Supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences Global Challenges Networking Fund.
Professor Cathy Lloyd, The Open University
Professor David Ndetei, African Mental Health Research and Training Foundation (http://www.africamentalhealthfoundation.org/)
We have established the first consortium, the Community Intervention Network for Diabetes and Depression (CoIN-DD), to focus systematically on building evidence and community practice to tackle comorbidity between mental illness and diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Such comorbidity is increasing rapidly and presents a major challenge to SSA health care provision. Community-based interventions appear to be an efficacious response to this problem. However evidence to support this is still weak, especially in SSA. This research builds on our existing collaborations which have begun to examine the scope for inclusive and affordable community practice to tackle comorbid diabetes and depression. Our sustainable network of African and UK researchers will: