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Dr Kebede Deribe

Dr Kebede Deribe

Dr Kebede Deribe (MPH, PhD)

Affiliate to the Global Health and Infection Department
Location: Medical School Teaching Building, BSMS, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: Disease mapping, spatial epidemiology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), neglected tropical diseases, modelling

Research areas: Podoconiosis, disease control, implementation research, spatial analysis, Global Health

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Dr Kebede is an epidemiologist and a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, interested in the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with a focus on spatial epidemiology and operational research. Kebede is particularly interested in the design, implementation of large scale studies to map the distribution of diseases and evaluation of interventions for prevention, control and potential elimination of NTDs.

Kebede has first degrees in public health from Haramay University, Ethiopia and MPH from Jimma University, Ethiopia and PhD in epidemiology from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Through a Wellcome Trust training fellowship grant, he led the nationwide mapping of the geographical distribution of podoconiosis in Ethiopia. Kebede works closely with national programs and generate evidence relevant to policy and practices.  

He is academic editor with PLOS ONE and a member of the Footwork Advisory Committee.


In his previous Wellcome Trust training grant during his PhD studies, Kebede mapped the historical distribution of podoconiosis in Ethiopia. Subsequently, he liaised with the lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination programme and led an integrated nationwide mapping of podoconiosis and LF. Using the data, he identified individual and environmental drivers of podoconiosis, determined the environmental limits and estimated population at risk across Ethiopia. Based on this work, Kebede has also set up endemicity classifications and targets for podoconiosis elimination. These aspects were investigated using various methods such as: Bayesian geostatistical models to assess individual, household and environmental risk factors of podoconiosis, boosted regression tree (BRT) modelling to determine the environmental drivers and limits of podoconiosis and to estimate population at risk. All these findings have informed the national podoconiosis control programme and have been included in long-term national plans. 

Through a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Kebede's main research areas are to develop the Global Atlas of Podoconiosis and investigate the spatial aspect of podoconiosis to provide improved evidence-base for the control of podoconiosis at local and global scale. His primary focus is to advance the mapping and spatial investigation of podoconiosis and other neglected tropical diseases. 

Selected publications

Deribe K, Cano J, Newport MJ, Golding N, Pullan RL, Sime H, Gebretsadik A, Assefa A, Kebede A, Hailu A, Rebollo MP, Shafi O, Bockarie MJ, Aseffa A, Hay SI, Reithinger R, Enquselassie F, Davey G, Brooker SJ. Mapping and Modelling the Geographical Distribution and Environmental Limits of Podoconiosis in Ethiopia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Jul 29;9(7):e0003946

Deribe K, Wanji S, Shafi O, M Tukahebwa E, Umulisa I, Molyneux D, Davey G. The feasibility of eliminating podoconiosis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015;93(10):712-718.

Deribe K, Brooker S, Pullan R, Sime H, Gebretsadik A, Assefa A et al. Epidemiology and Individual, Household and Geographical Risk Factors of Podoconiosis in Ethiopia: Results from the First Nationwide Mapping. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2014;92(1):148-158.

Tomczyk S, Deribe K, Brooker S, Clark H, Rafique K, Knopp S et al. Association between Footwear Use and Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014;8(11):e3285.

Deribe K, Meribo K, Gebre T, Hailu A, Ali A, Aseffa A et al. The burden of neglected tropical diseases in Ethiopia, and opportunities for integrated control and elimination. Parasites & Vectors. 2012;5(1):240.

Deribe K, Wanji S, Shafi O, Muheki Tukahebwa E, Umulisa I, Davey G. Measuring elimination of podoconiosis, endemicity classifications, case definition and targets: an international Delphi exercise. Int Health. 2015 Sep;7(5):306-16

Rebollo MP, Sime H, Assefa A, Cano J, Deribe K, Gonzalez-Escalada A, Shafi O, Davey G, Brooker SJ, Kebede A, Bockarie MJ. Shrinking the Lymphatic Filariasis Map of Ethiopia: Reassessing the Population at Risk through Nationwide Mapping. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Nov 5;9(11):e0004172.

Deribe K, Brooker SJ, Pullan RL, Hailu A, Enquselassie F, Reithinger R, Newport M, Davey G. Spatial distribution of podoconiosis in relation to environmental factors in Ethiopia: a historical review. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 9;8(7):e68330.

Lakew Y, Reda AA, Tamene H, Benedict S, Deribe K. Geographical variation and factors influencing modern contraceptive use among married women in Ethiopia: evidence from a national population based survey. Reprod Health. 2013 Sep 26;10:52. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-10-52.

Biadgilign S, Lakew Y, Reda AA, Deribe K. A population based survey in Ethiopia using questionnaire as proxy to estimate obstetric fistula prevalence: results from demographic and health survey. Reprod Health. 2013 Feb 25;10:14. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-10-14.

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