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Adolescent health

The MRC is committed to improving adolescent health in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Since 2015 the MRC has led a programme of funding to support applied research for the improvement of adolescent health in LMIC settings. This programme supports world-class and cutting-edge research addressing the specific health needs of adolescents.

Adolescence is a unique time in the life-course. There are many opportunities to better tailor existing health improvement strategies and to develop new strategies to serve the needs of specific adolescent groups. By improving health at this crucial stage there is potential to influence adolescents’ long-term health and that of their future children.

We support research from principal investigators based in LMICs and UK research organisations. When supporting principal investigators based in the UK there must be clear partnership with, and scientific leadership from, co-investigators based in the LMIC(s) where the project will take place.

Our first call focused on implementation research for improved adolescent health in low and middle-income countries. This call was run in partnership with the Department for International Development with a budget of £3 million. Five awards were made, details of which can be found below.

Our second call had a broader focus looking at applied research to improve adolescent health in low and middle income settings. The call was run in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research and the Department for International Development with a budget of £8 million. Nine awards were made, details of which can be found below.

Our third and most recent call had a broader focus still and encouraged more interdisciplinary applied research to improve adolescent health in low and middle income settings. The Economic and Social Research Council joined the National Institute for Health Research and the Department for International Development, and a total budget of £4 million was available. Information regarding awards made for this round will be published on this page when available.

Previous awards

MRC/DFID Call for Implementation research for improved adolescent health in low and middle-income countries

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/P010849/1

Dawn Edge and Rachel Calam

The University of Manchester

PRO-YOUTH TRIAL: Protecting Youth from Interpersonal Violence via Implementation of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 in Panama

MR/P011268/1

Rashida Ferrand

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Improving HIV testing and care for adolescents in Zimbabwe: A targeted, community-based approach

MR/P011446/1

Monika Arora

Public Health Foundation of India

Evaluating the implementation of the Peer Educator Intervention for improving adolescent health in India's National Adolescent Health Programme

MR/P011454/1

Ernestina Coast

London School of Economics & Political Science

Improving adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in sub-Saharan Africa: health system pathways

MR/P012485/1

Frances Cowan

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The Friendship Bench for adolescents: evaluating strategies for scaling interventions to treat common mental disorders among adolescents in Zimbabwe

           

MRC/DFID/NIHR Call for research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R020434/1

Kelly Clarke

University College London

Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and anxiety among adolescents in rural Nepal: a feasibility and pilot study

MR/R022151/1

Penny Bee

The University of Manchester

Improving Mental Health Literacy Among Young People aged 12-15 years in Indonesia: IMPeTUs

MR/R022186/1

Amelia Crampin

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

NoToNa: Tackling cardiovascular risk in the adolescent life-course through a schools' salt-reduction intervention in sub-Saharan Africa

MR/R022194/1

Belen Torondel Lopez

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Puberty health interventions to improve menstrual health and School attendance among Gambian adolescents (MEGAMBO).

MR/R022208/1

Karen Devries

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Good School Toolkit-Secondary Schools Pilot Trial

MR/R022216/1

Helen Ayles

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

YATHU YATHU ("For us by us"): A Cluster Randomised Trial of community-based SRH and HIV services for adolescents and young people in Zambia

MR/R022410/1

Atif Rahman

University of Liverpool

Cultural adaptation and randomised evaluation of a multi-component school- based intervention for common mental disorders in Pakistani adolescents

MR/R022372/1

Lucie Cluver

University of Oxford

FROM STOP TO GO! OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO HEALTHCARE UTILISATION FOR HIGH-RISK ADOLESCENT MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.

MR/R022461/1

Nusrat Husain

The University of Manchester

A YOUTH CULTURALLY ADAPTED MANUAL ASSISTED PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY (Y-CMAP) FOR ADOLESCENT PAKISTANI PATIENTS WITH A RECENT HISTORY OF SELF-HARM.

 

Third call for research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings

Information of successful projects will be made available once awards have been made.