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Ambaw Damtew Belete

EngenderHealth Ethiopia

Ambaw Damtew Belete

Ambaw Damtew Belete, Health Communication and Social Science Professional (BA, PGD)
BCC and Community Engagement Advisor of Engenderhealth Inc. Ethiopia

Ambaw Damtew Belete is 48 years old Ethiopian national. He is a health communication and social science professional with more than 17 years’ experience in health communication, primary health care, IE/ BCC, RH program coordination and management, behavior change communication and community mobilization on key Reproductive Health priority areas of Ethiopia in public and non-governmental international organization. Currently Ambaw is working as BCC and Community engagement advisor of Engenderhealth Inc. Ethiopia through Access to Better Reproductive Health Initiative Project (ABRI Project). He assumes major responsibility of improved service through community facility referrals for long acting and permanent methods by designing effective and efficient BCC community engagement intervention through health structure and in partnership with community based organizations.

Ambaw served as an instructor in Teachers Training institute right after his undergraduate studies for 5 years before he join an Ethiopian Ministry of Health in 1994. Prior to his current position Ambaw has served as Health and population program officer of CARE International Ethiopia in 1999, 7 years IEC/Health education senior expert and team leader in Oromia regional health Bureau (a largest region with more than 30 million population in Ethiopia) (1995-1998, 2000-2003), Regional Reproductive Health Program coordinator and manager of Pathfinder International Ethiopia, BCC/Community Engagement Advisor of Integrated family Health program funded by USAID 2003-2009. Ambaw has led a successfully coordinated national immunization programs against polio, tetanus, measles and Vitamin A capsule supplementation for more than 5 years in Oromia region and has laid a ground for the establishment of HIV secretariat in the region as one of his prominent advocacy efforts. He has pioneered a coordination and management for the innovative expansion of long acting family planning services in rural Ethiopia through organizing multiple service delivery based clinical skill training of service providers in Ethiopia, a practice selected as best strategy in Ethiopia since 2005. Ambaw has reliable experience in managing reproductive health experience owing to his fruitful experience of mobilizing and coordinating more than 12 community based non-governmental organization for the cause of reproductive health, Adolescent sexual reproductive health, HIV/AIDs programs in his 7 years stay at Pathfinder International Ethiopia and coordinating and managing 4 relatively big local community based organization working in more than 100 districts for expanding access to long acting and permanent family planning methods under his current position in Engenderhealth Inc. Thematic areas of maternal health focusing on FP comprehensive contraception and comprehensive abortion care, EPI, HIV and AIDS programs are a wide range of his experience in public and private organizations besides his significant contribution in developing national and regional health communication strategy, the communication package of Ethiopian Health Extension program.

Ambaw has received his first degree in Social Science from Addis Ababa university in 1987, and his post graduate diploma in communication from Ethiopian institute of international development in 2002 and an advanced certificate in RH management from international Public health training institute of Santa Cruz in , an affiliate of California state university in 2006.