“South to South Collaboration to Strengthen Child and Adolescent Mental Health in SSA: Lessons Learned from SMART Africa Center”
Virtual Conference – April 21-22, 2021
The 5th Annual Conference on Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa is jointly offered by SMART Africa Center and the International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. We hope you will join us to discuss “South to South Collaboration to Strengthen Child and Adolescent Mental Health in SSA: Lessons Learned from SMART Africa Center.”
This conference will bring together the SMART Africa sites (Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and U.S.) to discuss ongoing projects related to scaling up evidence-based child mental health interventions, sustaining high-quality mental health care in resource-limited settings, lessons learned, and informing policies and programs in the partner countries. The conference will also provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and community members to share knowledge and expertise, and strengthen partnerships across sub-Saharan Africa, especially on issues related to child and adolescent behavioral health. In addition, the conference strengthens SMART Africa’s efforts to build capacity and share novel evidence-based findings from the field. The previous four conferences brought together researchers, NGOs, government officials, and other stakeholders to discuss child and adolescents’ behavioral interventions.
This year’s conference will look a bit different than prior years, with panels, breakout sessions and content moving online. We believe this new virtual format will lead to greater participation, discussions and working sessions around the continuation of sustainable, evidence-based child behavioral health interventions in the region. The conference objectives are to:
- Provide a format to update community stakeholders about study results and hear from them about their experiences with the intervention,
- Foster bi-directional exchange among researchers from the Global North and the Global South interested in child/adolescent behavioral health to inform sustainable and scalable programs and policies in low-resource settings; and
- Accelerate scientific progress in this area through written scholarly products.
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