Jimma-Minnesota International Symposium on Mental Health and substance use in Africa is held at Jimma University from February 17-19,2014 under the grand theme “Confronting the Challenges of Mental Health and Substance use problems in Africa.”
The symposium began by a welcoming speech of Dr. Fikre Lemessa ,President of Jimma University .Dr. Fikre,in his speech welcomed all the participants who came from different countries of the world and expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to this symposium to take place in this shape here at Jimma University. He added that Jimma University is very pleased to host such kind of symposiums and want to create relationships with international organizations for its all rounded development. He finally invited Ato Shiferaw Shigute,Minister of Federal Ministery of Education to make an opening speech .
His Excellency, Ato Shiferaw Shigute ,in his opening speech said that he is grateful to those scholars who organized this symposium at the time when Ethiopia has given great attention to the development of Science and Technology.He further urged all scholars and scientists to confront the problem of mental health with co-ordinated effort. Lastly ,he mentioned that this symposium is timely and wished the conference to be successful.
Professor Mustafa Al’Absi,Chair person of the scientific organizing committee of the symposium thanked African and Middle-East Conference on Addiction (AMECA) and International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) for sponsering this conference and requested the participants to attend all the 39 research papers selected and included for this symposium.
Dr.Tedla W/Giorgis, a deligate ,Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH),mentioned that Ministery of Health has planned to bring solution for those mentally ill people by organizing an army who can devote their Knowledge ,time and energy to fight against mental health problems.The symposium proceeded on paper presetations and discussions on different topics and issues raised for three days. It ended by awarding certificate for IBRO workshop participants and paying a visit to Jimma University projects. Lastly,MoU is signed between Jimma University and Khat Research Program (KRP) for further and long-term research and capacity building collaborations.