AFFIRM

AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM)AFFIRM

http://www.affirm.uct.ac.za

AFFIRM is a research and capacity development Hub established in 6 countries: South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Ethiopia.

It has the following aims:

  • To investigate strategies for narrowing the treatment gap for mental disorders in sub-Saharan Africa, through conducting two randomised controlled trials, one each in South Africa and Ethiopia.
  • To build individual and institutional capacity for intervention research in sub-Saharan Africa,
  • To establish a network of collaboration between researchers, NGOs and government agencies that facilitates the translation of research knowledge into policy and practice and
  • To collaborate with other regional hubs.

AFFIRM is funded by the National Institutes of Health under RFA-MH-11-070: Collaborative Hubs for International Development.

The project brings together a multidisciplinary partnership of some of the 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.

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AFFIRM Annual Meeting 2014, University of Cape Town