Supported by the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Ethiopia Global Infectious Disease (GID) training grant is a 5-year project that aims to strengthen research capacity in Ethiopia in the area of childhood infectious diseases and nutrition. This grant is jointly led by Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the United States. The program provides research training to junior- and mid-level researchers and health college faculty in substantive areas of pediatric infectious diseases, epidemiological methods, implementation science, and in career advancement areas.
The specific aims of the proposed training program are to:
Training methods include:
-Alemayehu Worku, Professor of Biostatistics, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
On the last Monday of each month, the Ethiopia GID Training Program holds virtual monthly seminars featuring the work of expert faculty in the area of pediatric infectious disease and nutrition. These seminars are open to the public via Zoom. Please click the link below to learn more about recent seminars.
The Ethiopia GID Training Program hosts two intensive short courses each year designed to build capacity in pediatric infectious disease and nutrition research skills and general professional skills. These courses will be open to masters and doctoral level students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty from ACIPH, Haramaya University, and Addis Ababa University. The short courses will be a four-week commitment, including: one week of pre-course preparation, one-week of in-class instruction with faculty, and two weeks of post-course wrap-up and evaluation.
Previous and upcoming short courses include:
Each year, the Ethiopia GID Training Program will host a symposium focused on pediatric infectious diseases and nutrition. The annual symposium will be open to the broader scientific and public health communities in the country and will provide a forum to share collective experiences and lessons learned, and to build a cross-discipline network of researchers, academicians, policymakers and beyond.
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For any questions regarding the Ethiopia GID Training Program, please contact:
Hanna Y. Berhane, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
Motherhood in rapidly urbanizing settings: implications on child care and nutrition
Mothers play a crucial role in the battle against malnutrition by guaranteeing children are sufficiently cared for, and nourished. However, in rapidly urbanizing settings, mothers are continually forced to adjust to the social, economic, and food environment changes compromising her ability to provide the needed care and support for her child. Thus, this study seeks to understand the lived experience and challenges of urban mothers, and how it reflects on
WalelegnW. Yallew, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
Infection prevention practices in the era of COVID-19
Infection is one of the preventable causes of death in healthcare settings. Infection can spread patient-to-patient, patient-to-staff, staff-to-patient, or among staff. The health system in low-and middle-income countries is weak to properly implement prevention, control, and surveillance of infection in health care settings. The vulnerability of the health care professionals and patients/clients visiting the health care facilities substantially increase during highly contagious epidemics such as Covid-19. This presentation highlights the challenges of implementing Infection prevention practices in health care settings and the potential impact on the health care system.
Fentabil Getnet Yimer, PhD
Delays in Diagnosis of Pulmonary Delays in Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Pastoralist Setting of Ethiopia: Extents, Effect on Infectiousness and Challenges
This presentation draws attention to the major findings of a mixed method study conducted in underserved pastoralist setting in Ethiopia. The study investigated the extent of delays in diagnosis of pulmonary TB, the determinants of delays, the effect of delays on infectiousness (cavitation and smear positivity), and the challenges that hinder the delivery and utilization of TB services in pastoralist communities.
Director, Research and Technology Transfer
College of Health Sciences
Addis Ababa University
The options for Ethiopia towards a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine
Identifying COVID-19 vaccines that best suit Ethiopian setting is vital. Prioritizing whom to vaccinate in Ethiopia will help the country to prepare for the vaccine. Understanding the epidemiological significance of having a vaccine in Ethiopia is important.
Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD
Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor
Executive Director, Global One Health Initiative
The Global One Health initiative (GOHi): Strengthening Global Capacity to address Complex Priorities
GOHiis a grass-root initiative that has brought together U.S. and developing region strategic university and research institute partners in eastern Africa, Latin America and Asia since 2009. Within a joint venture, the collaborative initiative identified key priorities based on local and regional needs. To that goal, GOHihas been working on various foodborne, waterborne and vector-borne diseases as well as associated issues such as antimicrobial resistance and cancer. GOHi’sprojects have been building capacity of research, training and outreach. With sponsorship provided from multiple sources including the NIH Fogarty International Center, CDC Global Health Security, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations, we have been strengthening integrated one health capacity in emerging infectious zoonotic diseases as well as non-communicable diseases. Our vision is building capable professionals and institutional systems for a healthy and enduring global community.
Dereje Birhanu, PhD
Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
Children with secure acute malnutrition (SAM) without complications & those with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) may be treated in the community setting without requiring admission to a health facility (Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition). Prevalence of relapse of SAM or MAM following recovery are high. Understanding the magnitude and factors associated with relapse in a local context is important to design solutions and appreciate the consequences
Professor Lulu Muhe
Honorary Professor, Addis
Major causes of death and complications among preterm infants in selected hospitals in Ethiopia The presentation will be based on a prospective observational study in 5 tertiary hospitals in Ethiopia. The study identifies deficiencies in the existing public health measures taking place in the country. It makes recommendations to address the high neonatal mortality in the country to meet SDG3.
Dr. Teshome Gebre
Consultant , Health Science Specialist