Dr. Muluemebet Abera joins INDEPTH Board
Members of the INDEPTH Board of Trustees have voted to admit Dr. Muluemebet Abera, the Centre Leader for Gilgel Gibe Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS), an INDEPTH member centre in Ethiopia, to the Board. The candidature for the Board vacancy included three other centre leaders.
Dr. Muluemebet Abera is an Associate Professor of Reproductive Health in the Department of Population and Family Health at Jimma University in Ethiopia, the parent institution for the HDSS. She holds a PhD degree in international health from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. Currently she is also working as Dean of Faculty of Public Health.
At the end of elections to the Board on 16 November 2016 at the INDEPTH Annual General Meeting in Kampala, Uganda, the vacant position was not filled. Nominations were therefore opened for election to fill the position. The rules governing nomination for elections to the INDEPTH Board provide that a member seeking election to the Board must be nominated by a Centre Leader other than his or her own and must be seconded by a Centre leader other than his or her own.
Other members of the INDEPTH Board of Trustees
A member who is not a Centre Leader who is seeking election to the Board must additionally secure the consent of the Leader of his or her Site. A member who has served either a term or two on the Board shall not be eligible to compete again for membership of the Board until after the expiration of 4 years after the end of his or her term. In addition a member of an HDSS Site shall not be eligible to compete for membership of the Board until after the expiration of 2 years after the end of term of a member from that Site.
Meanwhile, INDEPTH Resource & Training Centre in Accra has announced the dates for this year’s INDEPTH Annual General Meeting (AGM 2017) in Dubai, UAE. According to the statement, Members of the Board will arrive on Saturday 25 November 2017 ready for their meeting the following day, while Centre Leaders are expected in Dubai on 26 February 2017. The AGM will be held on Monday and Tuesday (27-28 February 2017) with a programme that includes presentations and discussions with UAE scientists and Board elections.