Researcher biography

Doctor Yibeltal Assefa Alemu: is a fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland, with research and teaching roles. He is currently researching on Global health, equity, UHC, HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C and health systems. He is currently coordinating a course on Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

He has substantial experience in working on HIV/AIDS at National and Global levels. He has conducted national surveys, surveillance and evaluations of HIV/AIDS programs in Ethiopia and other sub-Saharan Africa countries. He has also been involved in the development of implementation and treatment guidelines and plans and frameworks for the monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS at National and Global levels since 2007. Dr Alemu has gained further program relevant experience over a range of duties:

Deputy Director General: Ethiopian Public Health Institute (July 2013-June 2016): He was head of the Research and Technology Transfer; senior researcher on HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV and health systems; as well as Interim Executive Director of the International Institute for Primary Health Care;

Director of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Ethiopia (June 2010-June 2013): Led the development of the Strategic and Operational Plans for the multi-sectoral response of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, led the design of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for the multi-sectoral response of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, and coordinated the triangulation and synthesis of epidemiological and behavioural data for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in in Ethiopia;

Director of Medical Services: Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia (January 2009-May 2010): Design strategies to improve access and quality of health services, and led the for health systems strengthening efforts in the country;

Head of the Health Programs Department: Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Ethiopia (September 2006-December 2009): led the health sector response of HIV/AIDS (including ART, HTC, and PMTCT of HIV programs), and organize joint review meetings with stakeholders for monitoring performance and sharing best practice in the country.

He has published more than 38 papers in peer-review journals; led the development and publication of 10 national guidelines and training manuals focusing on HIV/AIDS and TB; and participated in the development of more than five global guidelines on HIV/AIDS and TB. His publications have been contributing significantly in the response against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and other resource-limited settings. These publications are also highly referred by other publications, including the WHO guidelines. He has served on key international panels since 2007: the WHO consolidated guidelines for ARV use, 2015; Technical Evaluation Reference Group for the Global Fund (2012-2015); Core Group for the development of the patient monitoring system for the WHO consolidated guidelines for ARV use (2013-14); Advisory group for the development of guidelines for task shifting for HIV treatment (2007).

Dr Alemu has also been an invited plenary speaker in different global meetings: Surveillance of HIV/AIDS; UNAIDS/WHO; Bangkok, Thailand, 2015; Translating research into Policy and Practice: issues, challenges and recommendations; Ministry of Health of Ethiopia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2014; The multi-sectoral response for the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia; Ethiopian Public Health Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012; The role of community health workers for ART delivery: successes and challenges; ITM colloquium, Antwerp, Belgium, 2011; Human resource aspects of ART delivery in resource-limited settings; Geneva health forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010; The effect of AIDS programs on the health system: opportunities and challenges; World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2008; Task shifting to scale up ART delivery in Ethiopia: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2007.