Southern African Research Consortium for Mental Health Integration

Together with academic, government and civil sector partners in Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania, HAI is building local capacity to integrate and scale up evidence-based mental health services into primary health systems.

With limited available resources for mental health and a lack of service integration into the primary health care system, there is an urgent need to build capacity and implement scalable, evidence-based, approaches to optimize mental health service delivery in Mozambique and throughout Southern Africa.

The Southern African Research Consortium for Mental Health Integration brings together academic, government, and civil society institutions from Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania, to build the evidence for mental health integration into primary health services. HAI is a core member of the consortium, playing a key role in evaluating the effectiveness and potential for scale-up of an integrated mental health package in South Africa; intensive curriculum development; and training junior scientists to use implementation science and dissemination research (ISDR) to address common mental disorders in primary health care settings.

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Ten mental health professionals from Mozambique’s Mental Health program were selected to train in implementation science and dissemination research. They are each working on conducting and leading their own implementation research studies to generate evidence on how best to improve mental healthcare in Mozambique and other low- and middle-income countries.

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Funding

[2017-2022] Southern African Research Consortium for Mental Health INTegration.

This project receives funding support from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under award number U19MH113191, via a subagreement from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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