On 13th of August 2010, there was a half day Dissemination workshop at the Red Cross Training Center where one of our staff member Dr. Belaineh Girma and a representative of the University of Washington, Mr. Bizu Gelaye presented their preliminary result on the survey of "Non Communicable Disease among Bank Employees and Teachers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia." The research was done by ACIPH in collaboration with University of Washington Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program Seattle, USA. The Findings were presented on this day in the presence of people from different organizations which include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Education Bureau, the MIRT fellows and ACIPH staff members. Following the presentation of the preliminary findings, very lively discussion were held by participants. The fact that the research was the first of its kind since it included the biochemical tests, and dealt with diseases which received not enough attention in our country created a lot of enthusiasm among participants. The findings indicated that the magnitude of cardiovascular risk factors was high among study participants. The factors are behavioral and life style factors which include substance abuse, reduced consumption of fruits and vegetables and little or no physical exercise. The other one is cardio‐metabolic risk factors which increase prevalence of overweight and obesity among participants. The outcomes of this is increased prevalence of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. The high figures presented on that day have managed to captivate the audiences' attention fully, making the concluding discussion very lively; with everybody suggesting possible interventions that ought to be made and the drawbacks of the present practice.
Addis continental Institute of Public Health has been collaborating on various research training initiatives with the MIRT program at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington) since its inception. This program has helped in undertaking public health relevant researches and at the same time training students from ACIPH and University of Washington. Each year students come to our Institution for short summer research training. During their stay they get plenty of opportunities to learn doing research through mentorship sessions and interacting with the Institute staff. This year's MIRT 2010 Fellows were Wint Wai , Alvin Tran, and RJ Dhami. Their research training was based on "The Metabolic Syndrome" and "Identifying Cardiovascular Disease Risks among Working Ethiopian Adults."