Takele Geressu, MD, MPH
Technical Officer, ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa
Takele Geressu is a public health practitioner with over two decades of progressively increasing responsibilities at subnational and national levels. While serving with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, he had led the introduction, piloting and scaling up of Directly Observed Short Course Treatment (DOTS), and successfully coordinated the set-up of a surveillance system and a nation-wide preparedness and response for anticipated epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis. He had also served as an active member of a taskforce named by the then Prime Minister for the development of the country’s national health policy. As a Head of the Department of Epidemiology and AIDS he coordinated a team of experts towards a seminal health sector reform exercise with support from the World Bank. After departure from the public sector, Mr. Geressu had closely worked with health authorities at national and subnational levels towards a comprehensive health system response to unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion. In his capacity as a Senior Advisor for Health and HIV to Irish Aid, he had co-chaired the Health Population and Nutrition Donors’ Group and provided technical inputs to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Health Sector Development Program. He was also an active member of different technical working groups serving as think-tank to the Ministry of Health. As a free-lance consultant, he had also served with the UNFPA and the Africa Union to win the support of African Heads of States and Governments for CARMMA (Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa).