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PHI Fellow awarded Knight medal of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur

March 24, 2015 | Roger Shaff

Dr. Mulu Muleta, a former PHI IFPLP Fellow, has been awarded the Knight medal of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur, the highest decoration in France, for her commitment toward the health of women in impoverished areas of Africa.


The Public Health Institute’s International Family Planning Leadership Program in Africa and Asia (IFPLP-AA) was designed by the guiding principle that reproductive health is a human right. This was a ten-year program to strengthen the leadership capacity of reproductive health leaders from Burma, Ethiopia, India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sudan.


One of the 188 IFPLP Fellows who participated in IFPLP-AA, Dr. Mulu Muleta, trained as an Obstetric Surgeon in Ethiopia. She spent the last 18 years treating women with fistula in Africa. She completed a Masters degree in Public Health at the Institute of Antwerp in Belgium and holds a PhD from Bergen in Norway.


In a letter dated January 30, 2015, French ambassador in Ethiopia, Mrs. Brigitte Collet, announced her official distinction by President François Hollande, under the proposal of France’s State Secretary for Development and French-speaking countries, Mrs. Annick Girardin, and sent the nominee her “warmest congratulations”.

Roger Shaff served as program director of PHI's IFPLP-AA from 2000 to 2010.