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“If we can't measure what we're doing then we really don't know if it's working."

Dixon Chibanda


3 March 2021

Adolescents living with HIV have poor treatment outcomes, including lower rates of viral suppression, than other age groups. Emerging evidence suggests a connection between...


December 2018

Background: Suicidal ideation may lead to deliberate self-harm which increases the risk of death by suicide. Globally, the main cause of deliberate self-harm is depression. 


27 December 2016

Depression and anxiety are common mental disorders globally but are rarely recognized or treated in low-income settings. 


11 May 2016

‘Opening up the mind’: PST delivered by female LHW to improve access to evidence-based care for depression and other common mental disorders through the Friendship Bench Project in Zimbabwe

The objective of this study was to develop an indigenous measure of common mental...


23 May, 2015

In 2014 close to 10 million people living with HIV (PLWH) in sub-Saharan Africa were on highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). 


13 November 2007

The objective of this study was to develop an indigenous measure of common mental disorders (CMD) in the Shona language in Zimbabwe. 


22 April 2021

Adolescents and young people globally are highly vulnerable to poor mental health especially depression, and they account for 36% of new HIV infections in Eastern and Southern Africa...


27 May 2020

Background: There is a dearth of validated tools measuring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in low and middle-income countries in SSA....


December 2018

Background: There is a dearth of validated tools measuring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in low and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.


22 July 2016

Post‐traumatic stress disorder is pervasive in low‐ and middle‐income countries. There is evidence to suggest that post‐traumatic stress disorder


01 July, 2016

We validated three screening tools: the Shona Symptom Questionnaire for common mental disorders (SSQ-14), the Patient Health Questionnaire for depression (PHQ-


8 February 2021

There is growing evidence that lay health workers providing counselling is a feasible approach of addressing the universally large treatment gap for mental disorders


10 June 2019

This study investigated the experience of lay health workers (LHWs) delivering problem-solving therapy (PST) for CMD....


August 2017

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders (MNS) are a leading cause of disability in Africa. In response to the large treatment gap for MNS, a growing body of evidence-based treatments...


29 February, 2016

There is a paucity of data on how to deliver complex interventions that seek to reduce the treatment gap for mental disorders, 


07 March 2015

To assess the effectiveness of structured psychological interventions against common mental disorders (CMD) in people living...


Published 18/01/24

Effect of a brief psychological intervention for common mental disorders on HIV viral suppression: A non-randomised controlled study of the Friendship Bench in Zimbabwe



Published 16/08/23

Applying the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Optimize Implementation Strategies for the Friendship Bench Psychological Intervention in Zimbabwe



Published 17/01/22 
HeAlth System StrEngThening in four sub-Saharan African countries (ASSET) to achieve high-quality, evidence-informed surgical, maternal and newborn, and primary care: protocol for pre-implementation phase studies 


Published 18/03/22 

Barriers to the provision of non-communicable disease care in Zimbabwe: a qualitative study of primary health care nurses



Published 08/07/2022 
Adaptation of a Problem-solving Program (Friendship Bench) to Treat Common Mental Disorders Among People Living With HIV and AIDS and on Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Vietnam: Formative Study 


Published 08/2022 
A mixed-methods evaluation of Inuka, a Friendship Bench digital mental health intervention in the treatment of common mental health disorders in Zimbabwean adults in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: a feasibility and acceptability pilot study.  


Published 22/11/2022 
Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate the implementation of scaling-up the Friendship Bench in Zimbabwe – a quantitative observational study 

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