AMECA Symposium in Uganda

Minneapolis, MN
In collaboration with Makerere University and the University of Minnesota Medical School AMECA organized a conference focusing on trauma, addiction, and mental health in Easy Africa. The symposium took place in Kampala, Uganda,, on the 16th, 2018.

The agenda for the symposium is below

Dr. al’Absi with the the representative of the Prime Minster of Uganda
Attendants of the symposium


Time Topic/Format Moderator & Speakers
8:00 Registration Opens (will remain open all day)  
8:45 Opening Remarks Dr. Odonkonyero Raymond, Makerere University


Dr. Mustafa al’Absi, University of Minnesota

9:00 – 10:30










1: Academic Session


Title TBA


Trauma on the African Continent: New and re-emerging threats


Title TBA


Factors associated with violent behavior among adolescents in 3 counties in Kenya

Moderator: Dr. Noeline Nakasujja


Dr. Eugene Kinyanda


Dr. Seggane Musisi



Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach


Regional Speaker: David Ndetei


10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30















2. Clinical and Community Experts


Mental Health Needs of South Sudanese Refugees in Rhino Camp Arua



Substance use and uptake of services among clients attending the Peter C. Alderman Foundation Clinic in Kitgum District


Counselors Training, Practice, Supervision and Mentorship in PTSD Treatments – Field Experiences in Northern Uganda


Socio-professional intervention for post war adolescents who use narcotic drugs in Bujumbura

Moderator: Dr. Odokonyero Raymond


Dr. Alex Adaku – Medical Director, Arua Regional Referral Hospital; Psychiatrist, Rhino Camp


Mr. Oketcho Richard Jomacol – Counseling Psychologist



Mr.Kizito Wamala – ACCTV




Regional Speaker: Tharcisee Niyonzigiye

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:00












3. Selected Abstracts


Treating Trauma- and Alcohol-related Disorders in Northern Uganda: Evaluation of the Status Quo


Psychosocial Barriers to HIV Care in Uganda


Prevalence and factors associated with relapse among patients receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder at Butabika Hospital


Mental illness and stress-related disorders in Eastern Ethiopia: A synthesis of available evidences to emphasize mental health research and services gap in the region.

Moderator: Dr. Yusuf Sadiq


Dr. Anett Pfeiffer



Dr. Sarah Lofgren


Dr. Kenneth Kalani Okware




Lemessa Oljira, PhD

3:00 – 3:30 Tea Break
3:30 – 5:00 4. Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

Advancing the agenda of trauma through research, policy, and action

Moderator: Mustafa al’Absi

Dr. David Ndetei

Tharcisse Niyonzigiye

Lemessa Oljira, PhD

Dr. Seggane Musisi


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