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People to People (P2P) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care and reducing the spread of diseases, particularly in Ethiopia and in diaspora communities.

P2P has no political, ethnic, or religious affiliation. P2P works to mobilize the global Ethiopian diaspora to play an active role in mitigating the impact of brain drain and to ignite a passion for realizing our shared responsibility to give back. Equipped with innovative ideas, valuable transnational networks, knowledge & expertise, strong values, and new technological skills, our network stands ready to take on many of the challenges facing communities and institutions in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

P2P’s projects are focused on strengthening health systems through partnerships with local hospitals and universities, in which we engage the global Ethiopian diaspora in an attempt to bridge the knowledge gap and address the country’s severe shortage of health and medical professionals.  P2P is also engaged in a number of service-oriented projects, working in particular with vulnerable communities, such as children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, the elderly, the deaf community, women, and more, devoting our time and effort to their overall health and empowerment.

Founded in 1999 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States (federal tax ID#61-1346918), P2P is an international network of organizations, with headquarters in the US and an office in Ethiopia that serves as a focal point for all global chapters of the organization, including Canada, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and more.  There are currently more than 5,000 P2P members worldwide, including doctors and other professionals who strive to make a difference in the lives of others.  P2P also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).


  • Enawgaw Mehari, MD President/Founder
  • Zelalem Attlee, (MD, MHCM, DrPH) Chief Executive Officer
  • Blen Moges, MA Chief Operations Officer
  • Yeshi Mikya, PhD Senior director of Education
  • Kebede Begna, MD Vice President
  • Yoseph Bogale Chief Financial Officer
  • Mahlet Tsegaye, MD Secretary
  • Board of Directors
  • Anteneh Habte, MD, Chair
  • Lydia Tesfa, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Alitash Kebede (Alitash Kebede Gallery)
  • Fasika Woretta, MD
  • Solomon Harrar, Phd
  • Ergeba Shifaraw, MD
  • Rahel Getachew, Managing Director - Afrolehar
  • International Partnership in Veterinary Medicine
  • Zelalem Mekuria ,DVM,PhD
  • Neurology Training Program
  • Steve Brown, MD
  • Orphan Coordinator USA
  • Aelaf F. Gebrewold
  • Scientific Advisors
  • Avi Nath, MD
  • Joseph Berger, MD
  • David Clifford, MD
  • Jay Levy, MD
  • Gene Major, PhD
  • Dawn McGuire, MD
  • COO
  • Teodros Gessesse
  • Medical Education
  • Tinsae Woreeta, MD,Vice President
  • Strategic Planning
  • Gizachew Beyene, MA, Vice President
  • Senior Advisors to the Board and President
  • Ambassador David Shinn, PhD
  • Ambassador Konjit Sabati, MD
  • Prof. Girma Tefera ,M.D
  • Ahmed Moen, PhD
  • Legal Advisors
  • Robert Foley, JD
  • Keith Parnell, JD
  • IT Director
  • Nebiyu Hailemariam


A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Jegna is a flagship program of People to People that recognizes the potential of the Ethiopian diaspora in driving true change in Ethiopia. Using the power of technology and ingenuity, we design programs that enable the diaspora to empower local organizations and individuals in the country. Tailor-made to local needs and individual interests as well as strengths, every project connects talent with volunteer and work opportunities in Ethiopia. Short- or long-term. Remote or in-person. We create opportunities for the next generation diaspora to give back to the country they love.

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