Joint statements from Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and Dr. Manuel Sibhatu, Country Director of RTSL Ethiopia
5 October 2023 (New York, USA)—Today, Resolve to Save Lives officially welcomed the Resolve to Save Lives Ethiopia team at an inaugural event hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“After four years of rapid expansion and progress with cardiovascular health and epidemic prevention programs in Ethiopia, I’m pleased to announce that our programs in Ethiopia are now a part of Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), after a successful incubation period at Vital Strategies,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives. “Our RTSL Ethiopia team, with the support of essential partners, is implementing life-saving programs and sharing best practices with the global community—improving health for the people of Ethiopia and the world.”
“Over 10 million people in Ethiopia have hypertension and the average intake of salt is 3 grams above World Health Organization’s (WHO) daily maximum,” said Dr. Manuel Sibhatu, Country Director, RTSL Ethiopia. “We will continue to collaborate closely with the Ethiopian government and non-governmental organizations, as well as global programs, to implement and scale effective efforts to reduce high blood pressure and excess sodium consumption. We will also continue supporting the Ethiopian Public Health Institute to strengthen national health security systems and increase its scores on International Health Regulation capabilities.”