Meseret Desta Haileyesus(SMW,BSC,MPH)


Meseret Desta Haileyesus(SMW,BSC,MPH)
Member since:
15 Jan, 2014


Meseret Haileyesus is Executive Director of the Maternity Today. Meseret’s passion and her educational foundation provide a unique combination to educate and empower women with diverse need. She is a graduate of the Midwifery, Clinical Nursing and Management. She also graduated on Masters of Public Health(MPH) and a fellow of Reproductive health.

Meseret is honored to have the opportunity to work with women in Africa, and assist them through the amazing journey of pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. She is an advocate for universal, equitable access to high-quality midwifery care, gender based violence, reproductive health right and strategies to reinforce the reproductive health component in health sector reform programs in developing countries. As a trained nurse, midwife, and public health expert, Meseret shares a passion for supporting and empowering health workers, communities, and leaders at all levels to achieve national and global priorities and secure the rights of all women and children.

In her earlier role as a midwife and national and international trainer, she has been consistently committed to identifying and overcoming the underlying barriers to care and meeting the needs of the neediest and most excluded mothers and infants, wherever they may live.
She worked in various national and international non profit organization more than 20 projects on Maternal Child Health care, HIV/AIDS prevention, Women development, Nutrition and Reproductive health for the last 14 years. She worked programs grant funded by Global Affair Canada, USAID, The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Concern Worldwide, Netherlands and Spain Embassy, UNFPA and UNICEF.

She has also provided consultancy for Canadian Network of Surgical Society, CDC, Alberta Council on HIV and Ethiopia-Canada Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project, which is funded by Global Affair Canada.

She is also a Chief Editor of the MNCH Biweekly Newsletter that focuses on sharing evidence based practices on prevention of maternal and child mortality for midwives’ tutors, health workers and the general mother child health community, both in Ethiopia and Canada. Beside this, she is involving on various community based researches and advocacy in Canada.

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Consultant
  • Coordinator (Site, Program, Project)
  • Development Professional
  • Midwife
  • Nurse


  • African Medical & Research Foundation - AMREF
  • Alberta Community Council on HIV
  • Jhpiego
  • John Snow, Inc. - JSI
  • Save the Children
  • United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF
  • University of Alberta

Work Location(s)

  • Canada
  • Ethiopia

Population(s) Served

  • Children
  • Immigrant
  • Medicare
  • Minorities
  • Other vulnerable populations
  • Urban