Dr. Asmamaw Atnafu is an associate professor of health systems and policy at the institute of public health, and also chief academic director of the college of medicine and specialized hospital, at the College of medicine and health sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He received his Ph.D. at the Seoul National
University, South Korea in Healthcare Management and policy in February 2018.
Currently involved in many tasks such as teaching and advising post-graduate students in health policy and health economics area. He has been teaching of Health economics, econometrics, economic evaluation, health policy analysis and leadership, management, and governance. He also advises many postgraduate
students (masters and Ph.D.). His research interests focused on the area of health care financing, economic evaluation, health policy, health service utilization, elderly health, and chronic non-communicable disease and other various fields.
Asmamaw is currently a core team of eHealth and a member of different national and global health systems projects funding from major national and international organizations including; Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, WHO, NORAD and others. He has been leading the implementation science research team funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) a five-year collaborative project to provide capacity building and mentorship in the implementation of the information revolution agenda in the Amhara and Benshangul Gumuz regions since 2019.
He also led the Training and mentorship program of the mentorship partnership project (CBMP), moreover worked as a member of the Dabat health surveillance site research team. He has also run a research project entitled “Access of Primary Healthcare services and elderly health services utilization, Noncommunicable
disease and Health disparity mapping in Dabat and Gondar Health and Demographic Surveillance Site, Northwest Ethiopia”, “Effect of Health Extension Workers multicomponent intervention on Blood Pressure control among hypertensive patients in northwest Ethiopia”. Additionally, he was also involved in a project of social health insurance implementation in Ethiopia and Universal health care assessment and strengthening project in Ethiopia which was collaborated by Seoul National University and Korean Foundation for International Health. He has published more than 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
- Capacity building and mentorship program (CBMP)
- 1. Ayalneh, A.A., Fetene, D.M. and Lee, T.J., 2017. Inequalities in health care utilization for common childhood illnesses in Ethiopia: evidence from the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey. International journal for equity in health, 16(1), p.67.
2. Atafu, A. and Kwon, S., 2018. Adverse selection and supply‐side factors in the enrollment in community‐based health insurance in Northwest Ethiopia: A mixed methodology. The International journal of health planning and management, 33(4), pp.902-914.
3. Derso, T., Biks, G.A., Yitayal, M., Ayele, T.A., Alemu, K., Demissie, G.D., Wolde, H.F., Dellie, E., Azale, T., Misganaw, B., Kebede, A., and Atnafu, A .,2020. Prevalence and determinants of modern contraceptive utilization among rural lactating mothers: findings from the primary health care project in two northwest
Ethiopian districts. BMC Women’s Health, 20, pp.1-6.
4. Adane, E., Atnafu, A. and Aschalew, A.Y., 2020. The Cost of Illness of Hypertension and Associated Factors at the University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital Northwest Ethiopia, 2018. Clinicoeconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR, 12, p.133.,
5. Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Utilization Among UniversityStudents, Northwest Ethiopia (Asmamaw Atnafu**, Yohannes Ayanaw Habitu, Adane Kebede, Gizachew AssefaTessema, KasahunEmiru, TinsaeBerihun, Tarekegn Asmamaw)
6. Worku, T., Gonete, K.A., Muhammad, E.A. and Atnafu, A., 2020. Sustainable under nutrition reduction program and dietary diversity among children’s aged 6–23 months, Northwest Ethiopia: Comparative cross- sectional study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 19(1), p.14.
7. Atnafu, A., Sisay, M.M., Demissie, G.D. and Tessema, Z.T., 2020. Geographical disparities and determinants of childhood diarrheal illness in Ethiopia: Further Analysis of 2016 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey.
8. Atnafu, A. and Gebremedhin, T., 2020. Community-Based Health Insurance Enrollment and Child Health Service Utilization in Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Case Comparison Study. Clinicoeconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR, 12, p.435.
9. Gebremedhin, T., Atnafu, A. and Dellie, E., 2020. Community-based newborn care utilisation and associated factors in Geze Gofa rural district, South Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study. BMJ open, 10(8), p.e037792.
10. Atnafu, A., Kebede, A., Misganaw, B., Teshome, D.F., Biks, G.A., Demissie, G.D., Wolde, H.F., Gelaye, K.A., Yitayal, M., Ayele, T.A. and Azale, T., 2020. Determinants of the Continuum of Maternal Healthcare Services in Northwest Ethiopia: Findings from the Primary Health Care Project. Journal of Pregnancy, 2020.
11. Gebremedhin, T., Geberu, D.M. & Atnafu, A. Less than one-fifth of the mothers practised exclusive breastfeeding in the emerging regions of Ethiopia: a multilevel analysis of the 2016 Ethiopian demographic and health survey. BMC Public Health 21, 18 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889- 020-10071-2
12. Derso, T., Biks, G.A., Yitayal, M., Ayele, T.A., Alemu, K., Demissie, G.D., Wolde, H.F., Dellie, E., Azale, T., Misganaw, B. and Kebede, Atnafu A., 2020. Prevalence and determinants of modern contraceptive utilization among rural lactating mothers: findings from the primary health care project in two northwest Ethiopian districts. BMC Women’s Health, 20, pp.1-6.
13. Alene, T., Atnafu, A., Mekonnen, Z.A. and Minyihun, A., 2020. Acceptance of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Associated Factors Among Parents of Daughters in Gondar Town, Northwest Ethiopia. Cancer Management and Research, 12, p.8519.
14. Zeru, N., Fetene, D., Geberu, D.M., Melesse, A.W. and Atnafu, A., 2020. Self-Medication Practice and Associated Factors Among University of Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences Students: A Cross- Sectional Study. Patient preference and adherence, 14, p.1779.
15 . Derso, T., Kebede, A., Wolde, H.F., Atnafu, A. and Dellie, E., 2020. Rotavirus vaccine coverage and associated factors among a rural population: findings from a primary health-care project in two Northwest Ethiopia districts. Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 11, p.429.