Chief of Party
Datiko, Daniel Gemechu, MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing public health programs and community-based health interventions related to blindness prevention, leprosy, HIV, maternal health, digital health, and tuberculosis. Datiko previously served as the project director for Challenge TB Ethiopia within MSH-supported regions. He has served as a consultant for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine UK on designing and implementing community-based TB interventions, for the Stop TB Department in Cambodia where he designed private-sector engagement in TB, and for the World Health Organization in Zimbabwe for designing and writing guidelines for targeted mass screening for TB in Zimbabwe. Datiko has served as leadership at regional and national levels, received and managed grants from international donors, contributed to capacity building by supervising postgraduate students, and published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals. Datiko began his career as a general medical practitioner and has worked closely with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia throughout his career, including coordination the TB, Leprosy and Blindness Prevention and Control Program for the Southern region of Ethiopia. Datiko holds a PhD in epidemiology and international health from the University of Bergen, Norway.