Capacity Building Inside SMART Africa

ICHAD and SMART Africa Centers receive funding to support Ugandan researchers

A $1.5 million grant, the “Child Mental Health in HIV-impacted Low-Resource Settings in Developing Countries: Global Research Fellowship” (CHILD-GRF) will provide state-of-the-art training for 18 early-career researchers in Uganda to strengthen the capacity of research institutions to address HIV/AIDS and its burden on child and adolescent mental health. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this five-year program will be led by Fred Ssewamala, William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School, in partnership with Dean Mary McKay, the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School, and Noeline Nakasujja, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Makerere University in Uganda. Because of COVID-19, the training will begin online this summer for the first cohort of six fellows. Over the course of their three-year training period, fellows will receive:

  • Multi-disciplinary training to identify and treat children and adolescents in HIV-impacted, low-resource settings in developing countries.
  • An intensive mentorship and training program that fosters long-term research collaboration with senior researchers and mentors from Africa.
  • Hands-on learning, including site visits to NIH-funded research projects and centers focused on HIV prevention and mental health interventions in communities heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS.
  • Funding opportunities for pilot studies.
  • Technical support and peer review for pilot studies, manuscript preparation, and grant applications for larger studies.

More information about this program can be found on the website, here.