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About the Conference

Millions of African youth face daily challenges, including bereavement due to loss of parents to AIDS, extreme poverty, conflict, displacement, illness, or physical and sexual victimization, all of which can contribute to poor behavioral health. In many African countries, the development and scale-up of evidence-based behavioral health services for children and youth needs greater attention.

To address this need, this inaugural conference brought together policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and community members to begin to collaboratively develop and ultimately test theoretically informed, culturally appropriate, evidence-based and youth- and family-focused service models. This event also launched the Global Behavioral Health Fellowship program for new investigators and Ph.D. candidates committed to behavioral health research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows have been paired with a senior scholar to collaborate on conference-related research publications.

Conference organizers originate from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and the U.S.

Speaker Presentations

Sub-Saharan Launch of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health

Effectiveness, Implementation, and Scaling-Up of Mental
Health EBPs for Children


Download the complete conference program.