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North East England South Asia Mental health Alliance (NEESAMA): An exemplar of global north and global south collaboration to improve research, training and service delivery in mental healthcare

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jacqueline Rodgers, Dr Aditya SharmaORCiD



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Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Despite the worldwide burden of mental illness and recent interest in global approaches to address this, progress on increasing awareness, lessening stigma, reducing the treatment gap, and improving research and training in mental health has been slow. In 2018, the North East England South Asia Mental health Alliance (NEESAMA) was developed as a collaboration between high-income (global north) and low- to middle-income (global south) countries to address this slow progress. This paper outlines how the joint priority areas for research, training and service delivery were identified across the life course (child and adolescent, adults and older people) between partner organisations spanning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK. It describes the progress to date and proposes a way forward for similar alliances to be forged.

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Author(s): Devgun M, Kittridge C, Seshadri S, Rodgers J, Sharma AN

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: BJPsych International

Year: 2023

Volume: 20

Issue: 4

Pages: 92-95

Online publication date: 17/07/2023

Acceptance date: 18/06/2023

ISSN (print): 2056-4740

ISSN (electronic): 2058-6264

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1192/bji.2023.22