University of Cape Town
Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
University of Cape Town
46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch
7700 Cape Town
Prof Crick Lund
+27 21 6850120
+27 21 6503054
The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town is committed to building capacity for mental health policy, services and research in African countries. The goals of the Emerald programme are directly aligned with this commitment. The Centre for Public Mental Health was established in 2010, but staff in the Centre have a long history of mental health policy and services research. This has included:
- developing the first post-apartheid norms for mental health services in South Africa (1998);
- collaboration with the WHO on development of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance package, and consulting to Lesotho, Namibia and Indonesia in the development of mental health policies and plans (2000-2005);
- leading the DFID funded Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP) Research Programme Consortium, which included mental health policy and services research, capacity development and collaboration with mental health policy makers, planners and service providers in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia (2005-2010);
- participation in the 2007 Lancet “Call for Action” paper which included modelling the resources required to scale up a core package of care in LMICs, and is directly relevant to the activities of WP03; and
- leading a paper on “Breaking the cycle of poverty and mental ill-health in low and middle income countries” as part of the 2011 Lancet series on Global Mental Health. This included a systematic review of the economic impact of mental health treatment and rehabilitation interventions in LMICs, which provides a strong foundation for the activities in WP03 of Emerald.
During the last 2 years the Centre for Public Mental Health has been awarded two large international research grants which have many potential synergies with the Emerald programme: the DFID funded Programme for Improving Mental care (PRIME) (www.prime.uct.ac.za), and the NIMH funded AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM) (www.affirm.uct.ac.za), a regional hub for research on narrowing the treatment gap in sub-Saharan Africa.