project . 2017 - 2018 . Closed

GCRF: South Asia Self Harm research capability building initiative (SASHI)

UK Research and Innovation
Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: MR/P028144/1
Funded under: MRC Funder Contribution: 4,487,570 GBP
Status: Closed
30 Sep 2017 (Started) 31 Oct 2018 (Ended)

Our vision is to bring together a critical mass of international expertise and research excellence to build capability and capacity to conduct research on Deliberate Self Harm (DSH). Our main aim is to produce new and robust information to inform the understanding of the nature of DSH in the context of profound social, political and economic challenges in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) such as India and Pakistan. Research leaders are thinly spread in LMICs, which limits capability building and restricts capacity. There are serious gaps in knowledge about DSH in South Asia. We will meet these challenges in two ways: - firstly by conducting research - secondly by providing training. Research that is collaboratively designed, culturally appropriate and rigorously implemented is one of the best learning tools for building capability. A trained and skilled workforce will continue to build capability and capacity for research. In this partnership, capability building is reciprocal and sustainable. We will share knowledge across the partnership. The programme of work will include training in different areas such as research methods, systematic reviews, data analysis and research governance. PhD students will benefit from the training. We will design some of the training ourselves and bring in other experts to help. We will draw on the expertise of people with lived experience to develop our work programme. A lot of different academic disciplines are involved in the programme. We will work together and share our knowledge to support post doctoral researchers and PhD students who will become the research leaders of the future. Our research programme will develop new evidence and strengthen our understanding of DSH. We will carry out research using quantitative and qualitative methods. We will develop a flexible and trained research workforce in India and Pakistan to carry out fieldwork safely, efficiently and rigorously in challenging environments. We will work closely with Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) partners in Pakistan and India. We will share our findings widely with a range of stakeholders including the local community, international forums and in high impact scientific journals. Our work will inform the development of culturally relevant community and primary-care responses to DSH and suicide in LMIC. Our work will also inform the development of suicide prevention policies, including public health messages and measures. We will document and evaluate the development of the partnership and knowledge exchange processes, and disseminate the findings on conducting this work. Our three core datasets (household survey sample, stakeholder sample, and DSH Register) will help us to examine and describe DSH in local context, explore substantive areas of interest in rich detail, answer a number of research questions and inform policy development and community and health service responses. We will find out more about differences and similarities between India and Pakistan and the differences and similarities between South Asia and other regions of the world.

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