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Spotlight series: The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)

EPHI logoThis week we turn our attention to The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was established to protect and promote the health of the Ethiopian people by addressing priority public Health and Nutrition problems.

EPHI aims to improve the health and nutritional status of the Ethiopian population. Its research agenda focuses on both health and nutrition in Ethiopia, through the following three areas of work:
  • Nutrition and health research: Public health research plays an important role by generating and disseminating evidence based information to improve the health of the general public in Ethiopia. Topics covered include: Bacteriology, parasitology and zoonosis; HIV and TB; nutrition and food science; traditional and modern medicine; vaccine and diagnostics production; technology transfer and research translation; and health systems research.
  • Public health emergency management: Public health emergency management is the process of anticipating, preventing, preparing for, detecting, responding to, controlling and recovering from consequences of public health threats in order that health and economic impacts are minimised.
  • Quality laboratory system:This includes assessing and monitoring of public laboratory capacity, coordination and communication between laboratories, and capacity building through training and promotion of laboratory standards. The scope of lab system create a functional network of laboratories in Ethiopia, able to obtain accurate, high quality laboratory results on new, emerging and re-emerging infections exist in the country.
These key priorities make the institute’s role unique in the context of Ethiopia.

In the near future topics such as national micronutrient status, food fortification, bio-fortification, complementary food development, food safety, environmental Hygiene and sanitation, climate change and environmental health are likely to become more prominent in EPHI’s work.
If you want to get to know The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)’s research better visit their organisation profile. A selection of their publications are listed below.

Recommended Readings

Nutrition baseline survey report for the national nutrition program of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2009
Due to a high prevalence of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Government approved the country’s first-ever National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) in February 2008 to address these issues. Followin...
Childcare practices among factory working and housewife mothers and its implications on child nutritional outcomes in Addis Ababa and Oromia regions, Ethiopia
T Assefa; L Goitom / Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2010
Inadequate care is one of the likely causes of child malnutrition. In view of this fact, today research initiatives in the area of childcare have received increased attention. The context of childcare is mainly composed of the feeding...
Challenges and opportunities in CBN adaptation to pastoral areas in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2013
Ethiopian pastoralist community are more than 12 million occupying 61 per cent of the total land mass with more than 29 nationalities and ethnic groups. They inhabit land with natural resources and a wealth of cultural and traditional...
The cost of hunger in Ethiopia: implications for the growth and transformation of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2013
The cost of hunger (COHA) study is an important step forward to better understand the role child nutrition and human development can play as a catalyser, or as a constraint, in implementation of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformat...
Sensory acceptability trial for a chickpea based ready to use supplementary food among moderately malnourished children (6 – 59 months)
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2014
Malnutrition is one of the most important causes of child mortality in Ethiopia being the underlying cause of 57 per cent of child deaths in Ethiopia. These children and their mothers suffer from the poor health and nutrition situatio...
Overview of the Ethiopian National Food Consumption survey (NFCS): implications for fortification programs
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2011
In 2011, the then Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute now EPHI conducted the Ethiopian National Food Consumption Survey (FCS) in response to a request by the Federal Ministry of Health to provide evidence for the Nationa...
Factors associated with dietary practices and nutritional status among pregnant women in Wondo Genet district
D Kuche / Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2014
Malnutrition is a serious public health problem linked to increase in the risk of mortality and morbidity (Blossner and de Onis, 2005). Women and young children are most affected. Diets that are deficient in macro and micronutrients p...
Evaluation of the dynamics of national nutrition program implementation in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2014
The Government of Ethiopia developed a National Nutrition Strategy in 2008, followed by a National Nutrition Program. The revised plan of action for nutrition has recently been updated to focus on stunting and multi-sectoral approach ...
Diet diversity is negatively associated with stunting among Ethiopian children 6-23 months of age
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2012
Stunting (i.e. height-for-age z-score (HAZ)) during childhood is a major public-health problem in underdeveloped and developing countries as a result of chronically not meeting nutrient requirements for growth between conception and 2...
Effective modalities to improve pregnant women’s compliance to daily iron supplementation
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2012
Prenatal Iron Supplementation (PIS) has a paramount contribution for reducing maternal mortality. The coverage and compliance in Ethiopia is 17.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively. The aim of this study is to determine the covera...
Assessment of status of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practice, policy and programs: achievements and gaps in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2013
Breastfeeding is universal in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey indicates that only 52 per cent of children under six months are exclusively breastfed despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of e...
Therapeutic feeding programme coverage assessment report Wadela woreda, North Wollo zone, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2010
Ethiopia has one of the highest under-five mortality rates, with malnutrition contributing to more than half of all child deaths. The 2005 Demographic and Health Survey revealed that, even when humanitarian requirements are at their l...
Assessment of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) in Womberma and Burie Districts, West Gojjam Zone, Ethiopia
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2010
The objective of this study is to assess the situation of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) by conducting clinical examination for goiter, urinary iodide level determination, assessment of goiterogenic factors and availability of ioda...
Therapeutic feeding programme coverage assessment Arsi Negele Woreda, West Arsi Zone, Oromiya
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2010
Since 2004, the Ministry of Health started to integrate the in-patient and out-patient management of severe acute malnutrition into hospitals and health centres (i.e. at regional and woreda levels). To measure the outpatient th...
Therapeutic feeding programme coverage assessment report Mareko Woreda, Gurage Zone
Ethiopian Public Health Institute 2010
Since 2004, the Ministry of Health started to integrate the in-patient and out-patient management of severe acute malnutrition into hospitals and health centres (i.e. at regional and woreda levels). Concern has supported the MOH to de...