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Kunuz Abdella
Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health on NCDs and Cancer
Federal Ministry of Health
Cancer Management, Epidemiology


Dr. Kunuz Abdella is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience in health system policy research, program development, and strategic planning. His career is built on cumulative experience from grassroots health program implementation at the district level to national and international health program design, strategic leadership and management. Currently he is a senior advisor to the Minister of Health of the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia on Non-Communicable Diseases and Cancer. In this role, he had developed the first-ever National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) for the period 2016-2020. The plan has received wide acceptance by the international community and is being implemented nation-wide. During his 20 year tenure and prior to the advisory role to the ministry, he has served as head of the provincial health department with Oromia Regional Health Bureau; manager of health and HIV/AIDS program for Save the Children UK; led EC funded longitudinal research on health care financing and published the policy document for Save the Children UK; coordinated emergency health for Save the Children in Afghanistan; was head of disease prevention and control and cluster lead of emergencies for the World Health Organization in Ethiopia; head of health, nutrition and WASH programs for Save the Children International in Somalia and Somaliland and champion of the 2011 humanitarian response to famine in Somalia; and supported the Kenya country office on prevention and control of injuries and violence with the World Health Organization-Geneva. Dr. Kunuz holds a Doctor of Medicine from Addis Ababa University, and a Master of Science Degree from Heidelberg University in Germany with majors in community health and health management in developing countries focusing on research on health-seeking behavior and risk-pooling among the poor.


  • Addis Ababa University, 1995 (Medical Degree)

  • Heidelberg University, Germany, 2005 (Postgraduate)



1. A. Wolde, K. Abdella, E. Ahmed, F. Tsegaye, O.A. Babaniyi, O. Kobusingye, K. Batolomeos Pattern of Injuries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A one-year Descriptive Study (East and Central African Journal of Surgery, 2008)    
2. Abdella K, W/Michael K, Tessema F, Sena L, Getachew S, Community based survey of injuries in urban and rural areas in Jimma zone, southwest Ethiopia ( Abstract submitted and accepted for the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Merida- Mexico)    
3. Russell S and Abdella K. 2002. Too Poor To Be Sick: Illness costs and their implications for poor households’ ability to pay for health care in East Haraghe Ethiopia.  Save the Children-UK, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.    
4. Getahun G, Argaw D, Dawid A, Abdella K. Junior Health Professionals Training in Amhara Region, Ethiopia: Student’s Perspective. Ethiop Med J 2000; 38 (4): 314-315. (presented at the XXXVIth Annual Medical conference of the Ethiopian Medical association, May 2000)    
5. Co-investigator. Epidemiological study of Lathyrism on recently affected patients in Ethiopia.    
5. Principal Investigator. Coping With the Costs of Illness: Illness costs and their implications for poor household’s ability to pay for healthcare and children’s access to health services in South Wollo, Ethiopia.    
6. Chief Investigator. Health Seeking Behaviour among the Rural Population in Al-Shamayatayn District of Taiz Region in the Republic of Yemen: A Cross-Sectional Household Survey. Thesis paper submitted in Partial fulfillment of the masters programme; 2005