Dr. Mulu Muleta is the Senior Medical Advisor for WAHA International and is based in Addis Ababa. Mulu has been instrumental in developing WAHA’s maternal and neonatal health projects in different settings in Ethiopia, including Gondar Region in the northwest of the country. Mulu trained as an Obstetric Surgeon in Ethiopia, and has spent the last 18 years treating women with fistula in Africa. She has completed a Masters degree in Public Health at the Institute of Antwerp in Belgium and holds a PhD from Bergen in Norway. Prior to joining WAHA, Mulu worked with various national and international institutions, including the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and most recently with the UNFPA coordinating a Masters level training program for health officers (task shifting of emergency obstetric and surgical care). Mulu has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Lancet, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the East African Medical Journal and the Ethiopian Medical Journal, and her career has also been profiled in the Lancet. In 2009, Mulu received an award from International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in recognition of her lifetime services. Mulu is currently Treasurer of the International Society of Fistula Surgeons and co-chair of the FIGO Committee on Fistula.
There is global consensus on the need for improved access to quality and sustainable fistula care and training services; postoperative social-reintegration services; additional research and consistent allocation of resources for this cause.