Mr Haftom Taame is an Epidemiologist with more than 16 years of extensive experience in outbreak investigation, surveillance, Incident Management System, Emergency Operation Center, developing strategic plans, setting up public Health Institutes, and public health systems. He got Master of Public Health (MPH) in Field Epidemiology from Addis Ababa University in 2013 and Bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry from Ambo University, Ethiopia in July 2007.
Haftom is one of the 10 pioneer staff of the Africa CDC who joined in January 2016. Currently, he is working as a Principal Technical Officer at Africa CDC. He is the Africa CDC principal lead for the development of National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) in Africa and served as a planning section chief for the Incident Management Systems of the Africa CDC response to COVID-19. Before Joining the Africa CDC, he worked at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) for more than eight years at different positions. In 2008, he was assigned to a committee established to design a new Public Health Emergency Management System for Ethiopia under the Ethiopian Public Health Institutes which was endorsed by Regulations in 2013 with a new mandate, structure, and name.