Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia.

Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services.

Beginning with enrollment capacity of 33 students in 1950, AAU now has 47,610 students and 8,709 staff. In its 14 campuses, the University runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs, and various specializations in Health Sciences. Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment.

Addis Ababa University’s mission is to produce competent graduates, provide need-based community service and produce problem-solving research outputs through innovative and creative education, research and consultancy service to foster social and economic development of the country. The University is proud to be included as one of 9 partner institutions in the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative.

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Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University Consultant Psychiatrist, Tikur Anbessa Hospital Associate professor, Addis Ababa University, Co-chair and Director, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration-TAAAC National Lead, African Health Observatory Platform- Ethiopia National Centre

dawit.wondimagegn@aau.edu.et

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Master Scholar

Addis Ababa University, University of Toronto

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Master Scholar

Addis Ababa University, University of Toronto

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Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics School of Pharmacy

Addis Ababa University

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Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University Consultant Psychiatrist, Tikur Anbessa Hospital Associate professor, Addis Ababa University, Co-chair and Director, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration-TAAAC National Lead, African Health Observatory Platform- Ethiopia National Centre

Addis Ababa University

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Professor, School of Public Health

Addis Ababa University

(Medicine) CHAIR

Addis Ababa University

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Health Innovation Hub (H2i) @ AAU

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Leaders in Health: DFCM [name not confirmed yet]

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Leaders in Health: TBC

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Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements”, presented by Kwame Norvixoxo, a Faculty member, Chair of the Research and Ethics Committee and Project Manager for the African Leadership University Health Collaborative project.

Health in Africa Series: Gold or Health? Ghana’s Environment Under Seige

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Gold or Health? Ghana’s environment under siege”, presented by Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, a Public Health Physician, Consultant Research Scientist, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

2023 Annual Convening in Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town (UCT) proudly hosted the inaugural Health Collaborative Convening from October 15th to 17th, 2023, at the scenic Protea Hotel by Marriott, Waterfront Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa.

2022 U of T & Africa Summit

In June 2022, the university hosted a two-day summit that brought together representatives from the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, and other organizations to discuss ideas for partnerships that address some of the most important issues facing Africa and Canada.

2023 U of T & Africa Virtual Summit

This event built upon University of Toronto’s strategic framework for deeper engagement with Africa and commitment to advancing emerging African priorities.

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Dawit Wondimagegn Gebreamlak, MD

Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University Consultant Psychiatrist, Tikur Anbessa Hospital Associate professor, Addis Ababa University, Co-chair and Director, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration-TAAAC National Lead, African Health Observatory Platform- Ethiopia National Centre

Addis Ababa University

Dr. Dawit Wondimagegn is the former Chief Executive Director of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Vice President of Addis Ababa University (AAU), Chair of AAU’s, Department of Psychiatry and Director of Graduate Programs for AAU, CHS in Ethiopia. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at AAU, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Tikur Anbessa Hospital, Co-chair and Director, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration-TAAAC and the National Lead, African Health Observatory Platform- Ethiopia National Centre.

Through his numerous activities as a clinical and health systems leader, global mental health expert, IPT expert, and researcher, he is helping to decrease stigma and improve access to mental healthcare. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at AAU, he co-leads with Marci Rose the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration to develop post-graduate subspecialty training programs in numerous areas of medicine, primary care and nursing in Ethiopia.

He has published in the areas of global mental health, family medicine, medical ethics, psychotherapy knowledge translation, and post-partum depression. He was a primary investigator of two Grand Challenges Canada funded projects – The Biaber Project, to scale up screening and mental health care in Ethiopian primary care settings; and to engage with Ethiopian traditional healers, using a collaborative care model to increase the identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders. He has culturally adapted IPT for Ethiopia (IPT-E) and led IPT workshops for psychiatry residents at AAU and University of Toronto. The Biaber Project enabled the training of >500 Ethiopian primary care nurses in IPT-E.

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Bethlehem Addisu Demissie

Master Scholar

Addis Ababa University

As a Mastercard Scholar, I get to develop new connections every day.

Being a scholar enables me to meet various people from around the world and to share and learn from their experiences. Since tuition and living expenses are fully covered, I can focus my attention on learning and exploring new things. I am so grateful and excited to be a Mastercard Scholar and I am looking forward to adventures ahead.

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Bethlehem (Betty) Sisay Tefera

Master Scholar

Addis Ababa University

My time as a Mastercard Foundation scholar at the University of Toronto has truly been a transformative experience.

As a medical doctor from Ethiopia, I have gained a new perspective on healthcare and the ways in which it is viewed around the world. In Canada, I have been inspired by the idea that healthcare is a right, not a privilege to be earned, and I now dream of bringing this ideology back to my home country.

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Anteneh Belete, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics School of Pharmacy

Addis Ababa University

Dr. Anteneh Belete is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Addis Ababa University (AAU) trained in Ethiopia and in Germany.

He has served AAU in various capacities as Head of the Department, Associate Director for Staff Affairs, Academic Standards and Quality Assurance, Director for Research and Technology Transfer as well as Dean of School of Pharmacy in the CHS. He is routinely involved in teaching and research activities and has presented a number of research findings in both international and local conferences. He has published over 55 research articles in reputable local and international journals. He was the principal investigator of two thematic research projects at the AAU, co-PI of a Science and Technology Minister (MOST) supported research project and a co-investigator and core faculty member of CDT-Africa, a World Bank funded African Center of Excellence (ACE-II) project.  

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Damen Haile Mariam, MD, PhD

Professor, School of Public Health

Addis Ababa University

Damen Haile Mariam, MD, MPH, PhD, is a Professor of Public Health and Health Economics at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Professor Damen is registered as a Consultant Community Health Specialist with the Federal Ministry of Health (serving as member and consultant within various national and international professional committees). In addition, he is a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.  

He is currently serving as Dean of the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University (since 2019); Regional Editor (Africa) for the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (since 2014); and Member of Ambo University Board (since 2022).  He has also served as: President of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2001-2005); Member of the Executive Board of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (2003-2006); and Editor-In-Chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development (2009 – 2016).

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Yewondwossen Tadesse

(Medicine) CHAIR

Addis Ababa University