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Dr Yilma Melkamu is a medical doctor with specialization in public health. He has been working both as a medical practitioner and public health expert in Ethiopia for the last 15 years, at the Ministry of Health and national and international and NGOs, both in urban and rural settings. From 2004 to 2008, Dr Yilma worked as an assistant professor in Public Health at Addis Ababa University. Recently, he joined the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Regional Office in Nairobi as a Technical Advisor. His main expertise and research interests are safe motherhood, family planning and HIV/AIDS.