This summer has been a busy period for the ICHAD and SMART Africa Teams. The teams spent the month of June preparing to welcome the first cohort of Researcher Resiliency Training Fellows (RRT Fellows); making preparations for the 4th Annual Conference on Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa; and working on several funding opportunities to continue to expand on our work. In July, we hosted our first cohort of RRT Fellows on the Washington University Campus and in our field office sites in Masaka, Uganda. Also in July, we hosted one of our largest annual conferences on Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa yet, with a Keynote Address by Her Royal Highness, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda, the Queen of Buganda. The conference was attended by over 450 participants from over a dozen countries across the globe; 40 guest speakers, including representatives from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Washington University, policymakers from the Ugandan central government, and students/Junior Scholars from over 12 universities and 48 local high schools. In August, ICHAD and SMART Africa, together with the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical School, received funding for a new training program Training LEADers to Accelerate Global Mental Health Disparities Research, funded under the NIH T37 mechanism. ICHAD and SMART Africa also received two new NIH-funded supplements for our existing studies: A cost-effectiveness component to SMART Africa; and a qualitative component to Suubi4Her. Moreover, during the same period, we continued with our field work across all our funded studies aimed at supporting and improving the welfare of children, adolescents, and families in low resource settings. Indeed, it has been a busy summer, and we hope for even a busier fall, as we continue to invest in our children’s future.
ICHAD and SMART Africa Teams