Capacity Building

  • 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.

Progress

  • The Capacity Building component has progressed well with all three countries (South Africa, Mozambique, and Tanzania) having recruited their trainees.

 

  • In September 2018, we conducted a 4-day SMhINT meeting in Beira, Mozambique. During this meeting the focus of Capacity Building was to discuss and develop project timelines, procedures, and policies, with a particular focus on curriculum and training design for the upcoming year. The team was also able to attend introduction presentations from the 10 newly-recruited Mozambican trainees. In 2019 the Tanzanian trainees were given the opportunity to present their projects at our meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • In total 10 trainees have been recruited from Mozambique, 8 trainees have been recruited from Tanzania, and 16 from South Africa.

 

  • Each country has autonomy in developing training curriculum and materials that they feel best suit the unique, context-specific needs of their trainees, mentors, and potential projects. However, we have developed an online eLearning portal to facilitate the sharing of resources and provide access to online courses relevant to implementation science training. The eLearning portal includes access to courses adapted from the University of Washington, including Ethical Conduct & Academic Integrity: Protecting Human Subjects and Health Information Management and Applied Epidemiology (HIMAE). We will soon incorporate a Fundamentals of Implementation Science course into the eLearning portal. In addition to online coursework, the eLearning portal serves as a repository for sharing materials and resources and for cross-culture communication between trainees.

Capacity Building Updates

Capacity Building Update for SMhINT Tanzania

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania SMhINT Year 2 Program Report Year 2 was a kick off year for most of the activities in Tanzania. We began by involving stakeholders who will work with us to support implementation of the project. These includes policy makers in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), and health managers from two municipal councils for the Dar es salaam and Mbeya Regions. During this time, we were able successfully engage a relevant focal person at the Ministry, the Head of the NCD Department Dr. Sarah Maongezi

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Capacity Building Update for SMhINT South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL (UKZN), SOUTH AFRICA SMHINT YEAR 2 PROGRAM REPORT A close collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Health has led to a co-creation of the South African Capacity Building Component. Requirements for Capacity Building trainees was they had to work for the Department of Health in a management capacity and be interested and involved in management of mental health care services. This process led to the selection of 16 participants who are involved in the governance of mental healthcare in the province, at district and provincial levels. The group includes representatives from the provincial mental health and

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Capacity Building Update for SMhINT Mozambique

Health Alliance International, Beira Operations Research Center (CIOB) Mozambique SMhINT Year 2 Program Report Health Alliance International (HAI) collaborates closely with a trans-disciplinary research consortium of academics, government representatives, and non-governmental organizations in Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa, to build implementation science and dissemination research (ISDR) capacity in global mental health. In this consortium, HAI strives to meet activities highlighted under Aim 3 of the project, intended to provide real-world research opportunities, mentorship, and necessary knowledge to conduct implementation science to inform the scale-up of evidence-based integrated mental health care in Mozambique. Year 2 marks the successful completion of a

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Capacity Building Update for SMhINT Tanzania

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania SMhINT Year 2 Program Report Year 2 was a kick off year for most of the activities in Tanzania. We began by involving stakeholders who will work with us to support implementation of the project. These includes policy makers in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), and health managers from two municipal councils for the Dar es salaam and Mbeya Regions. During this time, we were able successfully engage a relevant focal person at the Ministry, the Head of the NCD Department Dr. Sarah Maongezi

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Capacity Building Update for SMhINT South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL (UKZN), SOUTH AFRICA SMHINT YEAR 2 PROGRAM REPORT A close collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Health has led to a co-creation of the South African Capacity Building Component. Requirements for Capacity Building trainees was they had to work for the Department of Health in a management capacity and be interested and involved in management of mental health care services. This process led to the selection of 16 participants who are involved in the governance of mental healthcare in the province, at district and provincial levels. The group includes representatives from the provincial mental health and

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