Autism in Ethiopia

August 8, 2016

Some social interaction, communication and behavioral deficits have to be present before the diagnosis of autism is appropriate. Though all people with autism show the same specific pattern of impairments, the gravity of these impairments vary from case to case, with some people demonstrating comparatively moderate impairments and others demonstrating severe impairments.

Rural Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia extradited training in mental health and childhood developmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability for the first time. Up to 1 in 100 children in Ethiopia may be smitten by autism, but the diagnostic and educational centers are only in Addis Ababa and therefore it is inaccessible to the majority of the country’s population living in rural villages.

Autism in Ethiopia by Anna Rania Klibi

This revealed a great need for more training in early disclosure, particularly in children, and special support in tackling the stigma that often leads to smitten individuals being concealed by their families.

Autism in Ethiopia confronts a lot of disgrace even by the parents; their children are locked down in dark rooms being chained to control their unusual behavior. Officials in the US health department have agreed on an astounding fact that there are high rates of autism in young Ethiopian children’s living in the USA, the Ethiopian children’s are two to seven times more likely to suffer from autism.

In Ethiopia there is only one operating center in the capital, giving a special

teaching for autistic children who are lucky to be there but these children are still looking for more special education.