Editorial Team

Completed his PhD from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute of the University of Basel 2011. He is an enthusiastic researcher and academic in the social and public health sciences. Mirgissa has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers in reputable journals. He also wrote book chapters and policy briefs. Particular, the emphasis of his scientific works are maternal and adolescent-youth health; HIV/AIDS, skin diseases, cervical cancer on the one hand, and urban and pastoral health on the other. Currently, Mirgissa is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health with his proactive focus in the areas of Social and Behavioral Health. Mirgissa has received various awards and recognitions not only for his academic work but also for his community services. He is PI and CO-PI of various research projects and is an Editor In Chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development, a pioneer peer-reviewed scientific journal in Ethiopia.

Girma Taye Aweke, PhD

He completed his MS at the University of Ready, UK, and PhD at the University of Kuazulu Natal, South Africa. He is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. He is currently heading the Department of Preventive Medicine. His research focuses on identifying, characterizing, and modeling vulnerability to health services among urban populations; strengthening the use of HIMS for better decision making; developing and expanding the use of statistical methods suitable for studies related to NCD, longitudinal studies, complex survey data analysis; handling data from heterogeneous populations; improving health services data quality and use; modeling and assessing the course of COVID 19; studies on the effect of climate change on health which basically require handling large data sets and data from different sources, combining and analyzing in order to come up with reasonable prediction; synthesis of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDs; and improving monitoring and evaluation systems for health and related studies. Dr. Girma has extensive experience working with statistical software such as SAS, STATA, R, and others. He has led or participated in projects related to health vulnerability, urban health, HIV/AIDs, improving health information systems, NCD, and data use in health. Currently, Dr. Girma is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University.

Mitike Molla Sisay, PhD

Completed her PhD in Public Health from the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway in 2009 and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in 2011 from Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, USA.  Dr. Mitike served Addis Ababa University at different levels since 2002 and currently, she is the VP for Research and Technology Transfer.  Focusing on the continuum of adolescent, maternal, and child health, she has published more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Mitike is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. Apart from her regular teaching and research work, she is participating in different community services where she is currently the President of the Ethiopian Public Health Association and chairing several academic boards.  She is also a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. 

Adugna Woyessa, PhD

Completed his PhD in Medical Public Health, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. He is a senior researcher and epidemiologist at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute with a focus on highland malaria and its epidemiology. Currently, Dr. Adugna is leading the establishment of the National Malaria Sentinel Surveillance in Ethiopia.  In addition to his pivotal role in filling the knowledge gap of epidemic malaria and designing surveillance tools for achieving elimination, he is working on capacity building of health professionals and researchers to improve the use of climate information for public health. Dr. Adugna has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a lead author of the health section of the Africa Region IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Solomon Shiferaw, PhD

Dr. Solomon is an Associate Professor at the Addis Ababa University in the School of Public Health, Department of Reproductive Health and Health Service Management. His research background includes reproductive health/family planning, and potential use of mobile phone-based applications to improve maternity service utilization, and phone-based largescale data collection on a wide range of public health issues.

Wubegzier Mekonnen, PhD

Completed his PhD in Public Health from the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. He is an accomplished researcher with grants from competitive international funding, his research focuses on the interrelationship between population dynamics with maternal and child health. Dr. Wubegzier has extensive experience in longitudinal data management such as HDSS and large population data analysis. He works with Innovative for Maternal and Child Health for Africa (IMCHA). He has authored or co-authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  

Amare Deribew, PhD

Dr Amare completed his PhD in Medical Science with a focus on HIV and Tuberculosis from Antwerp University in Belgium. He served the Jimma University (2002-2010) as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and the Director of Publication and extension program. Currently, Dr. Amare Deribew is a Country Director of Nutrition International in Ethiopia. Prior to his current position, Dr. Amare worked at the International Medical Corps in the position of Program Director in Sudan and Sierra Leone. He was an Epidemiologist at Oxford University and the KEMRI Welcome Trust Research Program in Kenya (2014-2016). Dr. Amare is an honorary associate Professor at St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College. He published more than 100 articles in international Journals. Dr. Deribew received the gold medal award for senior public health researcher from the Ethiopian Public Health Association in 2019.

Alemnesh Mirkuzie, PhD

Completed her graduate studies in Sweden in 2004 and her PhD from the University of Bergen in Norway. With extensive experience in clinical care, and public health research she has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a PI and Co-PI of several types of research and has secured competitive grants from Meltzer Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World bank. She has also received several research awards.  Currently, Alemnesh Hailemariam Mirkuzie is a senior public health researcher and coordinator of the National Data Management Center for Health at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). She is also an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington and a research associate at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Kidist Sahlu

Kidist Sahlu holds a BA in Journalism and Communication from Addis Ababa University. She also has a Diploma in Secretarial Science. She is pursuing her MA Degree in Human Resource Management at Addis Ababa University. Currently, Kidist serves as an Administrator, Copy Editor of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development as well as secretary of the board.