SMART Africa (Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training in Africa) Project is a transdisciplinary collaborative partnership funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to engage stakeholders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa in addressing child mental health burden, evidence-based intervention implementation, scale-up, service gaps.
Staff of BasicNeeds-Ghana is undergoing a two-day orientation on the protocols of the project Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training (SMART) Africa. The project, which is a pilot study, is part of a larger collaboration among Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and U.S researchers funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In Ghana, the study is led by researchers from the University of Ghana in collaboration with BasicNeeds-Ghana. The training facilitators are Prof Fred Ssewamdle and Dr Ozge Bahar (both from Washington University) and Dr Apollo Kivumbi (SMART Africa Project Director, Uganda). The SMART Africa-Ghana team is comprised of Dr Emmanuel Asampong and Dr Abdallah Ibrahim, both from the School of Public Health, University of Ghana.