Launch of SUCCEED Africa! Inclusive mental health research & care

Launch of SUCCEED Africa! Inclusive mental health research & care


People with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities have a range of concerns that are not always addressed by health services alone. SUCCEED Africa is an international research consortium taking a bottom-up approach to investigate “What Works” for people with psychosis in their communities. SUCCEED Africa builds on principles of co-production and South-South partnership to establish regional centres of excellence in research and policy on psychosocial disabilities, focusing on schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and other psychotic conditions. SUCCEED will fundamentally change how research on psychosocial disabilities is conducted in low- and middle-income countries. In the process, SUCCEED Africa will develop local centres of excellence in co-production in Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.


This webinar included a team of researchers from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing at the University of Malawi, University of Ibadan, University of Makeni and University of Zimbabwe including peer researchers and representatives from WHO and FCDO. We gathered to launch the SUCCEED programme of "SUpport, Comprehensive Care and EmpowErment for people with psychosocial Disability in Africa". This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies. This was an opportunity to hear what SUCCEED will involve, why the emphasis on co-production and CBR matters, and how it will transform mental health research in sub-Saharan Africa.

There was a Q&A at the end where questions were asked of the whole team.


  • Prof Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Prof Tom Shakespeare (LSHTM)
  • Anthony Sefasi (University of Malawi)
  • Yinka Aturu (Peer Researcher, Nigeria)
  • Grace Ryan (LSHTM)
  • Lloyd Dzapasi, Zimbabwe
  • Dr Florence Baingana (WHO AFRO)
  • Dr Dixon Chibanda (LSHTM and University of Zimbabwe)
  • Dr Julian Eaton (LSHTM)


Health promotion
Empowerment and service user involvement
Policy and legislation
Task sharing
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Primary care