Wuleta Betemariam Named Director of JSI’s Center for Healthy Women, Children, and Communities

November 17th, 2021 | News

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We are pleased to announce that Wuleta Betemariam has been named Director of JSI’s Center for Healthy Women, Children, and Communities.

Wuleta joined JSI in 2008 and has led the Last Ten Kilometers project, primarily funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with additional funding from CIFF, USAID, and UNICEF for the past fourteen years. Wuleta has also served as the country representative for JSI/Ethiopia for the past three years. 

JSI’s Center for Healthy Women, Children, and Communities envisions a world of healthy individuals, families, and resilient communities where all women, children and youth have equitable access to high-quality health and nutrition care. The Center leads JSI’s reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health work, developing and implementing state-of-the-art, sustainable programs that are integrated with health systems strengthening efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

Prior to joining JSI, Wuleta worked at EngenderHealth where she established the organization’s operations in Ethiopia and then served in New York as the deputy director for the Program Division supporting global health programs. She also has several years of experience as a technical advisor for USAID’s Population, Health, and Nutrition Office, with a focus in reproductive health.

We are thrilled to welcome her to this new global role as Center director,” commented JSI international division vice president Carolyn Hart. “From her project base in Ethiopia, Wuleta has always done a masterful job of connecting and sharing with JSI programs worldwide. In this new CHWCC position, she will provide global leadership related to our family planning, community health systems, maternal and child health programs, both internal and external.”

Wuleta has a master’s degree in public health and public policy from the University of Michigan. She is in her final year of a doctoral program in public health leadership at the University of Illinois.

We are thrilled to welcome Wuleta to this new global role as Center director.

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