Zenebe Melaku

Zenebe Melaku, MD is the country director for ICAP Ethiopia. In this role, Dr. Zenebe oversees the planning and implementation of multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS care and treatment at ICAP-supported sites in four regions of Ethiopia (Oromiya, Somali, Dire Dawa, and Harari). He provides technical and managerial oversight to care and treatment activities at the national, regional, and site levels and also liaises with the Federal Ministry of Health and other project partners and collaborators.

Before joining ICAP, Dr. Zenebe was the technical advisor for HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment at CDC/Ethiopia. There, Dr. Zenebe assisted in the development and implementation of the National pMTCT (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Tranmission) Implementation Framework, National ART Implementation Guidelines, Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Guidelines, and ART Monitoring and Evaluation tools. He also helped prepare the country operation plan for President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the country implementation plans for CDC and USAID and played a key role in the coordination of pMTCT, care and support, and treatment activities. Dr. Zenebe also planned, conducted, and evaluated a number of national training initiatives on HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Previous to his position as technical advisor at CDC/Ethiopia, Dr. Zenebe was an associate professor of internal medicine at Addis Ababa University, where he taught neurology and clinical immunology, including HIV/AIDS, and served as the clinical instructor for in-service training on comprehensive clinical management of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Zenebe holds a medical doctorate with a specialty in internal medicine from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He earned a diploma in tropical neurology and certificate of fellowship in neurology from University of Limoges, France, as well as certificates in rheumatology, advanced epidemiology and research methodology, and clinical field trials from the University of Bergen, Norway. Dr. Zenebe also earned a certificate in training of the trainer from the Johns Hopkins University HIV/AIDS Management Program and a certificate for completion of the International HIV Training Program, organized by San Francisco General Hospital in California.