Dr. Tesfamicael (Tesfa) Ghebrehiwet is Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses (ICN). At ICN he is responsible for a number of programme areas and policies including health systems and primary health care, home care, non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, research and evidence-based practice, nursing ethics, and mental health. He is also Director of the ICN Mobile Library Project that delivers books to nurses in developing countries. From 2004-2007 Dr. Ghebrehiwet directed ICN TB/MDR-TB Project and conducted training in six countries.
Dr. Ghebrehiwet has wide national and international experience in various positions in nursing leadership and academia. Prior to joining ICN, Dr. Ghebrehiwet served as Senior Lecturer and Head, Community Health Nursing Programme, College of Health Sciences, Kingdom of Bahrain. In this capacity he provided leadership in establishing a post-basic community health nursing programme and led the Programme for several years.
He is a native of Eritrea and holds a citizenship of Canada. Dr. Ghebrehiwet received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Indiana University (USA); Master of Public Health (MPH), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK); and PhD in public health from the University of Southampton (UK).
Dr. Ghebrehiwet is the ICN representative to the World Health Organisation and serves on a number of WHO consultations and Advisory Committees including health systems, mental health, patient safety and HIV/AIDS.
He has contributed widely to international journals including the Lancet, International Nursing Review, the World Health Bulletin, Building Quality in Health Care and Journal of Nursing Ethics. Dr. Ghebrehiwet is featured in the 2009 WhO is Who in Medicine and Health Care.