Dr Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema
Senior Research Associate

Dr Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema

•    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), UNSW, Sydney
•    MPH, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
•    BSc in Environmental Health, Jimma University, Ethiopia

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Population Health, UNSW. I hold a PhD in health systems and services from UNSW and a Master of Public Health from Mekelle University, Ethiopia. 

My research interest and experience span health services, implementation science, health policy and systems research. Specifically, my research portfolio is focused on strengthening primary healthcare systems and advancing health workforce development in diverse settings, with particular emphasis on underserved and marginalized communities. 

Prior to joining UNSW, I was a research associate at the George Institute for Global Health, Australia, where I currently hold an honorary fellow position. I have also served as a public health researcher and academic in Ethiopia. During this period, I taught various public health courses and supervised both undergraduate and graduate students.
 

Phone
+61-2-9385 2517
Location
Level 2, Samuels Building, F25, Samuel Terry Ave, Kensington NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Ajisegiri WS; Abimbola S; Tesema AG; Odusanya OO; Peiris D; Joshi R, 2023, '“We just have to help”: Community health workers' informal task-shifting and task-sharing practices for hypertension and diabetes care in Nigeria', Frontiers in Public Health, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1038062
    Journal articles | 2023
    Gelaw YA; Koye DN; Alene KA; Ahmed KY; Assefa Y; Erku DA; Tegegn HG; Tesema AG; Zeleke BM; Melaku YA, 2023, 'Socio-demographic correlates of unhealthy lifestyle in Ethiopia: a secondary analysis of a national survey', BMC Public Health, 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-16436-7
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ajisegiri WS; Abimbola S; Tesema AG; Odusanya OO; Peiris D; Joshi R, 2022, 'The organisation of primary health care service delivery for non-communicable diseases in Nigeria: A case-study analysis.', PLOS Glob Public Health, 2, pp. e0000566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0000566
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ajisegiri WS; Peiris D; Abimbola S; Odusanya OO; Tesema AG; Joshi R; Angell B, 2022, 'It is not all about salary: A discrete-choice experiment to determine community health workers' motivation for work in Nigeria', BMJ Global Health, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-009718
    Journal articles | 2022
    Gesesew H; Berhane K; Siraj ES; Siraj D; Gebregziabher M; Tesema AG; Siraj A; Aregawi M; Gezahegn S; Tesfay FH, 2022, 'The impact of war on the health system of the Tigray region in Ethiopia: a response to complaints', BMJ Global Health, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-008839
    Journal articles | 2022
    Kahsay ZH; Tesema AG; Tesfa FH; Gebretsadkan BT; Hagos Gebretsadik W; Hackett ML, 2022, 'Patterns of Psychoactive Substance Misuse in Undergraduate University Students: The Case of Mekelle University, Ethiopia', Challenges, 13, pp. 54 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/challe13020054
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tesema AG; Peiris D; Abimbola S; Ajisegiri WS; Narasimhan P; Mulugeta A; Joshi R, 2022, 'Community health extension workers’ training and supervision in Ethiopia: Exploring impact and implementation challenges for non-communicable disease service delivery', PLOS Global Public Health, 2, pp. e0001160 - e0001160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0001160
