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New Vital Strategies Office in Addis Ababa Deepens Commitment to Strengthening Ethiopia’s Public Health Systems

Feb 10, 2021 (New York, NY) — Vital Strategies, a leading global health organization which works with governments to design solutions to some of the world’s most challenging health problems, today announced the opening of a new office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Vital Strategies has a long history of bringing the best of public health thinking to address today’s leading causes of death and disease,” said José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies. “Our expansion to Ethiopia allows us to effectively support the needs of our partners at the city, national and regional level in implementing evidence-based strategies that have the potential to save millions of lives. Vital Strategies is fortunate to have Dawit Bisrat serve as Country Director, leading efforts to expand our work and impact throughout Ethiopia and the region.”

“While we have worked in Ethiopia for years, our new office gives us greater opportunity to support critical health initiatives, supporting our partners in improving health outcomes and overcoming emerging health challenges. We’re better poised to build on and learn from the vibrant community who are taking on the next generation of health challenges that Ethiopians know all too well, including COVID-19 and other infectious threats, to road injury and noncommunicable disease,” said Dawit Bisrat, Country Director, Ethiopia Office. “I am honored to take on the role as our first Ethiopia Country Director, and see great potential to strengthen partnerships, foster global collaboration and seek new evidence and knowledge that will help people to live longer, healthier lives.”

Ethiopia joins Vital Strategies network of global offices which includes Jinan, New York City, Paris, São Paulo, and Singapore.  As a trusted partner of governments and civil society around the globe, Vital Strategies has managed $131 million in worldwide programs touching more than 73 countries, with the goal of supporting governments rapidly adopt life-saving interventions and policies. The Ethiopia office will focus on responding to COVID-19 response, improving cardiovascular health, preventing road injury and supporting civil registration and vital statistics, among other initiatives. The expansion will allow the organization to enhance its engagement with governments, change-makers and advocates with deep local knowledge to strengthen public health systems by designing and supporting scalable solutions to leading causes of death, disease and injury.  

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About Dawit Bisrat

Dawit Bisrat is the director of Vital Strategies’ Ethiopia office where he leads the Resolve to Save Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative, Prevent Epidemics, and Data for Health Initiative teams. He also leads Vital Strategies’ effort to support the government of Ethiopia’s response to COVID-19. Dawit is a public health and health care leadership expert with more than 10 years of international experience in the field.

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About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible.  

To find out more, please visit or Twitter @VitalStrat. 

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