Professor Seble Frehywot is the Principal Investigator of the MEPI Coordinating Center at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is an Associate Research Professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Global Health at the George Washington University (GW). She has worked in Asia, Africa, and the United States, and brings in-depth knowledge of medicine, health systems and health policy to the challenges of building the health workforce and improving care to mothers and children. Her areas of interest are health workforce and health systems development in low-resource countries.
Prof. Frehywot was Co-Principal Investigator for the Gates Foundation-Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) Project, an in-depth site visit and survey study regarding the 169 medical schools in SSA on issues of capacity building, retention, and innovative practices. Recently she was the Principal Investigator for WHO-Commissioned Study on the Effect of Compulsory Service on Retention of Health Workforce in Rural and Remote areas as well as the Principal Investigator (one of three) for the WHO commissioned policy analysis study on “Maximizing Positive Synergies between Health System Strengthening and Global Health Initiatives” and the Director of Research at the GW University, for the WHO-commissioned study regarding developing a regulatory framework for “task-shifting”. She has served and still serves as a WHO technical core group member in the development of global guidelines/guidance namely the “Task-shifting Global Recommendation and Guidelines”; the “Increasing Access to Health Workers in Remote and Rural Areas through Improved Retention,” and the upcoming “Transformative Scaling-up of Medical and Nursing and Midwifery Education” group as well as serve as technical advisor on the” Optimizing the Delivery of Key Interventions to attain MDG 4 and 5”. She was also a Co-Principal Investigator on a Rockefeller Foundation study regarding developing a global framework for enumerating public health workforce and for inventorying public health training institutions.
Prior to her current position, Prof. Frehywot was the Senior Policy Associate at Partnership for Prevention where she conducted research and policy analyses on developmental delay disorders for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDD). As a physician, she has worked especially in treating and managing childhood and adult communicable diseases in India. Prof. Frehywot has conducted health policy analysis works regarding malaria epidemics and decreasing maternal mortality in the developing world.
Her passion is in interlinking her health workforce research to address the bottleneck issues associated with decreasing the maternal mortality in many low-resource countries. She has published a number of papers regarding health workforce and health systems issues. She teaches The GW University’s Global Comparative Health Systems course.