Dr. Mengistu Asnake is a public health specialist with 20 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management, training, and clinical service delivery.
Dr. Asnake joined Pathfinder International in 1999 and served as acting country representative before assuming the position of deputy country representative. He is primarily responsible for coordinating technical aspects of Pathfinder/Ethiopia programs in the area of reproductive health and family planning including the prevention and control of STI/HIV/AIDS, and for overseeing program implementation. Currently he is the chief of party for the USAID- funded Integrated Family Health Program managed by Pathfinder International in partnership with John Snow Inc. and a local NGO the Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA).
December 01, 2011 / Dr. Mengistu Asnake
When I first began work in community-based health care in the 1990s, only 3 percent of married women in Ethiopia used a modern method of contraceptive. Family planning was scarce, to say the least.
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