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tesema AG; Peiris D; Joshi R; Abimbola S; Fentaye FW; Teklu AM; Kinfu Y, 2022, 'Exploring complementary and competitive relations between non-communicable disease services and other health extension programme services in Ethiopia: a multilevel analysis', BMJ Global Health, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-009025
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ajisegiri WS; Abimbola S; Tesema AG; Odusanya OO; Ojji DB; Peiris D; Joshi R, 2021, 'Aligning policymaking in decentralized health systems: Evaluation of strategies to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in Nigeria.', PLOS Glob Public Health, 1, pp. e0000050, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0000050
    Journal articles | 2021
    Alene KA; Gelaw YA; Fetene DM; Koye DN; Melaku YA; Gesesew H; Birhanu MM; Adane AA; Muluneh MD; Dachew BA; Abrha S; Aregay A; Ayele AA; Bezabhe WM; Gebremariam KT; Gebremedhin T; Gebremedhin AT; Gebremichael L; Geleto AB; Kassahun HT; Kibret GD; Leshargie CT; Mekonnen A; Mirkuzie AH; Mohammed H; Tegegn HG; Tesema AG; Tesfay FH; Wubishet BL; Kinfu Y, 2021, 'COVID-19 in Ethiopia: A geospatial analysis of vulnerability to infection, case severity and death', BMJ Open, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044606
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gesesew H; Berhane K; Siraj ES; Siraj D; Gebregziabher M; Gebre YG; Gebreslassie SA; Amdes F; Tesema AG; Siraj A; Aregawi M; Gezahegn S; Tesfay FH, 2021, 'The impact of war on the health system of the Tigray region in Ethiopia: An assessment', BMJ Global Health, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007328
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gesesew HA; Koye DN; Fetene DM; Woldegiorgis M; Kinfu Y; Geleto AB; Melaku YA; Mohammed H; Alene KA; Awoke MA; Birhanu MM; Gebremedhin AT; Gelaw YA; Shifti DM; Muluneh MD; Tegegne TK; Abrha S; Aregay AF; Ayalew MB; Gebre AK; Gebremariam KT; Gebremedhin T; Gebremichael L; Leshargie CT; Kibret GD; Meazaw MW; Mekonnen AB; Tekle DY; Tesema AG; Tesfay FH; Tesfaye W; Wubishet BL; Dachew BA; Adane AA, 2021, 'Risk factors for COVID-19 infection, disease severity and related deaths in Africa: A systematic review', BMJ Open, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044618
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tesema AG; Abimbola S; Mulugeta A; Ajisegiri WS; Narasimhan P; Joshi R; Peiris D, 2021, 'Health system capacity and readiness for delivery of integrated non-communicable disease services in primary health care: A qualitative analysis of the Ethiopian experience', PLOS Global Public Health, 1, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0000026
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tesema AG; Kinfu Y, 2021, 'Reorienting and rebuilding the health system in war-torn Tigray, Ethiopia', BMJ Global Health, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007088
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tessema GA; Kinfu Y; Dachew BA; Tesema AG; Assefa Y; Alene KA; Aregay AF; Ayalew MB; Bezabhe WM; Bali AG; Dadi AF; Duko B; Erku D; Gebrekidan K; Gebremariam KT; Gebremichael LG; Gebreyohannes EA; Gelaw YA; Gesesew HA; Kibret GD; Leshargie CT; Meazew MW; Mekonnen A; Mirkuzie AH; Mohammed H; Tekle DY; Tesfay FH, 2021, 'The COVID-19 pandemic and healthcare systems in Africa: A scoping review of preparedness, impact and response', BMJ Global Health, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007179
