Dr. Tewabech Bishaw receives AWiB’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Yearly AWiB WOE Celebration Gala on October 28, 2018

Dr. Tewabech Bishaw

Dr. Tewabech Bishaw, born and raised in Jimma, Ethiopia, is a passionate public health specialist who has spent over 40 years in the sector. A people’s person who has spent a lifetime in service of the health and well-being of Ethiopians, Dr. Tewabech is driven by focusing her life on people centered activities and matters concerned with human rights, equality, justice and freedom. AWiB’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award honors the life and work of Dr. Tewabech Bishaw – A Public Health Devotee.

Dr. Tewabech has contributed immensely to the improvement of the health service delivery of Ethiopia. First as a Health Officer responsible for a Health Center which catered the health service delivery for about 500,000 at that time. At the capacity of Department Head of Health Education and Training Program she contributed a lot in the overall areas: training, developing curriculums and the overall activities of the Ministry of Health

Dr. Tewabech is one of the founding members of the Ethiopian Public Health Association which was established over 26 years ago and faithfully served as its president twice. She is also founding member and currently the Secretary General of the African Federation of Public Health Associations established in 2011. It is an umbrella of National Public Health Associations and Networks that covers all African countries. The main aim is to enable public health professionals to actively engage through their associations to further develop the health care system within their countries. Under the umbrella, there are 33 registered associations from 53 countries. From the 33 registered associations, 28 are actively participating. In her ongoing championing of public health, Dr. Tewabech sees her current role as the strengthening of the African Federation of Public Health Associations toward enabling them to take stronger actions within their countries

Dr. Tewabech’s full story will be featured on November AWiB Effect Focus.

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