15 June 2022 Volume :10 Issue :27

Flying the UKZN Flag in Africa and Abroad

Flying the UKZN Flag in Africa and Abroad
Dr Gbotemi Babatunde has been admitted to the ACHIEVE Global Training Programme.Click here for isiZulu version

Postdoctoral Fellow at UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health, Dr Gbotemi Babatunde, has been admitted to the ACHIEVE Global Training Programme as a trainee in the inaugural 2022-2023 cohort.

ACHIEVE is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center’s flagship global research training projects titled: Launching Future Leaders in Global Health (LAUNCH) Research Training Programme. ACHIEVE stands for: Addressing the Research Capacity Gap in Global Child, Adolescent and Family Health Disparities Utilising Implementation and Data Sciences among Vulnerable Populations in Resource-limited Settings.

Babatunde has been invited to attend on-site and on-line training in the United States and at the Forum on Child and Adolescent Global Health Research and Capacity Building in Kampala and Masaka in Uganda as part of her grooming.

‘I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to network and learn from experts in child and adolescent mental health and implementation science research,’ said an elated Babatunde.

She is attending the online and on-site training sessions in Uganda this month after which she goes to the United States for a year and then on to a placement in sub-Saharan Africa or other Low or Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) participating in the programme.

She receives a monthly stipend and US$10 000 in research project seed funding, mentored research training in global health dissemination and implementation and data science research and experiential learning in research and methodologies, individualised consultation, and professional development, research and publication support.

Babatunde says she did not expect to get the award as she knew that many other experts had applied. ‘However, I am grateful I was selected for the South Africa site. My current research is focused on strengthening child and adolescent mental health systems and extending the Community Mental Health Education and Detection (CMED) tool to include child and adolescent mental health conditions.

The CMED tool provides psychoeducation and detection of possible mental health problems in adults,’ she said. ‘It was developed and evaluated by the Southern African Research Consortium for Mental Health INTegration (S-MhINT). We will extend the tool to include Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) conditions to promote mental health literacy and facilitate early identification and effective management at the community level to mitigate the lifelong impact of CAMH conditions.’

Babatunde has a Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology) from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, an honours degree (Psychology), a master’s degree cum laude in Health Promotion and a PhD in Public Health from UKZN.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Supplied

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