Mulatu Biru Shargie

Research Fellow

PhD, Medical Science (focus on Global Health), Lund University
MPH, International Public Health, Lund University
BSc, Public Health, Jimma University
Kuala Lumpur
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Dr. Mulatu Biru Shargie, a Research Fellow-Capacity Building specialist at UNU-IIGH, leads a project improving decision-making in global health programs through a MOOC on Ethics and Equity in Global Health. The target audience includes health policy managers, government officers, UN agencies, and program implementers.

Before joining UNU, he held various key roles, including Research Director for a USAID TB elimination project by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in Ethiopia, Director of Knowledge Management at Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), and leadership positions in HIV/AIDS and pediatric HIV programs at ICAP and IntraHealth International.

Dr. Mulatu Biru is a seasoned public health specialist with 20+ years of experience, holding a PhD in medical science and a master’s in international public health from Lund University, Sweden. Proficient in program management, strategic planning, and research, he excels in HIV/AIDS, TB, ART/PMTCT, Gender and Health, and maternal/child health. Driven by collaboration, he's contributed to key national guidelines and policies, showcasing expertise in data access, HIV case management, and information systems security.

Dr. Mulatu Biru's research centers on implementation strategies promoting evidence-based decision making within healthcare systems to enhance health outcomes and mitigate disparities. He applies this focus to projects in Maternal and Child health, with a special emphasis on HIV/AIDS, its impact on adolescent girls and young women, Tuberculosis elimination, and improving surgical practices' quality and safety. Moreover, he explores leveraging digital health practices and governance to ensure equitable, high-quality healthcare, particularly in resource-constrained global regions.