Biresaw Wassihun Alemu

Full Name

Biresaw Wassihun Alemu

Academic Rank

Assistant Professor

Education Background
  • MSc in Maternity and Reproductive Health from Addis Ababa University (September 2015 to July 2017)
  •   BSc in Midwifery from Arbaminch University (October 2010 to July 2014)
Working Experience
  • Postgraduate, Research and Community Service  Vice Dean College of Medicine and Health Science, Injibara University (September 2022 to Present)
  • Assistant Professor at Injibara University (May 2022 to Present)
  • Assistant Professor in Maternity and RH at Arba Minch University (September 2020 to May 2022)
  • Lecturer at Arba Minch University (September 2017 to September 2020)
  • Assistant Lecturer at Arba Minch University (September 2015 to September 2017)             
  • Graduate Assistant II at Arba Minch University (September 2014 to September 2015)
Research Interest
  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
  • Reproductive Health
  • Adolescent and Youth Health
  • Maternal Nutrition
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse

1)     Wassihun, B., Ayinalem, A., & Beyene, K. (2022). Knowledge of oral health during pregnancy and associated factors among pregnant mothers attending antenatal care at South Omo Zone public hospitals, Southern Ethiopia, 2021. PloS one17(8), e0273795. (

2)     Wassihun, B., & Zeleke, S. (2018). Compassionate and respectful maternity care during facility based child birth and women’s intent to use maternity service in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. BMC pregnancy and childbirth18(1), 1-9. (

3)     Wassihun, B., Deribe, L., Worede, N., & Gultie, T. (2018). Prevalence of disrespect and abuse of women during child birth and associated factors in Bahir Dar town, Ethiopia. Epidemiology and health40. (

4)     Wassihun, B., Alemayehu, Y., Gultie, T., Tekabe, B., & Gebeyehu, B. (2022). Non-pharmacological labor pain management practice and associated factors among skilled attendants working in public health facilities in Gamo and Gofa zone, Southern Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study. PloS one17(4), e0266322. (

5)     Wassihun, B., Wosen, K., Getie, A., Belay, K., Tesfaye, R., Tadesse, T., … & Zeleke, S. (2021). Prevalence of postpartum family planning utilization and associated factors among postpartum mothers in Arba Minch town, South Ethiopia. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine6(1), 1-8.( )

6)     Wassihun, B., Negese, B., Bedada, H., Bekele, S., Bante, A., Yeheyis, T., … & Hussen, E. (2020). Knowledge of obstetric danger signs and associated factors: a study among mothers in Shashamane town, Oromia region, Ethiopia. Reproductive health17(1), 1-8. (

7)     Wassihun, B & Baih, S. Z. (2019). Awareness and practice of testicular self-examination among regular undergraduate male health sciences university students, Debre Tabor, Northwest Ethiopia. Journal of Clinical Sciences16(2), 61. (DOI: 10.4103/jcls.jcls_54_18)

8)     Wassihun, B.,., Gemeda, G., Tsehay, H., Alemayehu, Y., Teshome, A., … & Dessalew, M. (2021). Prevalence and determinant factors of unintended pregnancy among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics of Shashamane hospitals. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health13(03), 10-10. (

9)     Wassihun, B. (2021). Third stage of Labor Practice and Associated Factors among Skilled Birth Attendants Working in Gamo and Gofa Zone Public Health Facility, Southern, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health13(2), 10-10. (

10)    Wasihun, B., Fikadu, K., & Yimer, O. (2022). Knowledge of pre-conception health and planned pregnancy among married women in Jinka town, southern Ethiopia and factors influencing knowledge. Plos one17(5), e0268012. (

11)    Adane, D., Belay, G., Arega, A., Wassihun, B., Gedefaw, G., & Gebayehu, K. (2019). Practice and factors associated with active management of third stage of labor among obstetric care providers in Amhara region referral hospitals, North Ethiopia, 2018: A cross sectional study. PloS one14(10), e0222843. (

12)    Adane, D., & Wassihun, B. (2020). Client satisfaction with existing postnatal care and associated factors: a study among mothers in Awi Zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia. Women’s Health16, 1745506520976017. ( )

13)    Adane, D., Bante, A., & Wassihun, B. (2021). Respectful focused antenatal care and associated factors among pregnant women who visit Shashemene town public hospitals, Oromia region, Ethiopia: a cross‐sectional study. BMC women’s health21(1), 1-8. (

