Zeleke Albechew became TB Control Programme Technical Advisor in Ghana in February 2015. Originally from Ethiopia, Zeleke has an MPH in Epidemiology from Addis Ababa University, a B.Sc. in Environmental Health Science from Jimma University, and a Diploma in Sanitary Science from Gondar College of Medical Science. He has experience working as an Advisor to the WHO on evaluating TB prevalence surveys in Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Rwanda and Cambodia, and was a corresponding author on Ethiopia’s first national tuberculosis prevalence survey. He is the first person who did National TB prevalence survey in Africa within the last 50 years.
Prior to becoming an Advisor, Zeleke worked for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute as the Ethiopian National HIV Surveillance Coordinator, where he was responsible to lead and coordinate HIV most at risk population survey study in major regional capitals of Ethiopia. Zeleke also worked as M&E advisor for TB and Leprosy control program of Ethiopia where he was responsible for all M&E related activities, procurement and distribution of TB drugs, global fund biannual progress update report. He also has extensive lecturing experience and many scholarly publications to his name.
As an Advisor, he has supported Ghana in the execution of the national prevalence survey by analyzing the survey data and writing the draft survey report. He has also assisted in the revision of the baseline assessment tool for the implementation of Global Fund grants and new NSP for TB control by aligning the tool based on indicators in the Concept Note. He developed scale up plan of for 52 TB molecular testing sites (Genexpert testing sites) to cover the 90 high TB incidence reporting districts of Ghana. He is the technical Coordinator of the undergoing AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria mortality study in Ghana. He is providing technical support to the programme on implementation of Global fund grants.