Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

Research Capacity for Mental Health in Africa Mapped

Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

Research Capacity for Mental Health in Africa Mapped

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From 1993 to 2004 Africa contributed 1 089 mental health research articles indexed in either Medline or PsycINFO, out of 6 813 articles identified from the world's low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Of the 52 countries in Africa, 21 contributed no articles and 15 countries contributed 5 or fewer articles.

Conversely South Africa was one of the leading contributors, and along with Argentina, Brazil, China and India, the 5 countries together accounted for almost two-thirds of all the articles.

These are among the findings of a new study, 'Research capacity for mental health in low- and middle-income countries: Results of a mapping project', undertaken by the Mental Health Research Mapping Project Group of the WHO and the Global Forum for Health Research.

The aim of the project was to assess the current status of mental health research in the 114 low- and middle-income countries in these regions. In addition 3 598 non-indexed articles were identified from sources other than Medline/PsycINFO (so-called 'grey literature'), of which 534 were from Africa.

The findings indicate notable variations in mental health research production within and across all regions. Nevertheless there was agreement among researchers and other mental health stakeholders, and across the regions, regarding priorities for mental health research in these countries. …

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