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Research locations

The setting for the implementation of the PRIME Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is the Sodo district, located about 100 km south of the capital city, Addis Ababa. The total population is 161 952 people. The district is geographically diverse with some of the most inaccessible terrains in the region.

Amharic is the official language of the district, as is the case for the region. The study district was selected because it represented the geographical, and to some extent, the cultural diversity of the country. The district is also in close proximity to the Butajira district, which hosts study sites for Addis Ababa University. 

For more information, read Development of a scalable mental healthcare plan for a rural district in Ethiopia from a special supplement on PRIME published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Research team

Dr Abebaw Fekadu
Principal Investigator
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Email: abe.wassie[at]kcl.ac.uk
Charlotte Hanlon

Dr Charlotte Hanlon
PRIME Research Director & Co-investigator: Ethiopia
King’s College London, UK

Dr Girmay Medhin
Project Coordinator
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Email: gtmedhin[at]yahoo.com
Medhin Selamu
Intervention co-coordinator
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Email: medselamu[at]yahoo.com
Dr Tedla Wolde-Giorgis Dr Tedla Wolde-Giorgis
Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
Email: giorgistw[at]aol.com