The NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (the RUHF) seeks to identify sources of resilience within formal health systems and local community processes to facilitate effective provision for health priorities - particularly mental health and non-communicable disease (NCDs) - in situations of fragility.

The unit is directed by a Programme Management Group comprising Unit Director, Professor Alastair Ager, Unit Deputy Director, Professor Sophie Witter and AUB and COMAHS Research Leads, Professor Shadi Saleh, Dr Haja Wurie and Dr Mohamad Samai, respectively. We are advised by a Strategy Advisory Group (comprising senior academics, policymakers, providers and service users) with represention from global technical networks including the Global Clinical Practice Network of the Global Mental Health Program (through Dr Kathy Pike, Columbia University), the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (through Dr Margriet Blaauw) and the UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Conditions in Africa (through Prof Ama de-Graft Aikins, University of Ghana).


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