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Methods for interventions on mental health in sub-Saharan Africa

Objective

To establish a network to facilitate the development of methods for interventions on mental ill-health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically:

* to measure the burden of mental ill-health in developing countries
* to identify, develop and disseminate effective methods of detecting and managing common mental disorders
* to co-ordinate the development of proposals
* to advocate further action and research to address mental ill-health in Sub-Saharan Africa
* to enhance the links between research outputs and policy decisions and programme design
* to provide information on the context and constraint related to public health in the participating developing countries
Expected Outcome

* Increased reference to mental health in strategic international public health policy documents
* Increased knowledge of the burden of mental ill-health and identification of vulnerable groups
* Appropriate research methods made available to those interested
The approach will involve facilitating a network of currently dispersed researchers who are at the forefront of the fields of mental health in developing countries . All partners are applied researchers and have close links with implementing agencies. Particular care will be taken to develop methods which are sensitive to the specific health seeking behaviour associated with mental ill-health in different settings. The fact that the partners include both social scientists and medical/psychiatric researchers will ensure that different patterns of health seeking behaviour are considered when designing interventions and methods to evaluate their effectiveness. Specific activities will involve:

* Holding two workshops
* Carrying out exchange visits
* Carrying out project leader missions
* Producing three short reports on the activities of partner
* Producing research proposals
* Disseminating the activities of the concerted action

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

South Bank University
Address
202,Wandsworth Road
SW1 2JZ London
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

Institute of Psychiatry
United Kingdom
Address
De Crespigny Park
SE5 8AF London
Karolinska Institute
Sweden
Address

171 77 Stockholm
Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen
Netherlands
Address
63,Mauritskade
1092 AD Amsterdam
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
Address
Groott Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925
7700 Cape Town
University of Zambia
Zambia
Address

10100 Lusaka
University of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
Address

20 Avondale