Addis Continental Institute of Public Health and University of Addis Ababa

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Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) is an independent center of excellence for public health research and training in Ethiopia. It is an accredited higher learning institute and works closely local institutions such as the University of Addis Ababa (AAU). Institute investigators and students have focused their research efforts on major public health problems such as reproductive health, mental health, nutrition, NCDs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Investigators provide training and technical assistance in data management, analysis and report writing including both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. A strong and well-established history of collaboration exists with the Harvard Chan School and BU evidenced by jointly implemented projects and publications.

Site Director

Yemane Berhane, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Professor Yemane Berhane is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prof Yemane Berhane has participated  in numerous research projects in the areas of maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other priority public health issues and published extensively (over 220 publications) in national and international peer reviewed journals. He has served as President of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (1995-99); as Associate Vice Present for Addis Ababa University (2001-02);  Regional Director for Measure Evaluation Anglophone Africa Training on Monitoring and Evaluation of health Programs (2005-06); Board Member of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (2006-08); Member of the WHO/AFRO Technical Advisory Group on Measles Control in Africa (2005-present), and as a chair of the Global network of Monitoring and evaluation training center (GEMNET-Health, 2012-2014).

Site Mentors

Dr. Nega Assefa, Associate Professor of Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Assefa has a background in reproductive Health, maternal and child health. His key research areas are pregnancy and child birth, family planning, child growth and development and infant and child survival. Currently, he is leading a longitudinal community-based demographic and health surveillance on 190 thousand populations in rural and urban areas of Harar and Kersa in Eastern Ethiopia.


Dr. Hanna Berhane, Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Dr. Berhane has participated in various public health research, coordinating/leading large-scale community-based surveys. Her research focuses onnutrition, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and NCDs. She has extensive experience in leading qualitative studies and is well acquainted with theoretical and field applications.


Picture of Amare TadesseDr. Amare Worku Tadesse, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Dr. Tadesse’s research focuses on health and nutrition service delivery to improve maternal and child health and nutrition. His background training in clinical medicine and public health has provided an excellent background of the health care delivery system in Ethiopia. Dr. Tadesse has served in various capacities in several intervention evaluation projects, aimed at improving maternal and child health and nutrition, including assessment of the National Nutrition Program (NNP) in Ethiopia. He is an alumnus of the HBNU Fogarty Global Health Fellowship.

Dr. Liya Wassie, Senior Researcher, Armauer Hansen Research Institute

Dr. Wassie is a Senior Researcher at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has extensive experience conducting collaborative clinical and translational research studies in tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases. Dr. Wassie’s research focuses on TB immunology, with the goal of identifying biomarkers with potential applications to improve TB diagnostics and vaccination strategies. Since 2003, the focus of her research has been to understand patterns of host immune response during each stage of TB infection and disease and to characterize the interactions between hormones and host immunity during TB infection.

Picture of Meaza DemissieMeaza Demissie, Professor of Public Health and Deputy Director at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health

Prof. Meaza Demissie has earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1987 and Master of Public Health degree in 1992 from Addis Ababa University; and her PhD/Epidemiology and Public Health in 2002 from University of Bergen, Norway. She has been involved in public health researches mainly on TB and HIV for more than twenty years and has published more than forty articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals; she also contributed a chapter in a book and published monographs.

Picture of Alemayehu WorkuProfessor Alemayehu Worku, Professor of Public Health and Biostatistics at Continental Institute of Public Health

Prof. Alemayehu is an expert in design, planning and implementation of sound health research. He is resourceful in data analysis and this allows him to disseminate pertinent health research findings to policy makers, program planners, civil societies and beneficiaries/communities. He is coinvestigator, for some of the projects technical coordinator, of the meningococcal ACW135 Vaccine trial in Butajira, Optimization of TB and HIV co-treatment in Ethiopian patients: Pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic aspects of drug- drug interactions between Rifampicin and Efavirenz and determining the optimal time for initiation of HAART in TB/HIV co-infected patients which is a randomized clinical trial, a methodological study to compare the WHO non-probability sampling against a rigorous probability sampling technique in EPI coverage survey, the national low vision and blindness survey and other reproductive health and HIV related studies. He has supervised more than 40 PhD candidates and more than 200 publications in pear reviewed international and national journals and chapter author of different public health study reports. Prof. Alemayehu worked as a member of data and safety monitoring board for different trials. He served as an associate editor of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development for more than ten years. He  received the 2011 Ethiopian Public Health Association Senior Researcher Gold Medal Award and the College of Health Sciences of Addis Ababa University last 10 years best researcher award in 2014.