• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Director of Program Sciences and Technical Support, FHI 360
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International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)
Gaborone, Botswana

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Dr. Semo Dessalegn is a global health practitioner leading HIV care and treatment programs in several sub-Saharan African countries. She brings a health systems strengthening approach to the projects she leads ensuring sustainable human and institutional capacity is built. Dr. Semo provides oversight to several other areas of work such as family planning and non communicable diseases.

  • MPH (Harvard University)
  • MD (Addis Ababa University)
  • DTM&H (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK))
Country Affiliations 
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
Health Topics 
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Community Health Workers
  • Family Planning
  • Health Economics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Implementation Science
  • Laboratory Strengthening
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Sociobehavioral
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Mahachi N, Muchedzi A, Tafuma TA, Mawora P, Kariuki L, Semo BW, Bateganya MH, Nyagura T, Ncube G, Merrigan MB, Chabikuli ON, Mpofu M.Sustained high HIV case-finding through index testing and partner notification services: experiences from three provinces in Zimbabwe.J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 Jul;22 Suppl 3:e25321. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25321.PMID: 31321918.

Marukutira T, Yin D, Cressman L, Kariuki R, Malone B, Spelman T, Mawandia S, Ledikwe JH, Semo BW, Crowe S, Stoove M, Hellard M, Dickinson D.Clinical outcomes of a cohort of migrants and citizens living with human immunodeficiency virus in Botswana: implications for Joint United Nation Program on HIV and AIDS 90-90-90 targets. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jun;98(23):e15994. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000015994.PMID: 31169739

Spees LP, Ledikwe JH, Kleinman NJ, Ntsuape C, Semo BW, Barnhart S, Wirth KE.Immediate Motivators to Seeking Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Among HIV-Negative Adult Men in an Urban Setting in Botswana. AIDS Educ Prev. 2019 Apr;31(2):136-151. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2019.31.2.136.PMID: 30917017