Senior Technical Advisor, TB and HIV and AIDS
Dr. Muluken Melese is a medical doctor and public health professional with more than three decades of clinical, project management, and research experience. Dr. Melese is serving as a senior technical advisor in infectious diseases, focusing on TB and HIV and AIDS, as well as public health emergencies, and supporting countries in Africa and Asia to design strategies, policies, and research. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Chief of Party for MSH’s Help Ethiopia Address Low Tuberculosis project. Previously, he was technical director for our HIV/AIDS Care and Support Project. Dr. Melese has extensive medical and project management experience in both the public and private sectors of Ethiopia in the areas of neglected tropical diseases; noncommunicable diseases; maternal, newborn, and child health; emergency medical systems; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and nutrition. He also pioneered the design of the Integrated Eye Care Workers, which includes cataract surgeons and an emergency surgeon group that acts as a health workforce as a task-shifting strategy to alleviate the critically trained health worker shortage in the areas of blindness and maternal health. Dr. Melese has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on TB prevention and control, blindness, reproductive health, road traffic accidents, and public health innovations.