Tuberculosis (TB)

Global TB Programme

Haileyesus Getahun, Coordinator, TB/HIV and Community Engagement

Dr Haileyesus Getahun is Coordinator of the TB/HIV and community engagement unit at the WHO Global TB Programme in Geneva, Switzerland since 2011. The core focus of this unit is to develop relevant policies, strategies, guidelines and tools to further advance universal access to TB and HIV prevention and care, and integrated community-based TB activities, including the effective engagement of nongovernmental and other civil society organizations. Dr Getahun leads WHO’s efforts to scale up the implementation of collaborative TB/HIV, prevention and latent TB management, community-based TB activities and integration of TB into maternal, newborn and child health services.

Dr Getahun has been working with WHO since 2003 at different capacities. He coordinated and served as the lead writer for the global WHO interim policy on collaborative TB/HIV activities, the revised recommendations for improving the diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV, the WHO policy on TB screening and prevention among people living with HIV as well as the WHO policy on the management of latent TB infection. He has also contributed to the development of several other WHO TB and HIV policies and guidelines, including ART and TB treatment guidelines.

Before joining WHO, Dr Getahun worked in several public health areas including in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition and health systems research in both the government and non-government sectors at different capacities. He was trained as a medical doctor in Ethiopia. He obtained Masters in Public Health from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and his PhD in public health and epidemiology from the University of Ghent and Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. In October 2011, Dr Getahun was awarded the prestigious Union Scientific Prize for his outstanding work on TB and HIV-associated TB. He was also awarded the Young Public Health Researcher Award for the first time in Ethiopia in 1999 and has also got other awards from the Ethiopian Medical Association. He has contributed several peer reviewed publications on different topics in prestigious journals and has written several book chapters.