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ajisegiri W; Azeb T; Joshi R; Odusanya O; Peiris D; Abimbola S, 2020, 'Is decentralisation effective for prevention and control of NCDs in Nigeria?', Africa health, https://africa-health.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AH-2020-04-lo-res-16-NCDs.pdf
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gebrehiwot T; Geberemariyam BS; Gebretsadik T; Gebresilassie A, 2020, 'Prevalence of diarrheal diseases among schools with and without water, sanitation and hygiene programs in rural communities of north-eastern Ethiopia: a comparative cross-sectional study', Rural and Remote Health, 20, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.22605/RRH4907
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tesema A; Joshi R; Abimbola S; Ajisegiri W; Narasimhan P; Peiris D, 2020, 'Addressing barriers to primary health-care services for noncommunicable diseases in the African Region', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/en/
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tesema AG; Ajisegiri WS; Abimbola S; Balane C; Kengne AP; Shiferaw F; Dangou JM; Narasimhan P; Joshi R; Peiris D, 2020, 'How well are non-communicable disease services being integrated into primary health care in Africa: A review of progress against World Health Organization's African regional targets', PLoS ONE, 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240984
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tesema AG; Kahsay ZH; Lemma GG; Gebretsadik WH; Weldemaryam MM; Alemayohu GG; Hackett ML, 2020, 'Prevalence of factors associated with and level of dependence of psychoactive substance use among mekelle university students, Ethiopia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030847
    Journal articles | 2019
    Kahsay ZH; Tesema AG; Bazzano AN, 2019, 'A qualitative study of drivers of psychoactive substance use among Mekelle University students, Northern Ethiopia', Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13011-018-0190-1
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dieleman JL; Haakenstad A; Micah A; Moses M; Abbafati C; Acharya P; Adhikari TB; Adou AK; Kiadaliri AA; Alam K; Alizadeh-Navaei R; Alkerwi A; Ammar W; Antonio CAT; Aremu O; Asgedom SW; Atey TM; Avila-Burgos L; Awasthi A; Ayer R; Badali H; Banach M; Banstola A; Barac A; Belachew AB; Birungi C; Bragazzi NL; Breitborde NJK; Cahuana-Hurtado L; Car J; Catalá-López F; Chapin A; Dandona L; Dandona R; Daryani A; Dharmaratne SD; Dubey M; Edessa D; Eldrenkamp E; Eshrati B; Faro A; Feigl AB; Fenny AP; Fischer F; Foigt N; Foreman KJ; Fullman N; Ghimire M; Goli S; Hailu AD; Hamidi S; Harb HL; Hay SI; Hendrie D; Ikilezi G; Javanbakht M; John D; Jonas JB; Kaldjian A; Kasaeian A; Kates J; Khalil IA; Khang YH; Khubchandani J; Kim YJ; Kinge JM; Kosen S; Krohn KJ; Kumar GA; Lam H; Listl S; El Razek HMA; El Razek MMA; Majeed A; Malekzadeh R; Malta DC; Mensah GA; Meretoja A; Miller TR; Mirrakhimov EM; Mlashu FW; Mohammed E; Mohammed S; Naghavi M; Nangia V; Ngalesoni FN; Nguyen CT; Nguyen TH; Niriayo Y; Noroozi M; Owolabi MO; Pereira DM; Qorbani M; Rafay A; Rafiei A; Rahimi-Movaghar V; Rai RK; Ram U; Ranabhat CL; Ray SE, 2018, 'Spending on health and HIV/AIDS: domestic health spending and development assistance in 188 countries, 1995–2015', The Lancet, 391, pp. 1799 - 1829, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30698-6
