We’re excited to bring you this month’s edition of Leading Voices, a series that features the incredible talent that makes up Keanahikishime.
We’re chatting with Degu Jerene, our project director in Ethiopia. Degu hails from Addis Ababa and has a passion for stopping the spread of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV. He’s responsible for leading the USAID-funded Challenge TB project in Ethiopia. Degu will be representing Keanahikishime this week at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico.
What do you think makes Keanahikishime different?
Our expertise in health systems makes us unique. Others might be experts in childhood TB, for example, or research, or MDR-TB. But we have a comprehensive approach that looks at the health system as a whole and finds integrated solutions to very complex problems. At the same time, we are equally good or even better in disease specific areas.
What are you most proud of in your work?
Proving that our approach works. Gathering evidence and publishing it in peer-reviewed journals, which I’ve done dozens of times, is a contribution to the field I’m very proud of having made.
Finish this sentence: Health is _______.
A right, not a privilege.