Meron Abey has been working as country director for Arts in medicine project Africa, and representative for Arts Health Early Career Research Network. She has primarily been practicing as an art therapist for mental health patients and conducting research on the awareness level of dementia in Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia, patients with dementia are forced to stay at home and communicate with no one outside. As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, Abey aims to create a wide platform for public discussion about brain health, and thus address a large number of society. She is currently conducting a research on the level of awareness about dementia, and and working as an art therapist to improve the quality of patients' of lives. She is hoping to develop her skills and understanding about brain health and support the GBHI community with adequate services. Exploring the different cultures and knowing more about life are two the things she enjoys most.
Bio: Meron Sisay received her bachelor degree in performing and visual arts from Addis Ababa University. After completing her degree, she opened a theater production company and started producing and directing plays. Because of her personal interest, she started training herself with art therapy and practiced in mental health hospitals. When she received the position of country director for Arts in Medicine Africa and Representative for Arts Health Early Career Research Network, she devoted her full time for brain health.