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dieleman JL; Sadat N; Chang AY; Fullman N; Abbafati C; Acharya P; Adou AK; Ahmad Kiadaliri A; Alam K; Alizadeh-Navaei R; Alkerwi A; Ammar W; Antonio CAT; Aremu O; Asgedom SW; Atey TM; Avila-Burgos L; Ayer R; Badali H; Banach M; Banstola A; Barac A; Belachew AB; Birungi C; Bragazzi NL; Breitborde NJK; Cahuana-Hurtado L; Car J; Catalá-López F; Chapin A; Chen CS; Dandona L; Dandona R; Daryani A; Dharmaratne SD; Dubey M; Edessa D; Eldrenkamp E; Eshrati B; Faro A; Feigl AB; Fenny AP; Fischer F; Foigt N; Foreman KJ; Ghimire M; Goli S; Hailu AD; Hamidi S; Harb HL; Hay SI; Hendrie D; Ikilezi G; Javanbakht M; John D; Jonas JB; Kaldjian A; Kasaeian A; Kasahun YC; Khalil IA; Khang YH; Khubchandani J; Kim YJ; Kinge JM; Kosen S; Krohn KJ; Kumar GA; Lafranconi A; Lam H; Listl S; Magdy Abd El Razek H; Magdy Abd El Razek M; Majeed A; Malekzadeh R; Malta DC; Martinez G; Mensah GA; Meretoja A; Micah A; Miller TR; Mirrakhimov EM; Mlashu FW; Mohammed E; Mohammed S; Moses M; Mousavi SM; Naghavi M; Nangia V; Ngalesoni FN; Nguyen CT; Nguyen TH; Niriayo Y; Noroozi M; Owolabi MO; Patel T; Pereira DM; Polinder S; Qorbani M; Rafay A; Rafiei A, 2018, 'Trends in future health financing and coverage: future health spending and universal health coverage in 188 countries, 2016–40', The Lancet, 391, pp. 1783 - 1798, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30697-4
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fullman N; Yearwood J; Abay SM; Abbafati C; Abd-Allah F; Abdela J; Abdelalim A; Abebe Z; Abebo TA; Aboyans V; Abraha HN; Abreu DMX; Abu-Raddad LJ; Adane AA; Adedoyin RA; Adetokunboh O; Adhikari TB; Afarideh M; Afshin A; Agarwal G; Agius D; Agrawal A; Agrawal S; Ahmad Kiadaliri A; Aichour MTE; Akibu M; Akinyemi RO; Akinyemiju TF; Akseer N; Al Lami FH; Alahdab F; Al-Aly Z; Alam K; Alam T; Alasfoor D; Albittar MI; Alene KA; Al-Eyadhy A; Ali SD; Alijanzadeh M; Aljunid SM; Alkerwi A; Alla F; Allebeck P; Allen C; Alomari MA; Al-Raddadi R; Alsharif U; Altirkawi KA; Alvis-Guzman N; Amare AT; Amenu K; Ammar W; Amoako YA; Anber N; Andrei CL; Androudi S; Antonio CAT; Araújo VEM; Aremu O; Ärnlöv J; Artaman A; Aryal KK; Asayesh H; Asfaw ET; Asgedom SW; Asghar RJ; Ashebir MM; Asseffa NA; Atey TM; Atre SR; Atteraya MS; Avila-Burgos L; Avokpaho EFGA; Awasthi A; Ayala Quintanilla BP; Ayalew AA; Ayele HT; Ayer R; Ayuk TB; Azzopardi P; Azzopardi-Muscat N; Babalola TK; Badali H; Badawi A; Banach M; Banerjee A; Banstola A; Barber RM; Barboza MA; Barker-Collo SL; Bärnighausen T; Barquera S; Barrero LH; Bassat Q; Basu S; Baune BT; Bazargan-Hejazi S; Bedi N; Beghi E, 2018, 'Measuring performance on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 195 countries and territories and selected subnational locations: A systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016', The Lancet, 391, pp. 2236 - 2271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30994-2
    Journal articles | 2018
    Sahiledengle B; Gebresilassie A; Getahun T; Hiko D, 2018, 'Infection Prevention Practices and Associated Factors among Healthcare Workers in Governmental Healthcare Facilities in Addis Ababa', Ethiopian journal of health sciences, 28, pp. 177 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ejhs.v28i2.9
    Journal articles | 2017
    Barber RM; Fullman N; Sorensen RJD; Bollyky T; McKee M; Nolte E; Abajobir AA; Abate KH; Abbafati C; Abbas KM; Abd-Allah F; Abdulle AM; Abdurahman AA; Abera SF; Abraham B; Abreha GF; Adane K; Adelekan AL; Adetifa IMO; Afshin A; Agarwal A; Agarwal SK; Agarwal S; Agrawal A; Kiadaliri AA; Ahmadi A; Ahmed KY; Ahmed MB; Akinyemi RO; Akinyemiju TF; Akseer N; Al-Aly Z; Alam K; Alam N; Alam SS; Alemu ZA; Alene KA; Alexander L; Ali R; Ali SD; Alizadeh-Navaei R; Alkerwi A; Alla F; Allebeck P; Allen C; Al-Raddadi R; Alsharif U; Altirkawi KA; Martin EA; Alvis-Guzman N; Amare AT; Amini E; Ammar W; Amo-Adjei J; Amoako YA; Anderson BO; Androudi S; Ansari