The Administrative Core (AC) aims to establish and engage a trans-disciplinary research consortium of academics, government representatives and non-governmental organisations across the three countries to address the burden of common mental disorders in primary health care settings. The AC manages all operations including the development of monitoring systems for all SMhINT activities and milestones, and a process evaluation of the partnership.
The scale up study examines multi-level influences on the uptake, implementation, effectiveness and sustainability of an existing scale-up of an integrated mental health package for chronic disorders project (MhINT) at primary health care level in diverse sub-districts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Scale-Up Study is the primary research focus of the SMhINT Project.
The Capacity Building component of SMhINT aims to build implementation science and dissemination research capacity in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.
Additionally, the capacity building core aims to recruit service providers, managers and policy makers as trainees, providing real-world opportunities, mentorship and necessary knowledge to conduct optimal scale-up of evidence-based integrated mental health care.
Mental health policy analyses suggest that the diffusion of a policy innovation from one country to another is optimal when countries:
1. perceive a high degree of commonality with respect to the burden of illness
2. are close geographically, which promotes social learning and peer comparison
South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania are in close proximity. With this partnership, we will learn from each other in a unique Southern African collaboration.