Global Mental Health
In Africa, a high burden of mental illness meets limited resources, stigmatization, social exclusion, and discrimination of patients and families with mental disorders. Ethiopia for example, has about 86 million people and a low number of psychiatrists (around 50 psychiatrists for the whole country according to the World Health Organization). Almost all physicians are in Addis Ababa and consequently, rural regions are completely underserved. This situation means that there is an urgent need for better training opportunities in order to integrate mental health services into primary health care.
To help remedy this situation, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 2009 established a new two-year course at the Jimma University. In this, nurses or municipal health care professionals can obtain a Master's degree in Integrated Clinical and Community Mental Health. The main idea behind this program is to have professional people distributed all over Ethiopia who are able to run health centers or work in refugee camps. Moreover, the department is supporting the Jimma University in building and establishing a rehabilitation farm for people with mental illness and working together on research activities with the goal of improving treatment options and the understanding of mental illness in Ethiopia.
- Master of Science (MSc) in Integrated and Community Mental Health
- Symposia Series on Global Mental Health
- Rehabilitation Farm for Mental Health
- Destigmatization activities
- Research activities on Mental Health
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Falkai (CIHLMU Board member)
Head - Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Dr. Andrea Jobst, MD
Head of working group "Global Mental Health"
Coordinator of the mental health activities
Dr. Kristina Adorjan, MD
Deputy coordinator of the mental health activities
PD Dr. Sandra Dehning, MD
Head of working section "Child and Adolescent Mental Health"
Mr. Nebiyou Solomon
Facilitator at the Jimma University
Dr. med. Wolfgang Krahl
i.nez e.V. (International Network for Cooperation in Mental Health)