We need to advocate for dementia. This needs a strong commitment and collaboration from the government, non-governmental organizations, researchers, and the media in order to improve early case identification and access to care.
Mohammed is a Psychiatrist and an Epidemiologist at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, which is the largest psychiatric care in Ethiopia. He has worked as a medical director and clinician and he is currently working as a research and training director at the hospital. He is also a part-time clinician at Lancet Hospital.
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To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, Mohammed believes we need to advocate for dementia. This needs a strong commitment and collaboration from the government, non-governmental organizations, researchers, and the media in order to improve early case identification and access to care.
Apart from treating patients, Mohammed is running a weekly radio program that tries to raise the awareness of the public about dementia. It gives suggestions on how to differentiate dementia from other illnesses, when to seek care, and coping mechanisms.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Mohammed aims to increase the advocacy of dementia. In addition, he plans to increase research on dementia and expand the service to primary health care, and diagnostic capabilities.
Dementia is increasing in Ethiopia. Stigma, discrimination, and shortage of diagnostic modalities are major challenges to address the service needed.
Mohammed Negusssie received his medical school training from Addis Ababa University. He also received his certificate of specialty from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. After completing his training he joined Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital as Medical Director. There he has received a master's degree in Epidemiology, currently, he is the Research and Training Director at the hospital.