Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Board Members
Dr Ephrem Teckle Lemango
Chair, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Ephram has a medical degree from Addis Ababa University and a strong background in Public Health Policy and Management. He is the Executive Director at the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia. Prior to that he was Director, Maternal and Child Health at Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health. Ephrem was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Dr Yigeremu Abebe Asemere
Deputy Chair & Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Yigeremu has a medical degree and a postgraduate diploma in internal medicine from the Addis Ababa University. He worked as a general practitioner whilst completing his postgraduate diploma. Since 2006 he has been the Country Director in Ethiopia for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) leading a large program combat HIV/AIDS and other preventable and treatable diseases in Ethiopia. Yigeremu was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Dr Mengistu Asnake
Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Mengistu Asnake has a medical degree from Gondar College of Medical Sciences. He is a Public Health specialist with more than 28 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management and clinical service delivery. Mengistu currently serves as the country director Pathfinder International in Ethiopia. Pathfinder is one of the largest maternal health NGOs in the world and their program in Ethiopia is extensive. Mengistu was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Ms Wuleta Betemariam
Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Ms Wuleta Betemariam holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and has 20 years of experience in providing strategic leadership for public health programs globally and is currently the Project Director of the Last Ten Kilometers Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Formerly Ms Betemariam has worked for EngenderHealth globally and established their presence in Ethiopia and well as the Sudan and was country director for both. She has also had extensive experience as technical advisor to USAID’s Population, Health and Nutrition Office. Wuleta was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Management Team
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ato Tesfaye brings over 20 years of experience in government and non-government organisations to his role. Tesfaye leads Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s operational and programmatic deliveries with the Senior Management Team. He commenced as Deputy CEO in 2018 and has a strong vision for the future of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
Dr Fekade Ayenachew
Dr Fekade has taken the clinical practice at the hospital into the 21st century. He was the surgeon and manager at our Yirgalem hospital prior to taking up the post of Medical Director. He has an ambitious vision to further improve patient outcomes. Dr Fekade is one of the world’s finest fistula surgeons, a father of four, and a respected leader.
Rehabilitation and Reintegration Manager
Beletshachew Tadesse has a BSc in Education and a Masters in Sociology with over 18 years experience in multi-disciplinary environments, mainly within the humanitarian sector. Beletshachew has been with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for five years. In her role, she empowers all patients with the support they need to lead productive lives after their treatment at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. She ensures patients have a customised programme of counselling and skills training, along with follow-up care when they return home. Beletschahew sees first hand how having a horrific childbirth injury can impact a woman’s ability to be an active and happy member of her community. As a mother, she feels particularly passionate about supporting these women.
Dean, Hamlin College of Midwives
Ato Zelalem has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in International Community Medicine. He joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in December 2012 and is responsible for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s prevention strategy. He is a passionate advocate for both current students and graduates, ensuring that all Hamlin midwives have the support they need to undertake their important work.