Haramaya University is one of the country’s oldest institutions of higher learning. The University’s College of Health and Medical Sciences is based in the city of Harar to facilitate training of students in nearby hospitals. This campus also hosts the office of the two Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems sites (HDSS): Kersa (which is predominantly rural) and Harar (urban).
There are two main hospitals serving these HDSS: Jugel Hospital and Hiwot Fana University Hospital. In addition to these two hospitals in Harar, one district hospital located in Haramaya serves Kersa HDSS, as well as various district health centers and community health posts. These posts are staffed by health extension workers that provide immunizations and family planning services, as well as partner with birth attendants to support access to clean and safe community deliveries.
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was formally established as an independent institution in 2014 – building on the strong foundation of the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) that was created in 1996.
Working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, EPHI provides evidence-based information for public health policy formation and resource allocation through the key functions of disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and control, health information analysis, research, training, health promotion, and laboratory science. With responsibility and authority for aggregating and centralizing public health functions within Ethiopia and promoting health security, EPHI is well positioned to achieve major national health goals and improve health outcomes for the country’s population.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a research university in London that specializes in global and public health.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has convened the consortium of stakeholders to collaborate and support the establishment of CHAMPS in Ethiopia. This consortium will include CHAMPS’ other national partners in Ethiopia: the Ministry of Health and The Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Armauer-Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) and the Ethiopian Public Health Association, as well as the HDSS and regional University.