H; Ansha MG; Antonio CAT; Ärnlöv J; Artaman A; Asayesh H; Assadi R; Astatkie A; Atey TM; Atique S; Atnafu NT; Atre SR; Avila-Burgos L; Avokpaho EFGA; Quintanilla BPA; Awasthi A; Ayele NN; Azzopardi P; Saleem HOB; Bärnighausen T; Bacha U; Badawi A; Banerjee A; Barac A; Barboza MA; Barker-Collo SL; Barrero LH; Basu S; Baune BT; Baye K; Bayou YT; Bazargan-Hejazi S; Bedi N; Beghi E; Béjot Y; Bello AK; Bennett DA; Bensenor IM; Berhane A; Bernabé E; Bernal OA; Beyene AS; Beyene TJ; Bhutta ZA; Biadgilign S; Bikbov B; Birlik SM; Birungi C; Biryukov S; Bisanzio D; Bizuayehu HM; Bose D; Brainin M; Brauer M; Brazinova A; Breitborde NJK; Brenner H; Butt ZA; Cárdenas R; Cahuana-Hurtado L; Campos-Nonato IR; Car J; Carrero JJ; Casey D; Caso V; Castañeda-Orjuela CA; Rivas JC; Catalá-López F; Cecilio P; Cercy K; Charlson FJ; Chen AZ; Chew A; Chibalabala M; Chibueze CE; Chisumpa VH; Chitheer AA; Chowdhury R; Christensen H; Christopher DJ; Ciobanu LG; Cirillo M; Coggeshall MS; Cooper LT; Cortinovis M; Crump JA; Dalal K; Danawi H; Dandona L; Dandona R; Dargan PI; das Neves J; Davey G; Davitoiu DV; Davletov K; De Leo D; Del Gobbo LC; del Pozo-Cruz B; Dellavalle RP; Deribe K; Deribew A; Des Jarlais DC; Dey S; Dharmaratne SD; Dicker D; Ding EL; Dokova K; Dorsey ER; Doyle KE; Dubey M; Ehrenkranz R; Ellingsen CL; Elyazar I; Enayati A; Ermakov SP; Eshrati B; Esteghamati A; 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Tekle DY; Shifa GT; Terkawi AS; Tesema AG; Thakur JS; Thomson AJ; Tillmann T; Tiruye TY; Tobe-Gai R; Tonelli M; Topor-Madry R; Tortajada M; Troeger C; Truelsen T; Tura AK; Uchendu US; Ukwaja KN; Undurraga EA; Uneke CJ; Uthman OA; van Boven JFM; Van Dingenen R; Varughese S; Vasankari T; Venketasubramanian N; Violante FS; Vladimirov SK; Vlassov VV; Vollset SE; Vos T; Wagner JA; Wakayo T; Waller SG; Walson JL; Wang H; Wang Y-P; Watkins DA; Weiderpass E; Weintraub RG; Wen C-P; Werdecker A; Wesana J; Westerman R; Whiteford HA; Wilkinson JD; Wiysonge CS; Woldeyes BG; Wolfe CDA; Won S; Workicho A; Workie SB; Wubshet M; Xavier D; Xu G; Yadav AK; Yaghoubi M; Yakob B; Yan LL; Yano Y; Yaseri M; Yimam HH; Yip P; Yonemoto N; Yoon S-J; Younis MZ; Yu C; Zaidi Z; El Sayed Zaki M; Zambrana-Torrelio C; Zapata T; Zenebe ZM; Zodpey S; Zoeckler L; Zuhlke LJ; Murray CJL, 2017, 'Healthcare Access and Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015', The Lancet, 390, pp. 231 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30818-8
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dieleman J; Campbell M; Chapin A; Eldrenkamp E; Fan VY; Haakenstad A; Kates J; Liu Y; Matyasz T; Micah A; Reynolds A; Sadat N; Schneider MT; Sorensen R; Evans T; Evans D; Kurowski C; Tandon A; Abbas KM; Abera SF; Ahmad Kiadaliri A; Ahmed KY; Ahmed MB; Alam K; Alizadeh-Navaei R; Alkerwi A; Amini E; Ammar W; Amrock SM; Antonio CAT; Atey TM; Avila-Burgos L; Awasthi A; Barac A; Bernal OA; Beyene AS; Beyene TJ; Birungi C; Bizuayehu HM; Breitborde NJK; Cahuana-Hurtado L; Castro RE; Catalá-López F; Dalal K; Dandona L; Dandona R; De Jager P; Dharmaratne SD; Dubey M; Farinha CSES; Faro A; Feigl AB; Fischer F; Fitchett JRA; Foigt N; Giref AZ; Gupta R; Hamidi S; Harb HL; Hay SI; Hendrie D; Horino M; Jürisson M; Jakovljevic MB; Javanbakht M; John D; Jonas JB; Karimi SM; Khang YH; Khubchandani J; Kim YJ; Kinge JM; Krohn KJ; Kumar GA; Magdy Abd El Razek H; Magdy Abd El Razek M; Majeed A; Malekzadeh R; Masiye F; Meier T; Meretoja A; Miller TR; Mirrakhimov EM; Mohammed S; Nangia V; Olgiati S; Osman AS; Owolabi MO; Patel T; Paternina Caicedo AJ; Pereira DM; Perelman J; Polinder S; Rafay A; Rahimi-Movaghar V; Rai RK; Ram U; Ranabhat CL; Roba HS; Salama J, 2017, 'Evolution and patterns of global health financing 1995-2014: Development assistance for health, and government, prepaid private, and out-of-pocket health spending in 184 countries', The Lancet, 389, pp. 1981 - 2004, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30874-7
