Ethiopian PhD students visit PRIME at UCT

13 Oct 2015 - 12:00

Tesera Bitew and Kebede Tirfessa, both PhD candidates at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) received scholarships from their institution to visit the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) at the University of Cape Town to engage with supervisors and colleagues.

Tesera is specializing in mental health epidemiology at AAU, and is also a teacher in Debre Markos University, 300km north of Addis, in the Department of Psychology. Linked to PRIME, his research interest is on maternal depression and its consequences for public health and health care in Ethiopia. Kebede’s work focuses on mental health linked to food security.

Tesera and Kebede thanked Prof Crick Lund, Dr Simone Honikman from the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) and the rest of the staff at the CPMH for their assistance, guidance and hospitality.

“Our stay was interesting and a great opportunity to meet experienced researchers in our respective areas, and to discuss and engage with different African scholars at All Africa House. Field visits, attending presentations and regular meetings were vital ways of sharing our academic experiences,” said Tesera. 

By Maggie Marx and Amit Makan