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.

Our Work

SUCCEED Africa’s programme of work is divided into three work packages (Research, Capacity-Building and Uptake) united around six six cross-cutting objectives:

  1. Build capacity for co-production between researchers, providers, people with psychosis and families.
  2. Co-produce new tools, including outcome measures, for improved research on psychosis.
  3. Synthesise evidence on “What Works” for psychosis in sub-Saharan Africa and for psychosocial disabilities more broadly in low- and middle-income countries.
  4. Build on this evidence to co-produce interventions for people with psychosis in community settings.
  5. Use our tools to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of these interventions.
  6. Increase uptake of evidence-based guidelines based on our research.


Collaborating Partners


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.