During a period of three days (10.04.2018 – 12.04.2018) Erasmus+ KA2 capacity building in higher education project “MEGA” (Building capacity by implementing mhGAP mobile intervention in SADC countries) consortium partners met for a working session in Bloemfontein, South Africa, hosted by University of the Free State. During the meeting, RTU was represented by a team of five people who addressed administrative, mobile application development-related and content-based issues of the project implementation. As the project is reaching its first milestones (functional framework of the mobile application, precise dissemination and quality measures, protocol for research in South Africa and Zambia), it was important to agree upon the next steps of the project as well as the roles and responsibilities of all partners. Meeting was attended by Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), HTW Hamburg (Germany), Riga Technical University (Latvia), University of Zambia (Zambia), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of the Free State (South Africa) and University of Cape Town (South Africa).
In addition to the scheduled working sessions, Riga Technical University team members visited local healthcare institutions and conducted expert interviews with a local psychiatrist, ICT staff and primary healthcare workers. These activities allowed to summarize and conceptualize the framework of the mental health mobile phone application to be developed within the project.
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