SUCCEED: Support, Comprehensive Care and Empowerment of People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Building on principles of co-production and South-South partnership to design and evaluate interventions for psychosis and establish regional leaders in research and policy on psychosocial disabilities.
People with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities have a range of concerns that are not always addressed by health services alone. SUCCEED Africa is an international research consortium taking a bottom-up approach to investigate “What Works” for people with psychosis in their communities. SUCCEED Africa will co-produce a six-year programme of research to understand needs, collaborate in designing solutions, and evaluate their impact. In the process, SUCCEED Africa will develop local centres of excellence in co-production in Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.
SUCCEED Africa’s programme of work is divided into three work packages (Research, Capacity-Building and Uptake) united around six six cross-cutting objectives:
- Build capacity for co-production between researchers, providers, people with psychosis and families.
- Co-produce new tools, including outcome measures, for improved research on psychosis.
- Synthesise evidence on “What Works” for psychosis in sub-Saharan Africa and for psychosocial disabilities more broadly in low- and middle-income countries.
- Build on this evidence to co-produce interventions for people with psychosis in community settings.
- Use our tools to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of these interventions.
- Increase uptake of evidence-based guidelines based on our research.
- Dr Anthony Sefasi, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
- Prof Olayinka Omigbodun, University of Ibadan
- Dr Rebecca Esliker, University of Makeni
- Dr Dixon Chibanda, LSHTM and University of Zimbabwe
- McPin Foundation
- CBM Global
The SUCCEED programme of "SUpport, Comprehensive Care and EmpowErment for people with psychosocial Disability in Africa" is funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.