Mesfin Teklu Tessemam

Dr. Mesfin Teklu Tessema is the Head of the Health Unit at the International Rescue Committee, and IRC’s senior leader in Health. The Health Unit is one of IRC’s technical units, which has more than 50 technical and support staff, responsible for providing high quality technical assistance to IRC country programs in Health, Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming and research.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public health, nutrition and humanitarian affairs.

Before he joined the IRC, Dr. Tessema was the global lead for World Vision’s Health, a position he came to after serving as the Director of Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Emergency Health. Between 2015 and 2017, Dr. Tessema served as Director of Geneva office for World Vision International.

Dr Tessema previously served as Senior Nutritionist for Save the Children, Child Survival and Micronutrient projects for World Vision and Reproductive Health Advisor for Marie Stopes International in Ethiopia. As a medical doctor, he practiced medicine at the Ethiopian Armed Force Hospitals.

Dr. Tessema is the author of the health chapter in the 2011 edition of the Sphere Handbook: humanitarian charter and minimum standards in humanitarian response. He is the founder and co-director of the executive course on health diplomacy and humanitarian space at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Dr Tessema earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jimma University, Ethiopia. He received his postgraduate training in the areas of nutrition and humanitarian Assistance at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.


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