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Working Group on Global Mental Health

Main areas of interest:

  • Academic development cooperation / International teaching and faculty development
  • Global care research
  • Intercultural psychiatry

Board: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Falkai

Coordinator: Dr. med. Andrea Jobst

Co-coordinator: Dr. med. Kristina Adorjan

Head of the section on child and adolescent psychiatry: PD Dr. med. Sandra Dehning

Main focus:

The aim of our work is to improve medical care for the mentally ill in low- and middle-income countries by supporting medical education and research. The Working Group on Global Mental Health is a partner in the CIHLMU Center for International Health at the hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. The CIHLMU was founded in 2009 as one of five centres of excellence in German development cooperation ( Since 2009, the CIHLMU Center for International Health has been supported by the programme of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – Exceed’ of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It supports its partner universities in developing countries in the development and expansion of education and research and conducts international networking in the health care sector. The Working Group on Global Mental Health is responsible for directly and sustainably supporting training in the field of mental health in Ethiopia. Together with the department of psychiatry at Jimma University in the southwest of the country, we developed a master’s degree for non-physician clinicians that enables graduates to make diagnoses and recommend treatments similar to a mental health specialist. This should help to improve psychiatric care throughout the country. Additional projects include the development of rehabilitation centres, destigmatisation and the training of nurses in providing treatment in child and adolescent psychiatry. To consolidate an international network for mental health we host annual alumni meetings in Ethiopia and an annual symposium ‘Global Mental Health – Mental Health in Developing Countries’ in Munich. One of the main objectives of our work is to contribute to realising the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations.


Prof. Matthias Siebeck, Dr. Wolfgang Krahl, Prof. Dr. Reiner Frank, Christine Gruber Frank, Dr. Fabian Loy, Fabian Jacobs Dr. Herbert Steinböck, Dr. Georg Rieder


Additional information:


  • Mubarek Abrea, MSc, PhD, Assist. Professor; Matiwos Soboka, MSc, Assist. Professor; Worknesh Tessema, MSc; Elias Tesfaye, MD (Department of Psychiatry at Jimma University, Ethiopia)
  • Prof. Markos Tesfaye, MD, PhD (St. Pauls Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Prof. Eshetu Girma, MPH, PhD (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  • i.nez e.V. (International Network for Cooperation in Mental Health)


  • Investigations of stigma against mentally ill in Ethiopia (2012-2014, Eshestu Grima, Sandra Dehning))
  • Investigations to trauma in steet children in Ethiopia (2013)
  • Education research and evaluation (
  • Establishing a section of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry (
  • Epidemiology, neurobiological markers and genetics in addiction-related illnesses (
  • PhD thesis: Substance use disorder and its effect on quality of life, mental health and adherence to anti-TB medication among tuberculosis patients in Southwest Ethiopia (Matiwos Soboka Daba)

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