AFrican Focus on Intervention Research in Mental health
PI. Professor Martin Prince
Co-I: Professor Graham Thornicroft Dr Melanie Abas
The AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM) hub is a research and capacity development hub, established in 6 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. King's College London are part of a collaboration with the University Of Cape Town, lead by Prof Crick Lund, for a grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The major goal of this £1.6 million study is to conduct a randomized controlled trials of task shifted care for mental health disorders in Ethiopia and South Africa, which is a shared program of research with other hubs. The five year grant was from 2011 - 2016.
Partnerships have been formed comprising some leading individuals and research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, government and NGOs, and international investigators in the UK and USA, while enjoying excellent support from Ministries of Health in the study countries.
1. Two randomised controlled trials on task shifting; one in Ethiopia and South Africa;
2. A capacity building component primarily focused on the MPhil programme in Public Mental Health and a series of short courses will be offered by UCT and Stellenbosch University;
3. A shared project across all NIMH hubs, examining scalability and replicability of task shifting interventions, and
4. Regular meetings to establish a network of collaborators in mental health research within sub-Saharan Africa, between AFFIRM, other hubs, the NIMH, and local researchers and mental health specialists.