Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Dean
School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences
Addis Ababa University
deressaw@gmail.com

Dr. Wakgari Deressa is currently an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Public Health (SPH) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. He joined the SPH as an academic staff in October 2001 and has been engaged in teaching epidemiology and biostatistics courses for both undergraduate medical and postgraduate public health and biomedical students at the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Wakgari obtained his PhD in Public Health from AAU in August 2007 with dissertation title on “Malaria in Rural Ethiopia: Household Response, Economic Cost and Demographic Impact”. He has more than 10 years of research experience in malaria and other infectious diseases. Dr. Wakgari has also been engaged in studies related to HIV/AIDS, adolescent health risk behaviors, family planning and reproductive health issues. He has advised more than 30 graduate students of AAU for their master’s thesis and currently advising five PhD students. Due to his active engagement in research, he has authored and co-authored more than 30 articles on peer-reviewed, reputable national and international journals since 2003. As a result, he was awarded a Gold Medal of the prestigious Young Public Health Research Award of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) in October 2007. Dr. Wakgari is currently working on climate change and health with particular focus on malaria. He is the principal investigator of the Ethiopian Malaria Prediction System (EMaPS) project (2007-2011) funded by the Norwegian NUFU program. The EMaPS project is a collaborative multidisciplinary research project (http://emaps.uib.no). Researchers from Ethiopia and Norway work together to develop and validate models for predicting malaria transmission and set up an early warning by combining information on climate, water, epidemiological and entomological data. By the end of the project period, EMaPS will try to provide an implementation approach for early malaria warning. The project also aims to strengthen research, and improve interdisciplinary research capacity in Ethiopia and Norway.The collaboration aims to strengthen PhD and masters programs and will strengthen international collaboration on climate and health research. Dr. Wakgari has maintained strong interest in being involved with global health research and capacity building activities in Africa.