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Updated June 29, 2011

Rahel Gizaw: Featured Panelist at GHC

The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) epitomizes strengthening health systems through strengthening governance. Rahel Gizaw, MLI Country Lead for Ethiopia, told the audience at the Global Health Council’s annual conference that the BSC strengthens Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health through capturing performance measures, targets and initiatives. With more clarity, more can be accomplished As a featured panelist on the Abt Associates’ session, ‘Integrating Governance into Health Systems Strengthening,’ Gizaw explained how the BSC, who’s roll out was supported by MLI, has created change over the last year for the majority of the health sector. This was only accomplished, she stated, through the commitment of leaders within the ministry. The government’s dedication was contagious.

Program Focus

In Ethiopia, MLI is working with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to implement a strategic planning and management system, the Balanced Scorecard, designed to facilitate more effective and efficient planning, monitoring and management of health sector development activities.

Meet the Ministry

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since October 2005. Prior to his current position, Dr Tedros Adhanom served as State Minister of Health in the Federal Government for one year. He has served in various expert and leadership positions at the federal and state levels since 1986. His major interest is on malaria and he has published numerous articles on the topic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom received his bachelor's in Biology from Asmara University in 1986 and a master's degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London in 1992. In 2000, Dr Tedros received his PhD in Community Health from the University of Nottingham, UK. He received the Young Investigator award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1999, and a Young Researcher award from the Ethiopian Public Health Association in 2003.

Currently, Dr Tedros serves as a co-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Board member of GAVI and Chair of the Board of Directors of Addis Ababa University.

Statistical Overview

Capital City Addis Ababa
Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyseus
Total Population 83099000
Life Expectancy (years) 53
Maternal Mortality* 670/100000
Under 5 Mortality 119/1000
Literacy Rate 36
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