SAMRC / FORTE Joint Research Projects Announced

South Africa | The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)  is injecting in excess of R20 million - over three years - in 17 collaborative projects that will focus on key areas of healthcare, namely inequalities in health and health systems and health systems policies.

The funding for these projects is an initiative of the SAMRC and its Swedish counterpart, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE).  Both organisations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August 2015 to expand collaboration between South African and Swedish scientists in line with the intention of the governments’ of both countries to increase bilateral cooperation.

“Investing strategically in research and development across borders is imperative to grow the knowledge economy of any country.  We believe these projects will synergize and complement the expertise of both countries and improve health outcomes in the respective nations”, says SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray.  

There are three categories of project funding, namely category 1 and 2 grants are for three year joint projects and category 3 grants, which comprises a mobility grant in the first year to establish new collaborative partnerships and a 2-year project grant thereafter, if selected for funding through a competitive process.


Category 1 & 2 joint research projects:

SA PI Institution Swedish PI Institution Research project title
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Prof Anna Mia Ekström Karolinska Institutet Promoting institutional collaboration between Sweden and South Africa in the support of interventions that improve accessibility and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services, including services for HIV prevention and treatment, among men. 
Dr Liezel Cilliers University of Fort Hare Prof Sabine Koch Karolinska Institutet An evaluation of how the South African eHealth strategy can be supported through the use of an Electronic Health Record System
Prof Bongani Mayosi University of Cape Town Prof Philip Moons University of Gothenburg Resolving the role of healthcare system factors for care gaps in adolescents with complex chronic conditions: An international, multilevel study
Prof Relebohile Moletsane University of KwaZulu-Natal Prof Katja Gillander Gådin Mid Sweden University Intersections of rurality and gender in relation to violence against girls and young women: An urgent matter in relation to health inequalities in South Africa and Sweden
Dr Renée Street South African Medical Research Council A/Prof Torkel Falkenberg Karolinska Institutet Re-engineering the health system for South African traditional healthcare
Prof Anna-Lise Williamson University of Cape Town and National Health Laboratory Service Prof Ulf Gyllensten Uppsala University A study of the feasibility of the introduction of a Swedish HPV test for the management and prevention of cervical disease in the Eastern Cape

Category 3 projects:

Principal Investigator Institution Proposed research focus area
Dr Rosemary Chimbala-Kalenga Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Challenges of adherence to antiretroviral therapy among adolescents born with HIV in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
Prof Mona Eliasson Uppsala University Inequalities in health - Empowering interventions for women in the context of gender-based violence, HIV prevention and treatment - lessons to be learned from the M2M project in SA
A/Prof Penelope Engel-Hills Cape Peninsula University of Technology Inequality in health / Swedish Co-investigator: A.Prof Hilde Ibsen, Karlstad University
Prof Maria Jenmalm Linköping University Identification of fetal and neonatal immune predictors of comorbidities that occur in the first 2 years of life in Swedish and South African children / SA Co-investigator Prof Clive Gray, UCT
Prof Ilona Koupil Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet Life course approach to health equity studies: Child growth and development as an opportunity to reduce social inequalities in health
Prof Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg Karolinska Institutet Health systems and health systems policies / SA Co-investigator: Prof Sabiha Yusuf Essack, UKZN
A/Prof Peter J Nilsson Stockholm University The impact of Alcohol Availability on Inequalities in Children's Health: Evidence from Sweden and South Africa
Prof Per-Olof Östergren Lund University Inequalities in health / SA Co-investigator: Prof Hoosen Coovadia, UKZN
Dr Mokholelana M Ramukumba University of South Africa Effectiveness of Mobile health applications in primary health care
Prof Eunice Seekoe University of Fort Hare Health Systems and Health Systems Policies
Prof Linda Skaal University of Limpopo Strengthening Health Systems for Maternal & Child Care in Limpopo Province: A Multisectoral Approach
Release date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:44
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