Name                    : Mulugeta Bayisa Chala
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Nationality: Ethiopia

Mulugeta Bayisa Chala is currently a doctoral student in the Ph.D. program at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada. Mulugeta completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia in 2008. Soon after his graduation, he joined the Department of Physiotherapy, the University of Gondar as a faculty where he was involved in teaching, research and clinical service at the University hospital. His role as a Physiotherapy educator continued after he received a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the same University in 2012. In addition to teaching, he was also involved in patient care at the University of Gondar hospital. During that period, Mulugeta had an opportunity to treat numerous patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions who experienced various degrees of sufferings from pain disability.

Chronic pain is undermanaged in Ethiopian healthcare institutions. This is due to the fact that pain research and pain education is given less emphasis by the country’s higher education and research institutions. As a result, a gap exists between the needs of people living with chronic musculoskeletal pain and the types of services they receive. This existing gap motivated Mulugeta to consider joining a Ph.D. program at Queen’s University through the funding of MasterCard Foundation. His Ph.D. work aims to lay a foundation for chronic pain self-management program and support people with chronic pain disability in Ethiopia.
Mulugeta’s professional interest lies in empowering and coaching patients towards greater health and wellness. He envisions a future where patients are heard, listened and receive a proper pain management services in Ethiopia.