Generating evidence to narrow the treatment gap for mental disorders in sub-Saharan Africa
There is limited evidence on the acceptability, feasibility and cost-effectiveness of task-sharing interventions to narrow the treatment gap for mental disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this article is to describe the rationale, aims and methods of the Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM) collaborative research hub.
Making assessment locally relevant: measuring functioning for maternal depression in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
We developed a locally relevant functioning assessment instrument (FAI)for pregnant women and mothers of young babies to complement a widely validated instrument — the World Health Organization's Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS) 12-item version.
AFFIRM protocol publication: TRIALS Journal
Maternal depression carries a major public health burden for mothers and their infants, yet there is a substantial treatment gap for this condition in low-resourced regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. To address this treatment gap, the strategy of “task sharing” has been proposed, involving the delivery of interventions by non-specialist health workers trained and supervised by specialists in routine healthcare delivery systems.
International leaders call for action to the UN. #FUNDAMENTALSDG
We can make impact by considering mental health within the full range of policies and programmes. In the new global consensus on development priorities, health is increasingly seen as an essential component of overall sustainable development, and as a positive outcome of successful achievement of human rights, social, and environmental targets.
IMHERZ programme breathes new life into psychiatric education in Zimbabwe
A programme of education and research in Zimbabwe, led by the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZ-CHS) in collaboration with Centre for Global Mental Health has boosted the number of psychiatrists in the country, and allowed a once fledging faculty to embrace research, and develop new specialist mental health services.