Southern African Research Consortium For Mental Health Integration

SMhINT is a NIH funded research and capacity-building consortium in Southern Africa

  • We aim to use implementation science to strengthen regional mental health integration into primary health, antenatal, and chronic care platforms in under-resourced areas of eastern South Africa, central Mozambique and southern Tanzania.
  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the University of Washington (UW) have partnered with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, Health Alliance International (HAI) and the Beira Operations Research Center (COIB) in Mozambique and the Ministries / Departments of Health in South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique.  

SMhINT is made up of three core components:

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core (AC) aims to establish and engage a trans-disciplinary research consortium of academics, government representatives and non-governmental organisations across the three countries to address the burden of common mental disorders in primary health care settings. The AC manages all operations including the development of monitoring systems for all SMhINT activities and milestones, and a process evaluation of the partnership.

Scale-Up Study

The scale up study examines multi-level influences on the uptake, implementation, effectiveness and sustainability of an existing scale-up of an integrated mental health package for chronic disorders project (MhINT) at primary health care level in diverse sub-districts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

The Scale-Up Study is the primary research focus of the SMhINT Project. 

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. 

SMhINT builds on our years of investment into several rigorous research programs focused on integrating mental health care into primary health care systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Latest News and Updates

Professor Inge Petersen delivers annual Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture

This year’s Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Inge Petersen, S-MhINT Overall Hub Programme Director and Director at the CRH. The lecture focused on implementing and scaling up integrated primary mental health care in the real world.   In this lecture, Prof Petersen, shared the use of a three-pronged approach that adopts implementation science, technical support and systems strengthening to bring evidence-based task sharing interventions for common mental disorders into routine primary health care services in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.   View the webinar below.

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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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Professor Inge Petersen delivers annual Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture

This year’s Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Inge Petersen, S-MhINT Overall Hub Programme Director and Director at the CRH. The lecture focused on implementing and scaling up integrated primary mental health care in the real world.   In this lecture, Prof Petersen, shared the use of a three-pronged approach that adopts implementation science, technical support and systems strengthening to bring evidence-based task sharing interventions for common mental disorders into routine primary health care services in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.   View the webinar below.

Read More

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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