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Program ARISE2: African mental health Researchers Inspired and Equipped

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Funding Fogarty Program

Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Research Training

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Program ARISE2: African mental health Researchers Inspired and Equipped

Principal Institution

University of Cape Town

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Sorsdahl, Katherine; Kagee, Shaheen Ashraf

Project Contact Information


Year(s) Awarded



South Africa


Stellenbosch University

Project Description

Mental disorders make an increasingly significant contribution to the burden of disease in African low- and middle-income countries, also increasing risk for a range of other health conditions and injuries, yet health systems are poorly resourced to address the problem. Although investment in mental health research capacity building in Africa has increased in recent years, disparities in these areas remain evident particularly in comparison to the substantial funding underpinning research and research training for infectious and other noncommunicable diseases in the region. Thus, there is a need for mental health research capacity building in Africa, led by African public mental health researchers, to drive local research priorities and retain precious human resources on the continent.

The objectives of the ARISE program are:

  1. To deliver and evaluate a distance postgraduate diploma in public mental health in Africa.
  2. To train masters and Ph.D. students to conduct public mental health research relevant to their setting, with a focus on the integration of mental healthcare into routine care for NCDs and infectious diseases, and into community responses to public health threats, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. To strengthen distance learning, teaching and mentoring skills, and postgraduate student supervision teamwork and capacity within a regional African network of institutions.
  4. To implement and evaluate short courses in implementation and policy research for policymakers, NGOs and academics from diverse disciplines.

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