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Mesfin Gebrekidan Zbelo

WHO Country Office, Monrovia, Liberia

Mesfin Gebrekidan Zbelo

Mesfin Gebrekidan Zbelo, MD, MSc with focus to Maternal and Child Health Services
Expert and Advisor on Health Policy and Service Delivery to the WHO and Ministry of Health at Country Level (Ethiopia, Rwanda and currently in Liberia)

I was born on Jan 21st, 1968 and graduated from the faculty of medicine Addis Ababa University and obtained a Bachelor of medicine in 1992. In 1996 I obtained a certificate in emergency obstetrics and neonatal care as part of the accelerated life saving district focus EMONC program in northern Ethiopia sponsored by the WHO in collaboration with the ministry of health of Ethiopia. I also received clinical training in neonatology and child health care in 2004. My first masters degree, 1999, in the epidemiology of reproductive and maternal health is from Trinity college, university of Dublin, Ireland. I have also obtained postgraduate degree in health economics and health policy, in 2012, from the university of Cape Town, in South Africa. I have served as clinician and district health officer in my country, Ethiopia, and later as maternal and child health service program manager at the provincial and central levels. Since 2008 I have been working as senior health policy and health system strengthening advisor to the WHO and ministry of health in different countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Tanzania) and currently for Liberia. My particular strength is in the area of policy analysis, technical assistance with the development of mechanisms, instruments and tools (such as national health policies and strategies, monitoring and evaluation, performance assessment and performance management and approaches to enhance effectiveness of stakeholders) as well as the estimation of the required resources (human, financial, infrastructure and technological) and knowledge (i.e., through research or knowledge management) to build the capacity for improving and assessing PHC. I speak two national languages, English and basic French.