Professor Swaran Singh and his team from Warwick Medical School are working to improve the health, wellbeing and functioning of psychosis sufferers in India. The NIHR Global Health Research Unit has awarded the project £1.5 million which has enabled our academics to focus their research on some of the global challenges our world faces today.
The grants are part of the Department of Health’s wider Official Developmental Assistance budget, the aim of which is to improve the health of patients and public in low and middle-income countries.
The researchers are working with partners in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi; Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) Chennai, and Douglas Hospital, McGill University Montreal. In India psychosis is a leading cause of disability and affects between seven and eight million people. In the absence of adequate treatment and support many of them languish in long stay hospitals for years in appalling conditions or drift into homelessness and destitution. The research award aims to identify sufferers early and ensure that they regain their health and wellbeing.
The three-year project will lead to evidence-informed interventions relevant to India, such as culturally appropriate interventions for families, raising standards of care, and using digital technologies to overcome infrastructure problems.