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Addressing the mental health needs of adolescents in Tanzania and Viet Nam through the co-creation of digital and non-digital solutions

Image credit:UNiTE circle painting exhibition organized with the Vietnam Youth Union, Vietnam Women’s Museum in Han Noi, November 2011. Credit: Krista Seddon / Flickr

Foundation Botnar has awarded ODI and our in-country partners — the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) and the Center of Research, Information and Services in Psychology (CRISP) at the Vietnam National University, University of Education, a 2.5-year project to address the mental health needs of adolescents in schools, in the community and at institutional level in Tanzania and Viet Nam through the co-creation and application of digital and non-digital approaches and technologies. The objectives of the project include:

  • Identifying drivers of mental ill-health amongst adolescents taking into account underlying social norms that may be driving mental distress.
  • Co-creating and designing digital technology solutions or applications and other approaches with adolescents, teachers and local authorities to support in enhancing the mental health and overall wellbeing of adolescents.
  • Reviewing and adapting the developed applications and approaches through mixed method baseline and end line study and ongoing feedback loops.
  • Documenting the effectiveness of the technology-based solutions tested by the project for mental health problems.

ODI staff

Our collaborators

  • Aparna Ananthakrishnan
  • Roshni Chakraborty
  • Georgia Plank
  • José Manuel Roche
  • Lucia Rost

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