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Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture with Prof Charlotte Hanlon…

The Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture is held annually in memory of Prof Flisher who was a pioneer in the field of public mental health in South Africa and a world-renowned scientist, academic, mentor and mental health professional. This year, Prof Charlotte Hanlon will be delivering the lecture. 
“Restoring the person’s life”
Working with people with severe mental health conditions in Ethiopia (and beyond) to achieve change
Prof Charlotte Hanlon
I am a psychiatrist and mental health researcher who lives and works in Ethiopia. The main focus of my work is on developing, testing and implementing interventions that seek to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries. I have a particular interest in working with people affected by severe mental health conditions, including psychoses, and developmental disabilities.
Current projects include HOPE, an NIHR global health research group on homelessness and severe mental illness (co-PI with Professor Atalay Alem), SCOPE, a Wellcome Trust-funded study of the context of psychosis in Ethiopia to inform outcomes (PI), PROMISE, a Wellcome Trust-funded study on improving detection and care for people with psychosis in Malawi (PI Professor Stephen Lawrie), and PRIZE, an MRC-funded project to pilot a peer support intervention for people with psychosis in South Africa (co-PIs Dr Laura Asher, Dr Carrie Brook-Sumner). I am Ethiopia PI on SPARK, an NIHR funded cluster randomized controlled trial of WHO’s caregiver skills training for children with developmental disabilities in Ethiopia and Kenya (PIs Dr Rosa Hoekstra, Prof. Amina Abubaker). I am a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Psychoses in Global Context.

We look forward to you joining us for this special hybrid event.

Registration (MS Teams) for the event will be required,
whether attending in person or online. 
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For those attending the event in person, the lecture will take place at the 
Neuroscience Insititute (Auditorium)
E Floor, Groote Schuur Hospital
Anzio Road, Observatory 
Cape Town, South Africa

Snacks will be available after the lecture.

Dr Claire van der Westhuizen 

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CPMH Seminar: African mental health Researchers InspiRed and Equipped…

The CPMH’s seminar programme is an opportunity to share on-going work and invite broader participation in the Centre.

On 2 August 2022 the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health hosted a seminar by the ARISE team. The project is led by co-principal investigators, Prof Katherine Sorsdahl (UCT) and Prof Ashraf Kagee (SU), and co-investigators Dr Claire van der Westhuizen (UCT) and Dr Rizwana Roomaney (SU). Ms Shaheema Allie is the PGDip course coordinator


Mental disorders make an increasingly significant contribution to the burden of disease in African low- and middle-income countries, also increasing risk for a range of other health conditions and injuries, yet health systems are poorly resourced to address the problem. Although investment in mental health research capacity building in Africa has increased in recent years, disparities in these areas remain evident particularly in comparison to the substantial funding underpinning research and research training for infectious and other non-communicable diseases in the region. Thus, there is a need for mental health research capacity building in Africa, led by African public mental health researchers, to drive local research priorities, integrate mental health into infectious and non-communicable diseases primary healthcare and infectious/noncommunicable disease care, and retain precious human resources on the continent. The aim of ARISE is to strengthen and extend the postgraduate pipeline in African public mental health to build capacity for non-communicable disease research across the lifespan, building on the extensive capacity-building experience of CPMH and our African network.

In this seminar, the ARISE team will describe the formative work for the PGDip, the course design process and the programme which will be launched in January 2023. Applications are currently open for the nine PGDip fellowships available for 2023.

Please view the presentation below