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Name: Fasil Kassa

Position Title: Senior TB and Global Fund Grant Advisor (Ethiopia)

Location: Ethiopia

Technical Expertise: Infectious Diseases,Water, Sanitation and Hygiene,TB

Fasil Kassa has started his professional career at health center and district level where all public health interventions are practiced at the grassroots level. He was responsible to facilitate the prevention and control of communicable diseases and environmental health programs. During his stay at the woreda, he realized the impact of infectious diseases in the community and registered remarkable achievements on expansion of vaccination services, DOT services, malaria control, potable water supply and latrine construction and reduction of preventable illness.

Fasil was invited to join the federal ministry of health as Malaria and other vector borne diseases expert and then was promoted to the highest technical post of the ministry as Tuberculosis and Global fund grants senior advisor. During his stay as an advisor,he has enabled the NTP and the sub-recipients to fulfill disbursement requirements, facilitated the periodic program review and the development M&E, procurement and expansion plans and has facilitated the grant application, grant making and successful implementation and liquidation of round 1, round 6 TB and Round 9 health systems global fund grants. Most notably fulfilled the GLC requirements and started management of drug resistant TB in the country for the first time and then scale up to different sites and ambulatory care options, then Fasil moved to Ethiopian Health and Research Institute the current EPHI to conduct the first population-based TB prevalence survey and MARP surveys for HIV. Both surveys where one of the first and the best in Africa with more than 90% participation rate and the experiences and the lessons learnt shared across Africa and southeast Asian countries through south to south support mechanism of WHO and Global Fund. He also supported the NTP to publish the first National TB operational research roadmap. Currently, he is based in Addis Ababa working as founding member and CEO of Nitsuh Ethiopia and providing Technical Assistance to different agencies in Ethiopia and overseas.