Dr. Abel Irena is PSI's Nutrition Research Advisor. PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV/AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.Abel has a medical doctorate degree from Jimma University, in Ethiopia, and masters of Science in public health from LSHTM. He has worked as a General Practitioner in Ethiopia, and has lectured on public health and human physiology at Jimma University and the Defence University Health Science College. He worked as a nutritionist with Save the Children (US) in Ethiopia in 2003-2004. Since 2005 Abel has worked for Valid International, first as a Country Manager and Community Therapeutic Care Advisor in Ethiopia, and since 2008 as the Principal Research Officer and Valid's in-country Technical Advisor in Zambia. Abel is an expert in maternal and child health and nutrition.
May 24, 2012 / Abel Irena
PSI's Abel Irena interviews Saul Morris, a program officer at the foundation working on how best to improve the health and lives of children in developing countries.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
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In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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