Program Overview

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:

  1. Develop a critical mass of mid-level public health researchers who can address priority childhood infectious disease, nutrition, and implementation science issues in the Ethiopian context by leading research programs and building additional capacity.
  2. Build a critical mass of junior public health researchers who can design and successfully carry out rigorous research projects in pediatric infectious diseases and nutrition using training and mentoring approaches designed to advance research with potential for significant impact on the nutritional status and health of the Ethiopian population.

Training methods include:

  • Long-term postdoctoral fellowships
  • Short-term doctoral fellowships
  • Short courses
  • Monthly seminar series
  • Annual symposia

Program Team

Principal Investigators:

  • Yemane Berhane, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
  • Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Program Director:

Alemayehu Worku, Professor of Biostatistics, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Program Administrators:

  • Hanna Gulema, Program Coordinator, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
  • Patricie Niyitegeka, Program Director, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Tara Young, Program Coordinator, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Training Activities

Current Trainees

Postdoctoral trainees

  • Walelegn Yallew, Associate Professor, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
  • Hanna Berhane, Assistant Professor, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Short Courses

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:

  • April 2021: Implementation Science Research of Interventions for Nutrition and Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • December 2020: Manuscript Writing

Annual Symposia

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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Contact Information

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