Dr.Jibril I.M Handuleh

Job role: 
Psychiatry Resident and Researcher
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Policy Maker
Brief Biography: 

I am Dr DJibril Ibrahim Moussa with the nick name Jibril Handuleh. I  am Psychiatry resident at St Paul's Hospital Millenium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over a decade I was a GP practicing psychiatry in  Borama , home of Amoud University, in Somaliland, semi-autonomous region in Northwestern Somalia. I attended medical school at Amoud University School of Medicine. I graduated in 2009. My internship was in Borama, Hargeisa, Burco and Erigavo in Somaliland. During my internship, I was also intern with MSF in Erigavo as field doctor in 2010.
 I was selected as a mental health representative in Somaliland September 2009-December 2010. It was my gateway to mental health as a profession. My role involved co-teaching psychiatry at Amoud and Hargeisa universities in Somaliland working in final year exams and advocating mental health at a national level.
Since 2011, I was appointed as assistant lecturer in psychiatry. I teach medical students, nurses and midwives at Amoud University on Mental health. I work with King's College London institute psychiatrists, nurses, social workers , occupational therapists who co-teach with us. I single-handedly developed final clinical examinations in psychiatry under supervision of senior psychiatrists at King's College London, UK
I had been advocate for mental health in Somaliland. This led to the work I conducted as a member of the national mental health policy team. We set up first national mental health policy in Post conflict Somaliland.This includes service development in Borama. First with outpatient unit in Al-Hayat teaching hospital with support from Tropical Health and Educational Trust (THET) and subsequently in Borama Regional Hospital. I worked with community leaders, Amoud University and Somali diaspora in building 26 bed unit in the Amoud Teaching Hospital. First of its kind in Awdal region serving an estimated population of 750,000 and the clients from neighboring regions in Ethiopia and Djibouti. In the meantime, had extensive community outreach program for local prison, schools. perinatal clinics and the slums in Borama addressing psychiatry practice holistically.
Finally, I was involved in a number of international publications with colleagues at King's College London putting Borama psychiatry into the map.

I trained public health at Heidelberg University in Germany. I was public health activity manager at MSF Spain in Nigeria from March-October 2017. Since November 2017, I was appointed as a senior lecturer of Public Health and Psychiatry at Amoud University schools of medicine and public health.

While specializing in psychiatry in Ethiopia I retain my academic role at Amoud University as a researcher.

My areas of research are psychiatric epidemiology, health systems and NCDs. My Orcid ID is   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2662-1078

Policy and legislation
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Regions of interest: 
Middle East
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Primary care
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disorders of interest: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders
All disorders