H.E. Prof. Yifru Berhan Mitke

Minister of Health, Ethiopia

H.E. Prof. Yifru Berhan Mitke was born in North Shoa in 1972 and completed his junior and secondary education at Enewari High School. He had to travel over 60 km, cross the deep "Jemma" river gorge lasting over 6 hours, just to reach his high school at least once per month for 6 years. With all this hardship he excelled in his education. He obtained a medical degree in 1997 and has served with great distinction at one of the remote health centers in Bule, Gedeo zone – where he provided compassionate and dedicated services. He has also played a significant role in mitigating and fighting disease outbreaks such as typhoid fever, in the hospital where he served after completing his specialty in 2005.

Professor Yifru was appointed and served in the following experiences፡

  • Lead different projects and research teams
  • Worked as head of Bule woreda health office
  • Medical Director of Dilla Hospital
  • Lecturer at Dilla College of Teachers Education and Health Sciences
  • Hawassa University Senate member and Health Sciences College Dean from 2005 to 2014
  • Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences Dean; in the Rank of Vice president from 2015 to 2017
  • Published more than 70 articles in reputable national and international journals individually and as a team
Professor Yifru Berhan registered tremendous results health development and health research in his various leadership positions, as well as the academic arena.

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