VECD Fellowship Site Directors: 
Henry M. Blumberg, MD (Emory University)
Miliard Derbew, MD (AAU)


Site Contact:
Mark Hutcheson


Site Specialties:

  • Ophthalmology 
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Tuberculosis
  • Nursing
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Mental Health

Site Description

Addis Ababa University (AAU) was established in 1950 and is the largest higher learning and research institute in Ethiopia, with more than 48,000 students (including more than 14,000 graduate students) across multiple campuses in Addis Ababa and the surrounding area. As one of the largest research institutes in sub-Saharan Africa, AAU strives to provide need-based community services and provide problem-solving research outputs to foster Ethiopia’s socioeconomic development. 

The collaboration between Emory and AAU began in 1998 through the Carter Center Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative (EPHTI). AAU is now considered a key strategic partner for Global Health for Emory, with major projects that serve as the platforms for hands-on experiences for VECD trainees.

Fekadu Bulti, MFSc, PhD
Joseph Licht, PhD, MA

Nebiat Gebreselassie, PhD 
Samrawit Yisahak
Keri Allen, MD
Fran Wu, MD, MPH