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 Wuleta Lemma    

Wuleta Lemma, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Global Health Equity
Country Director of Tulane Ethiopia Project
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2300
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-3655
Fax: (504) 988-3653
wlemma@tulane.edu





Research Interests:

Monitoring and evaluation; human resources for health; E and M health; telemedicine/teleeducation;
capacity building; HIV, TB, malaria, and emerging diseases

 

Educational Background:

  • BSc, chemistry, Spelman College, Atlanta
  • MPH, international health and epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta
  • M.Phil, tropical medicine and parasitology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool (UK)
  • PhD, tropical medicine and immunology/epidemiology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool (UK)

Professional Achievements

  • 2007 Global Health Council 2007 Nominee
  • 2004-2006 M&E consultant, GAMET/World Bank
  • 2003-2004 HIV/AIDS M&E advisor, National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Ethiopia
  • 1994-1998 Pre-doctoral research fellowship, NIH, USA
  • 1993 Summer Research Award, African Research Council, UK
  • 1992-1993 Rotary International Foundation Fellow
  • 1991-1992 Intern-CDC Atlanta
  • 1989 cum laude, Spelman College, Atlanta, USA
  • 1987 Senior Honour Society and Bordon Scholarship, Spelman College, Atlanta, USA
  • 1984-1989 Undergraduate Student Scholarship, Spelman College, Atlanta, USA

Selected Publications:


Lemma W; Feysia B; Herbst C; Soucat A. The Health Work-force in Ethiopia: Addressing the Remaining Challenge. The World Bank Publication: 2012. pp 1-116

Lemma W; Tesfaye H; Electronic Health Management Information Systems (eHMIS) to build Qualitative Strategic Information in the Ethiopian Health Sector. Oral Abstract Sessionat the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011), 4-8 December, 2011, Ethiopia

Lemma W; Asseffa K; Yadata L; GIS Supports Health Extension Workers to Improve Prevention and Care Services at Community Level in Ethiopia. Abstract Session at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011), 4-8 December, 2011, Ethiopia

Lemma W; Asrat, A; Bushen, O; Kokebe M; Tesfaye H; Electronic Health Management Information, SmartCare. Abstract accepted for Public Health Informatics Conference 2011, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Lemma W; Bushen O ;Azene G; B Abdosh B; Establishing a New Cadre of Workers for HIS: Health Information Technicians: Abstract accepted Keys to Health Information Systems Integration, Sustainability, and Country Ownership USG PEPFAR—2010 Captown, SA Conference

Lemma W; Bushen O ;Azene G; B Abdosh B; TESFAYE H; Design and Implementation of a National Community Health Information System: The Case of Ethiopia. Abstract accepted Keys to Health Information Systems Integration, Sustainability, and Country Ownership USG PEPFAR—2010 Captown, SA Conference

Lemma W; Azene G; B Abdosh B; Strengthening Health Legislation in Order to Support a Strong Health System in Ethiopia. Abstract accepted Keys to Health Information Systems Integration, Sustainability, and Country Ownership USG PEPFAR—2010 Captown, SA Conference

Lemma W; Bushen O ;Azene G; B Abdosh B; TESFAYE H; Implementation of a National Health Management Information System in Ethiopia. Abstract accepted Keys to Health Information Systems Integration, Sustainability, and Country Ownership USG PEPFAR—2010 Captown, SA Conference

Lemma W; Bushen O ;Azene G; B Abdosh B; TESFAYE R. A Novel Approach to Health Sector Planning: District--‐based Annual Core Plans Linked to HIS –Abstract accepted Keys to Health Information Systems Integration, Sustainability, and Country Ownership USG PEPFAR—2010 Captown, SA Conference

Lemma W; Yadeta L; Implementation report 2010: Adama, Bishoftu, East Showa, Oromia

Lemma W; Kedir N; Azene G; B Abdosh B; Ali J; Bushen O . Aligning Stakeholders behind National Health Plans: The Ethiopia Experience ( Chapter in Book--‐ Manuscript in review) Global Fund(GFATM) Geneva, Switzerland 2010

Lemma W, Moreira Dos Santos Elizabeth; Ali Jemal; Taye Girma, Kifle Yibeltal. Evaluation of Reproductive Health/Family Planning Project of Oromia Development Association (ODA): 2000--‐2008. David and Lucile Packard Foundation. May 2010

Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia: HSDP III Annual Performance Reports (version I) . 2010

Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. HSDP IV Woreda Based Annual Core Plan (version I)2010

Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. HSDP III Annual Performance Reports (version II). 2010

Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. Woreda Based Health Sector Planning Training Material. 2010

Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. EHNRI. Global Fund Impact Evaluation of Ethiopia's National Response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dire Dawa Regional Health Bureau--‐ Ethiopia. Annual HMIS/Annual Report. 2010

 

Personal Statement:

Dr. Wuleta Lemma is Director of Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE), School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University USA. She is a Tropical Medicine expert working for the last 20 years mostly on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Communicable diseases. In the last number of years, Dr. Lemma has been involved in projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, The Caribbean and Europe. During the past couple years, she has conducted research/evaluation on endemic health problems, Human Resource for Health (HRH), Innovative Medical Education, Behavioral Surveillance on high risk populations in a number of countries; contributed to research on Health outcomes of countries of the Horn of Africa and Health System Strengthen in Ethiopia. Currently, Dr. Lemma leads one of the largest projects at the Center, collaborative work with Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia (FMOH) and The US Center for Disease Control. Dr. Lemma was instrumental for starting the 1st MSc program in M&E of Health Programs at Jimma University in collaboration with other experts from Tulane and ESNP-‐FIOCRUZ Brazil. The course the 1st of its kind in Africa is geared to build local capacity in evidence based policy making and 1st Biostatistics / Health informatics MSc program at Mekele University again the combine graduate course in Africa. In 2004 Dr. Lemma was instrumental in integrating OVC indicators to the welfare Monitoring survey where more than 32,000 households were surveyed. The result of the survey was incorporated in first UNGASS report produced by Ethiopia. Dr. Lemma also supported the successful implementation of Global fund 5 year Impact evaluation in Ethiopia. Dr. Lemma led a team from Tulane to support FMOH in the development of Human Resource Strategy--‐20/20. Dr. Lemma is also thesis adviser for MSc students at Jimma University more than 100 have graduated in the last four years. In the last couple of years Dr. Lemma has been leading the response from Tulane to strength E--‐health including electronic community information system ( which include OVC tracking system at community level) electronic Health Record-SMART CARE design and deployment a unique EHR's that is adapted to Africa's e-health challenge by introducing Smart cards for holding patient information. The system has won award in Ethiopia and is currently been asked to expand to Haiti and Afghanistan. 


Level of Instruction:

graduate

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