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dieleman JL; Campbell M; Chapin A; Eldrenkamp E; Fan VY; Haakenstad A; Kates J; Li Z; Matyasz T; Micah A; Reynolds A; Sadat N; Schneider MT; Sorensen R; Abbas KM; Abera SF; Ahmad Kiadaliri A; Ahmed MB; Alam K; Alizadeh-Navaei R; Alkerwi A; Amini E; Ammar W; Antonio CAT; Atey TM; Avila-Burgos L; Awasthi A; Barac A; Berheto TM; Beyene AS; Beyene TJ; Birungi C; Bizuayehu HM; Breitborde NJK; Cahuana-Hurtado L; Castro RE; Catalá-López F; Dalal K; Dandona L; Dharmaratne RDSD; Dubey M; Faro A; Feigl AB; Fischer F; Fitchett JRA; Foigt N; Giref AZ; Gupta R; Hamidi S; Harb HL; Hay SI; Hendrie D; Horino M; Jürisson M; Jakovljevic MB; Javanbakht M; John D; Jonas JB; Karimi SM; Khang YH; Khubchandani J; Kim YJ; Kinge JM; Krohn KJ; Kumar GA; Leung R; Magdy Abd El Razek H; Magdy Abd El Razek M; Majeed A; Malekzadeh R; Malta DC; Meretoja A; Miller TR; Mirrakhimov EM; Mohammed S; Molla G; Nangia V; Olgiati S; Owolabi MO; Patel T; Paternina Caicedo AJ; Pereira DM; Perelman J; Polinder S; Rafay A; Rahimi-Movaghar V; Rai RK; Ram U; Ranabhat CL; Roba HS; Savic M; Sepanlou SG; Te Ao BJ; Tesema AG; Thomson AJ; Tobe-Gai R; Topor-Madry R; Undurraga EA; Vargas V; Vasankari T, 2017, 'Future and potential spending on health 2015-40: Development assistance for health, and government, prepaid private, and out-of-pocket health spending in 184 countries', The Lancet, 389, pp. 2005 - 2030, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30873-5
    Journal articles | 2015
    Debesay N, 2015, 'Latrine Utilization and Associated Factors in the Rural Communities of Gulomekada District, Tigray Region, North Ethiopia, 2013: A Community Based Cross-Sectional Study', Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education, 05, http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0711.1000338
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dejen Yemane AB, 2015, 'Magnitude of Occupational Injuries and Associated Factors among Small- Scale Industry Workers in Mekelle City, Northern Ethiopia', Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs, 03, http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2329-6879.1000197
    Journal articles | 2015
    Desta Araya G, 2015, 'Utilization of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets Among Household in Malarious Areas of Raya Alamata District, Tigray, Ethiopia', Science Journal of Public Health, 3, pp. 216 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.11648/j.sjph.20150302.19
    Journal articles | 2014
    Haile F; Yemane D; Gebreslassie A, 2014, 'Assessment of non-financial incentives for volunteer community health workers - the case of Wukro district, Tigray, Ethiopia', Human Resources for Health, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-12-54
    Journal articles | 2014
    Yemane D, 2014, 'Standard Precautions Practice among Health Care Workers in Public Health Facilities of Mekelle Special Zone, Northern Ethiopia', Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education, 04, http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0711.1000286
  • Preprints | 2022
    Gelaw YA; Koye DN; Alene KA; Ahmed KY; Assefa Y; Erku DA; Tegegn HG; Tesema AG; Zeleke BM; Melaku YA, 2022, Socio-demographic correlates of unhealthy lifestyle in Ethiopia: a secondary analysis of a national survey, , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-1401928/v1

