Principal Investigator, Ethiopia

Dr Grace Chan MD, MPH, PhD. Assistant Professor in Paediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Co-Investigator, Ethiopia

Dr Delayehu Bekele MD, MPH. Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Saint Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa

Project Managers, Ethiopia

Abigail Russo EdM. Global Health Research Program Manager, Boston Children’s Hospital
1Redeat Workneh MPH, RN Local Project Manager, Saint Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa

BARNARDS, Ethiopia

Ethiopia joined BARNARDS’ in 2016. BARNARDS in Ethiopia focuses on the Addis Ababa region, with the St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College at the centre of this study. The community follow-up for the study will cover an additional 10-15 miles radius. The study catchment population is 250,000 people, with approximately 8,000 births per year in the hospital and 5,000 in the community.

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. It has a population of 3.3 million urban inhabitants according to the 2007 population census. Within the city there is an average of 5.3 persons to a household. According to the 2007 national census, 98.64% of the households in Addis Ababa had access to safe drinking water, while 14.9% had flushable toilets, 70.7% pit toilets (both ventilated and unventilated), and 14.3% had no toilet facilities. The neonatal mortality rate is 37 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, whilst lower than the nationwide average of 77, at least half of these deaths occurred in the infants’ first month of life.

St. Paul’s Hospital Millenium Medical College

Saint Paul’s Hospital is a teaching and tertiary referral hospital administered directly under the federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. It is one of the biggest hospitals in the country and serves as a teaching hospital for the Saint Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College and Addis Ababa University. The medical college was established with the goal of alleviating the severe shortage of medical doctors in the country. The college has expanded within a short time. In addition to the undergraduate medical education program, it has started postgraduate programs in all major clinical disciplines and subspecialty programs in selected fields. It has been designated as a centre of excellence for maternal and new born health by the Ministry of Health. The hospital serves an estimated 250,000 people annually from around the country.


Community Supervisor- Hana Tesfaye
Supervisor/Diploma Nurse- Misgana Haileselassie
Data Manager- Katherine Schaughency
BARNARDS Laboratory Staff- Zenebe Gebreyohanes
BARNARDS Laboratory Staff- Rozina Ambachew
The BARNARDS Team, Ethiopia. From left to right: Alula Tekele, Delayehu Bekele, Abigail Russo, Grace Chan, Balkachew Nigatu, Giset Metaferia, Redeat Workneh, Katherine Schaughency, Semaria Solomon, Mahlet Abayneh