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Cohort 8th of LSI Trainees Graduated


At the graduation ceremony held on December 29, 2012 in the Intercontinental hotel, Addis Ababa, seventeen trainees of the eighth cohort of Leadership in Strategic Information (LSI) program presented and defended their projects, which were focused on the different HIV/AIDS and STIs sub thematic areas, in the presence of Ato Hailegnaw Eshete, Executive Director of EPHA, Nwando Diallo, CDC representative and other invited guests.

Of the 25 public health experts enrolled into the program, 17 of them received certificate awards from the guest of honor, Nwando Diallo of CDC, fulfilling the course standards. It was learnt that the trainees graduated having completed the three successive modules of the training program along with effectively undertaking their respective research projects with the use of secondary data on HIV /AIDS and related topics.

Congratulating the graduates in his opening speech, Ato Hailegnaw Eshete, Executive Director of EPHA disclosed to the participants that researches synthesized with the use of secondary data are vital for decision making at various levels.

According to Dr Fikire Enquselasie, from AAU, School of Public Health, the combination of trainees of the 8th cohort in terms of regional and gender composition was of excellent. The graduates were consisted of health professional drawn from health bureaus, hospitals and health science colleges of the regions as well as the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Science and Technology and AAHAPCO.

At the graduation ceremony, a group project on monitoring and evaluation plan of VCT program in the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional state was presented by Ahmed Nuri, representative of the graduates.

Leadership in Strategic Information training has been provided since 2006 with the aim to develop capacities of the public health sector in using strategic information to improve skills towards need assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluations of the full range of interventions and activities to combat the HIV AIDS epidemic and other public health problems at the sub-national level.

A total of 157 trainees have so far been trained and graduated from the LSI program since it was launched in November 2006 for the first time.

LSI 8th cohort