Kesetebirhan Admasu

Minister of Health,
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Kesetebirhan Admasu currently serves as the Minister of Health (MOH) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Prior to his appointment as Minister in November 2012, Admasu served as State Minister of Health, Program Sector and Director General of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, General Directorate of MOH. In his capacities as State Minister and Director General, Admasu oversaw the health sector reform and led the implementation of the country’s flagship program, the health extension program, which significantly expanded the coverage of public health services.

Admasu has been spearheading the establishment of over a three million health development army (HDA) to ensure the massive social mobilization for health care service utilization, through participatory learning and action meetings. The HDA is regarded as the key vehicle that would help Ethiopia achieve its ambitious Five Year Health Sector Development Programme’s targets and Millennium Development Goals.

Admasu has also championed a number of innovative approaches in regards to delivering maternal and child health care services, task-shifting and implementation of large scale health care interventions such as the roll out of integrated community case management of childhood illnesses and insertion of single-rod implant through the health extension platform. While CEO of the largest public psychiatric facility in Ethiopia, Admasu leadership in transforming how psychiatric services are delivered has become a model for scaling up and the delivery of mental health care in Ethiopia. Admasu has also been nominated as outstanding 2013 Harvard Health Leader which is part of the Ministerial Leadership in Health Program at Harvard University. A Medical Doctor by training with a Masters in Public Health, Admasu has dedicated his entire career to public service and scientific research focused on major public health problems in Ethiopia.