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Mental health research capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa: the African Mental Health Research Initiative

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Chibanda, Dixon, Abas, Melanie, Musesengwa, Rosemary, Merritt, Chris, Sorsdahl, Katherine, Mangezi, Walter, Bandawe, Chiwoza, Cowan, Frances ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3087-4422, Araya, Ricardo, Gomo, Exnevia, Gibson, Lorna, Weiss, Helen, Hanlon, Charlotte and Lund, Crick (2020) 'Mental health research capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa: the African Mental Health Research Initiative'. Global Mental Health, Vol 7, e8.

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Abstract

Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders are a leading, but neglected, cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The treatment gap for MNS is vast with only 10% of people with MNS disorders in low-income countries accessing evidence-based treatments. Reasons for this include low awareness of the burden of MNS disorders and limited evidence to support development, adaptation and implementation of effective and feasible treatments. The overall goal of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) is to build an African-led network of MNS researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are equipped to lead high quality mental health research programs that meet the needs of their countries, and to establish a sustainable career pipeline for these researchers with an emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programs such as HIV/AIDS. This paper describes the process leading to the development of AMARI's objectives through a theory of change workshop, successes and challenges that have been faced by the consortium in the last 4 years, and the future role that AMARI could play in further building MNS research capacity by brining on board more institutions from low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on developing an evidence-based training curriculum and a research-driven care service.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
WB Practice of Medicine > WB 100 General works
WM Psychiatry > WM 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1017/gmh.2019.32
Depositing User: Tina Bowers
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 10:47
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 14:28
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/13884

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