Theme II. Human Health, Nutrition, and Welfare

Kedir Urgesa Bofe (PhD) 
Academic Rank: 
Assistant Professor

Specialization:  PhD in in Medical Microbiology; MSc degree in Tropical and infectious disease,

Research Interests

  • Mycobacterial diseases

Contact Details:

Telephone (mobile): +251940635596

Telephone(Office): +251256661886  
Postal Address: Haramaya University, College of Health and Medical Sciences, P.O.Box 235, Harar, Ethiopia

  • de Bruijne ND, Urgesa K, Aseffa A, Bobosha K, Schoenmakers A, van Wijk R, et al.(2022) Development of a questionnaire to determine the case detection delay of leprosy: A mixed-methods cultural validation study. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 16(1): e0010038

  • Urgesa K, Bobosha K, Seyoum B, Weldegebreal F, Mihret A, Howe R, et al. (2021). Knowledge of and Attitude Toward Leprosy in a Leprosy Endemic District, Eastern Ethiopia: A Community-Based Study. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy 2020:13 1069–1077

  • Urgesa K, Bobosha K, Seyoum B, Weldegebreal F, Mihret A, Howe R, et al. (2021). Evidence for hidden leprosy in a high leprosyendemic setting, Eastern Ethiopia: The application of active case-finding and contact screening. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 15(9): e0009640.

  • Urgesa, K., Bobosha, K., Seyoum, B., Weldegebreal, F., Geda, B., Mihret, A. & Aseffa, A. 2021. High rate of Mycobacterium leprae infection and nasal colonization among household contacts of previously undiagnosed leprosy patients. Leprosy Review, 92, 276-286.

  • Urgesa, K, Hassen, N. & Seyoum, A. 2017. Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding voluntary blood donation among adult residents of Harar town, Eastern Ethiopia: a community-based study. J Blood Med, 8, 13-20.

  • Seyoum AS, Urgessa K, Gobena T. Community knowledge and the role of health extension workers on integrated diseases among households in East Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2016;9:135-142

  • Seyoum, A, Urgessa, K & Gobena, T. 2016. Knowledge of Women about Tuberculosis and the Role of Health Extension Workers among Households in East Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia. East African Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences, 1, 31-38.

About the theme

Attaining full health and high living standard are central aspects for all development efforts. To achieve this, several policies and strategies have been set though there are a lot of multidimensional complexities towards meeting high life standards. Therefore, it is necessary to identify these hurdles in achieving human aspirations. The government of Ethiopia has put health at its forefront goals and devised a four-tier health delivery system connecting the health extension and promotion services to highly specialized disease management. Researching on major health issues is also given due emphasis in the country’s programmes.

This theme shall focus on priority areas of health promotion, disease prevention, treatment of diseases, and rehabilitative efforts to human health problems and major reproductive, maternal, and child health concerns. Host, pathogen, environment interaction in relation of the occurrence health and wellness in one aspect and disease and disability in the other hand shall also be dealt with under this theme.

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Research Priorities 2020

Research priorities 2019

Research priorities 2018

Research priorities 2017

Research priorities 2016