14)    Adane, D., Yeshaneh, A., Wassihun, B., & Gasheneit, A. (2021). Level of community readiness for the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic and associated factors among residents of Awi Zone, Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy14, 1509.(

15)    Endalew, D. A., Moti, D., Mohammed, N., Redi, S., & Wassihun Alemu, B. (2020). Knowledge and practice of cervical cancer screening and associated factors among reproductive age group women in districts of Gurage zone, Southern Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study. PloS one15(9), e0238869. (

16)    Alehegn Bekele, G. A., Hailu, T., Fekadu, T., Gebremickael, A., Getachew, T., Churko, C., … & Bukala, Z. (2022). Prevalence and Associated Factors of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Among Diabetic Patients in Arba Minch General Hospital, South West Ethiopia, 2021. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy15, 983. (

17)    Misganaw, A., Naghavi, M., Walker, A., Mirkuzie, A. H., Giref, A. Z., Berheto, T. M., … & Gebremedhin, L. T. (2022). Progress in health among regions of Ethiopia, 1990–2019: A subnational country analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet399(10332), 1322-1335. (

18)    GBD 2019 Ageing Collaborators. (2022). Global, regional, and national burden of diseases and injuries for adults 70 years and older: systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease 2019 Study. bmj376. (

19)    Getahun,B , Wasihun, B. (2022). Do laboring women accompanied by their companion of choice during the first stage of labor? A case of parturient women in Arba Minch town public health facilities, Sothern Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health14(01), 9-9. (

20)    Jahagirdar, D., Walters, M. K., Novotney, A., Brewer, E. D., Frank, T. D., Carter, A., … & Hargono, A. (2021). Global, regional, and national sex-specific burden and control of the HIV epidemic, 1990–2019, for 204 countries and territories: the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2019. The Lancet HIV8(10), e633-e651. (

21)    Kinyoki, D., Osgood-Zimmerman, A. E., Bhattacharjee, N. V., Kassebaum, N. J., & Hay, S. I. Wassihun B etal  (2021). Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low-and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018. Nature medicine27(10), 1761-1782. (

22)    Zhou, M., Wang, H., Zeng, X., Yin, P., Zhu, J., Chen, W., … & Liang, X. Wassihun B etal  (2019). Mortality, morbidity, and risk factors in China and its provinces, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet394(10204), 1145-1158. (

23)    Olufunlayo, T. F., Roberts, A. A., MacArthur, C., Thomas, N., Odeyemi, K. A., Price, M., & Jolly, K. Wassihun B etal  (2019). Improving exclusive breastfeeding in low and middle‐income countries: A systematic review. Maternal & child nutrition15(3), e12788. (

24)    Yeshaneh, A., Kassa, A., Kassa, Z. Y., Adane, D., Fikadu, Y Wassihun B & Abebe, H. (2021). The determinants of 5th minute low Apgar score among newborns who delivered at public hospitals in Hawassa City, South Ethiopia. BMC pediatrics21(1), 1-10.

25)    Sartorius, B., VanderHeide, J. D., Yang, M., Goosmann, E. A., Hon, J., Haeuser, E., … & Gilani, S. A. (2021). Subnational mapping of HIV incidence and mortality among individuals aged 15–49 years in sub-Saharan Africa, 2000–18: a modelling study. The Lancet HIV8(6), e363-e375. (

26)    Mandefro, Y., & Wassihun, B. (2020). Calcified Abdominal Pregnancy with 17 Years of Evolution: A Case Report. Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology37(2), 349-353. (

27)    Mose, A., Dheresa, M., Mengistie, B., Wassihun, B., & Abebe, H. (2021). Colostrum avoidance practice and associated factors among mothers of children aged less than six months in Bure District, Amhara Region, North West, Ethiopia: A community-based cross-sectional study. PloS one16(1), e0245233. (

28)    Bante, A., Mersha, A., Zerdo, Z., Wassihun, B., & Yeheyis, T. (2021). Comorbid anxiety and depression: Prevalence and associated factors among pregnant women in Arba Minch zuria district, Gamo zone, southern Ethiopia. PloS one16(3), e0248331. (

29)    Tesema, K. F., Cheneka, T., Alemu, A., Feyissa, M., Birkaye, B., Mohammed, H., … & Wasihun, B. (2021). Knowledge of preconception healthcare and associated factors: a study among mothers in Jinka town, southern region, Ethiopia. The Scientific World Journal2021. (