1.    2023 – 2024. Review and revision of community health worker training in Fiji. Rohina Joshi, Bindu Patel, Kristen Beek, Kishan Kumar, Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema. Tetra Tech International Development Pty Ltd on behalf of DFAT. (AUD$) 230,000. Role: Investigator. 
2.    2022 – 2023. Incentive grant, WHO-Defeat-NCD Partnership (UNITAR) Programme for Implementation Research to Scale-up National NCD and Mental Health-related Responses for Achieving SDG 3.4. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema, David Peiris, Rohina Joshi, Seye Abimbola and Yohannes Kinfu. Health system readiness and capacity to deliver non-communicable diseases and mental health services in resource-limited settings: Evidence from Ethiopian National Surveys. $11, 479. 2022-2023. Role: PI
3.    2019 – 2020. The George Institute Seed Grant. Rohina Joshi, A Blake, Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema, W S, Ajisegiri. A systems approach to understanding and improving the delivery of primary healthcare through non-physician health worker teams in Sub-Saharan Africa. $50,000. Role: Investigator.
4.    2018 – 2022. Scientia PhD scholarship. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema. University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Understanding and strengthening primary health care system for noncommunicable diseases prevention and management in Africa; the case from Ethiopia. $200,000. 
5.    2019 – 2022. Top-up Scholarship. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema. The George Institute for Global Health, Australia. Understanding and strengthening primary health care system for noncommunicable diseases prevention and management in Africa; the case from Ethiopia. $61,600. 
6.    2016 – 2017. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema et al. Post Zithromax Mass Drug Administration Coverage and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Tigray schools, Ethiopia. $30, 000. Role: PI
7.    2016 – 2018. Tigray Regional Health Bureau, Tigray Ethiopia, and Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema et al. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on WASH and associated factors among primary school children in Tigray Region. $30,000. Role: Investigator
8.    2016 – 2019.  Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema et al. Magnitude, motivating factors, and level of intention to cease psychoactive substance use disorder and effectiveness of stage-specific behavioral therapeutic intervention for quitting substance abuse among Mekelle University Students: A Randomised Control Trail. $30,000. Role: PI
9.    2016 – 2017. Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema. Awareness creation to the Public towards Community Based Training Program of Mekelle University: Knowledge and Technology transfer. $ 2,000. Role: PI
10.    2014 – 2015. AMREF Ethiopia. Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema et al. Exploratory Study on Recruitment, training, deployment and Retention Strategies of Human Resources for Health, the case of Health extension workers. 3,200. Role: Investigator. 

•    2022:    Recipient of Young Researcher Award from WHO during the 2022 World Health Summit. 
•    2020:    Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) recipient. 
•    2027:    Awarded Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders, U.S. Department of State. 
•    2017:    Awarded Honorary Citizen of Lubbock, Texas, USA. 
•    2016:    Awarded Young African Leaders, Nairobi, Kenya. 

I am a health services and systems researcher with expertise in the evaluation of primary health care systems. My focus is on improving access and delivery of quality health care across diverse settings, including in humanitarian contexts. 

I am currently leading and involved in implementation projects to evaluate community health workers’ role in delivering primary health care in low- and middle-income countries, including Ethiopia, Fiji, and Nigeria. I also conduct research on health system preparedness and response in emergency and conflict affected settings.  

Previously, I led implementation research on scaling up non-communicable disease services in Ethiopia.  My approach combines qualitative and quantitative methods with evidence synthesis. 
 

My Research Supervision

2023: Joint supervisor for a master of Global Health student