U of T’s engagement with Addis Ababa University (AAU) began through the Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Program (TAAPP). The TAAPP was established in 2003 to address the shortage of psychiatrists in Ethiopia. At the time, there were only 11 in the entire country, all located in the capital city. Recognizing the need to establish an Ethiopian residency program in psychiatry, the TAAPP was created in partnership with U of T and AAU’s Department of Psychiatry.
The TAAPP proved so successful that in 2008, the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) was founded to build on the model of the TAAPP in fields such as medicine, engineering, and the social sciences. The TAAAC is now the umbrella organization that houses all new educational partnerships between U of T and AAU.
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- Over 100 U of T faculty members have travelled to Ethiopia to strengthen postgraduate education and training activities at AAU. Together, U of T and AAU have trained 50 psychiatrists in-country, bringing the number of psychiatrists in Ethiopia from 11 to 61. Additionally, there are now 5 departments of psychiatry outside Addis Ababa, run by graduates of the TAAPP.
- In 2014, Dr. Clare Pain, Professor of Psychiatry at U of T, Co-Director of the TAAPP and Coordinator for the TAAAC received an Honourary Doctorate in Science from AAU.
- The Ethiopian Canadian Nursing Collaboration is a joint initiative between AAU’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery and U of T’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. This collaboration strengthens the nursing profession and health system by providing clinical education, thesis support on site, and teaching trips.
- The Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM) at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine offers global health-family medicine elective at AAU. Students are paired with an Ethiopian resident and accompany them on service, at clinics and on rounds. DFCM residents are also expected to act as ambassadors for the discipline of family medicine, focusing on the impact of comprehensive, competent and patient-centred primary care on individuals and communities.