March 10, 2019: Jimma University is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Mekonnen Assefa, one of its veteran staff. Professor Mekonnen was one of the founders of the former Jimma Institute of Health Sciences now Jimma University. He served the University for more than 20 years, and was among the pioneers in launching and developing Community Based Education, the educational philosophy of Jimma University. In recognition of his exceptional contributions the University has awarded Prof. Mekonnen highest medal of honor. JU Community extends condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.