30)    Zeleke, S., Anley, M., Kefale, D., & Wassihun, B. (2021). Factors associated with delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer in tikur anbesa specialized hospital, Ethiopia, 2019: Cross-Sectional Study. Cancer Management and Research13, 579. (

31)    Murray, C. J., Abbafati, C., Abbas, K. M., Abbasi, M., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., Abd-Allah, F., … & Nagaraja, S. B. (2020). Five insights from the global burden of disease study 2019. The Lancet396(10258), 1135-1159. (

32)    Murray, C. J., Aravkin, A. Y., Zheng, P., Abbafati, C., Abbas, K. M., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., … & Borzouei, S. (2020). Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet396(10258), 1223-1249. (

33)    James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., Hamilton, E. B., Liu, Z., … & Fomenkov, A. A. (2020). Estimating global injuries morbidity and mortality: methods and data used in the Global Burden of Disease 2017 study. Injury Prevention26(Suppl 2), i125-i153. (

34)    Getie, A., Geda, B., Alemayhu, T., Bante, A., & Aschalew, Z. (2020). Self-care practices and associated factors among adult diabetic patients in public hospitals of Dire Dawa administration, Eastern Ethiopia. BMC Public Health20(1), 1-8. (

35)    Mergia, M., Shegaze, M., Ayele, G., Andarge, E., Yeshitila, Y. G., Wassihun, B., … & Memiah, P. (2020). Mothers’ satisfaction with health extension services and the associated factors in Gamo Goffa zone, Southern Ethiopia. PloS one15(5), e0232908. (

36)    Mandefro Yilma, M. D., & Shimelis Fantu, M. D. (2020). Magnitude of gestational trophoblastic disease at Hawassa university comprehensive specialized hospital, Ethiopia: A five-year retrospective analysis. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH) April12(2). (

37)    Tsegaye, H., Desalegne, B., Wassihun, B., & Bante, A. (2019). Prevalence and associated factors of caesarean section in Addis Ababa hospitals, Ethiopia. The Pan African Medical Journal34.(

38)    Agegnehu, B., Megbaru, D., Asmare, G., Biresaw, W., Abera, M., Yimam, A., … & Mulugeta, A. (2019). Hepatitis B vaccination and its associated factors among health care workers working in Wolayita Sodo Hospitals, Southern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity11(1), 1-10.

39)    Dogiso, A., Shegaze, M., Alagaw, A., & Wassihun, B. (2019). Prevalence and associated factors of gender-based violence among high school female students in Aleta Wondo Town, south east Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health11(2), 10-10.

40)    Negese, B., Hailemeske, S., & Wassihun, B. (2019). Knowledge, risk perception and associated factors towards obstetric danger signs among mothers in Debre Berhan town, North Shoa, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health11(1), 13-13. (

41)    Gultie, T., Wasihun, B., Kondale, M., & Balcha, B. (2016). Home delivery and associated factors among reproductive age women in Shashemene town, Ethiopia. J Women’s Health Care5(300), 2167-2420. (

42)    Gebeyehu, N. A., Gelaw, K. A., Adela, G. A., Alemu, B. W., Demisie, B. W., & Lake, E. A. (2022). The magnitude of episiotomy among women who gave birth in Ethiopia: Systematic review and meta-analysis. African Journal of Reproductive Health26(4), 98-109. (

43)    Tolesa, D., Abera, N., Worku, M., & Wassihun, B. (2021). Prevalence and Associated Factors with Maternal Near-Miss among Pregnant Women at Hawassa University Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, Sidama Region, Ethiopia. Int J Womens Health Wellness7(127), 2474-1353.(

44)    Mekuriya, E., Manilal, A., Aklilu, A., Woldemariam, M., Hailu, T., & Wasihun, B. (2022). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization among medicine and health science students, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia. Scientific Reports12(1), 1-11. (

45)    Alene, T., Feleke, M. G., Yeshambel, A., Amare, A. T., Tigabu, A., Birlie, T. A., & Chichiabellu, Y. T. (2022). Time to occurrence of Necrotizing enterocolitis and its predictors among Low birth weight neonates admitted at neonatal intensive care unit of Felege Hiwot Compressive Specialized Hospital BahirDar, Ethiopia, 2021: A retrospective follow-up study. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 1605. (


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