A team led by Dr Rosa Hoekstra of The Open University’s Faculty of Science has been awarded almost $200,000 for autism research in Ethiopia from Autism Speaks, one of the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organisations.
The training is based on learning resources written by Ethiopian health experts with support from the OU’s HEAT (Health Education and Training) programme. Following evaluation learning resources will be revised and new materials integrated into CHW training. The project is likely to have a significant impact on the lives of children with autism and raising autism awareness in one of the most underserved areas in the world.
The co-investigators include Lesley-Anne Long, Director HEAT and Dr Basiro Davey, Deputy Director HEAT (Ethiopia).