Dr. Lia Wins Harvard’s Next Generation Award

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse, won the 2021 Next Generation award from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The award recognises her strong contribution for enhancement of the health sector in Ethiopia as well as in other local and international organizations.



“I’m honored & humbled to receive the Next Generation Award,” she said after the announcement.

“This past year has been a challenge to health systems across the world. It was also a testament to how through solidarity, we can achieve a lot,” the minister said. “The award is for our collective efforts.”

Before joining the ministry, Dr. Lia served in different key positions of health sector including the CEO of St. Paul Millennium Hospital, project director of the USAID for maternal and child survival program,among others.

It was indicated that she spearheaded Ethiopia’s successful COVID-19 response.

The Next Generation award goes to those who register best achievements in area of global health innovation field.

The award was established on the occasion of the school’s 100th anniversary, honors an individual age 40 or under, whose leadership and commitment to health as a human right inspires all young people to make “health for all” a global priority.

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