Abebaw Fekadu

Abebaw Fekadu is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University and a visiting senior lecturer at King’s College London, UK. He obtained his PhD from Umea University (Sweden). He is head (Center Leader) of the World Bank African Center of Excellence in Therapeutic Discovery (CDT-Africa) at Addis Ababa University and an African Research Leader (the Medical Research Council/DfID, UK). His ongoing work with his team of researchers has improved the understanding of the epidemiology of severe mental disorders and mood disorders in low-income countries. His work in relation to the staging of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) has contributed to the methodology of the study of TRD. His research projects on developing evidence for the integration of mental health care into primary care using complex intervention approaches have improved the understanding of the requirements for integrated mental health care. He has been instrumental in the successful integration of mental health care in the Sodo district of the Gurage zone, which has made mental health services available for 180,000 people. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Ethiopian Medical Association and the Ethiopian Public Health Association. He is also a commissioner of the Lancet Commission for the Future of Health in Africa and has served in various national and international committees relevant to health.