interested in working with this project because we can bring valuable change and end the preventable maternal and child deaths together with our stakeholders".
Henok Teka is the project's driver, a key role for taking members of both the Canadian and Ethiopian teams out to our catchment areas - to health facilities at both the regional and village level. He also transports instructors and other team members to and from their accommodation, St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College and partner offices.
Henok was previously an ambulance driver for St. Paul's. As a result, his knowledge of Addis Ababa's side streets and shortcuts gives him an almost uncanny ability to navigate the capital's heavy traffic at a time of widespread, constant road and LRT construction.
Yodit Meseret is the project's Community Education Coordinator. Yodit has a midwifery degree from Addis Ababa University, and a subsequent Master's of Public Health from Debremarkos University. She is a skilled midwife, with over eight years of clinical and teaching experience. As Community Education Coordinator, Yodit plays a key role in organizing educational opportunities for midwives and other healthcare workers across Ethiopia, to further strengthen midwifery skills and service.