Partnerships in a Global Mental Health Research Programme—the Example of PRIME

Breuer, E., Hanlon, C., Bhana, A., Chisholm, D., De Silva, M., Fekadu, A., Honikman, S., Jordans, M., Kathree, T., Kigozi, F. and Luitel, N.P

Global Social Welfare

Published on: 12 October 2018

Abstract: Collaborative research partnerships are necessary to answer key questions in global mental health, to share expertise, access funding and influence policy. However, partnerships between low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and high-income countries have often been inequitable with the provision of technical knowledge flowing unilaterally from high to lower income countries. We present the experience of the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME), a LMIC-led partnership which provides research evidence for the development, implementation and scaling up of integrated district mental healthcare plans in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda.We use Tuckman’s first four stages of forming, storming, norming and performing to reflect on the history, formation and challenges of the PRIME Consortium. We show how this resulted in successful partnerships in relation to management, research, research uptake and capacity building and reflect on the key lessons for future partnerships.

Keywords: Global mental health, Global health, Partnerships, Low- and middle-income countries

https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-018-0128-6

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