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

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Erica Breuer, Charlotte Hanlon, Arvin Bhana, Dan Chisholm, Mary De Silva, Abebaw Fekadu, Simone Honikman, Mark Jordans, Tasneem Kathree, Fred Kigozi, Nagendra Luitel, Maggie Marx, Girmay Medhin, Vaibhar Murhar, Sheila Ndyanabangi, Vikram Patel, Inge Petersen, Martin Prince, Shoba Raja, Sujit Rathod & 6 more Rahul Shidhaye, Joshua Ssebunnya, Graham Thornicroft, Mark Tomlinson, Tedla Wolde-Giorgis, Crick Lund

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Social Welfare
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2018


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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.

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