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Meet the team – University of Cape Town

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UCT aspires to be a world-class African institution, and in line with that vision our Department endeavours to be a leading Department of academic excellence that produces transformative and integrative teaching, research, healthcare and public service relevant to mental illness and well-being in local, African and global contexts. Read More

Pilot of training: University of the Free State

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As the MEGA app is continuing development, the training materials for nurses on mental health and health care are ready for testing and implementation. The test was carried out by UFS team in actual settings. The training was conducted in a boardroom of the Heidedal Community Health Centre (CHC) at the Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State province. Nevertheless, that the clinics are busy with their daily work, the training was prioritised, and one nurse and one social worker of the clinic were released for the pilot training for one full day. Read More

Meet the team – Stellenbosch University (SU)

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Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students as well as 3 000 permanent staff members on five campuses. The University is amongst South Africa’s leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. Read More

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Partner meeting at UFS

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The objective of the 3-year MEGA project is to develop an assessment tool to be used on smartphone to help treat mental health problems of children and adolescents and to introduce the tool in practice. The application will be designed to be as easy to use as possible, so that primary health care centers in rural areas benefit from it as well. The project will train the use of the application in universities, which in turn will train healthcare staff in South Africa and Zambia. The project also involves research activities: one doctoral dissertation and Master student theses. Read More

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Kick-off meeting in Pretoria

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The MEGA project was born in Riga in the autumn of 2015 during the European Conference of Mental Health. Mari Lahti and Heikki Ellilä, Principal Lecturers at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) participated in the conference arrangements and met a colleague from South Africa, Ronelle Jansen. Together they started to consider different opportunities for future project collaboration. Ronelle’s words, “even the poorest of the poor have a smartphone in Africa” stayed in their mind. In fact, they were the words that created the project. Read More