New curriculum designed to launch degree programme in psychiatry
Adama, August 25, 2002 (ENA) - An educational curriculum that would enable to launch a
psychiatric nurses training at the BSc degree level has reportedly been formulated and tabled
for scholarly debate.
A psychiatrist at the Addis Ababa University, Dr. Atalay Alem, said although over 17 per cent
of the Ethiopian population suffers from psychiatric-related problems, the number of
psychiatrists available in the country only stands at 10.
Dr. Atalay made the remarks here yesterday at a relevant workshop organized to evaluate
the newly designed curriculum.
He said the Psychiatric Nurses Training School established on the premise of the Amanuel
Hospital had trained 203 nurses in diploma over the past 16 years.
Consequently, 45 psychiatric medication centers, set up in the metropolis and states, have
been rendering services to patients, he said.
Dr. Atalay, however, said the number of desperately-needed psychiatric centers and skilled
professionals were not correspondingly adequate with the growing number of patients.
The new curriculum would enable to augment the number of skilled professionals who would
engage in the psychotherapy delivery services, he said.
Dr. Atalay said the newly designed curriculum was expected to be effected as of 1996 E.C.
Some 25 pertinent professionals drawn from Addis Ababa University, Ministries of Health and
Education and referral hospitals in the country were in attendance at a two-day workshop.