Meena Daivadanam

Affiliated to research

Research description

1. SMART2D: A people-centred approach through Self-Management and Reciprocal learning for the prevention and management of Type-2-Diabetes. Funded by EC Horizon 2020; Period: 2015-2019.

SMART2D is a 4-yr collaborative project and we are a consortium of six partners: Makerere University school of Public Health, Uganda; University of Western Cape School of Public Health, South Africa; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; Collaborative Care Systems Finland; Uppsala University; and Karolinska Institutet (coordinating institute). Our overall objective is to strengthen capacity for type-2-diabetes care through a contextually appropriate self-management approach with integrated health facility and community components. In addition to evaluating the outcome of the self-management approach, we aim to assess the added benefit of the community component compared to the health facility component. We also aim to facilitate reciprocal learning across sites and translate the research findings into relevant input for national and international guidelines and policies. In Sweden, SMART2D has partnered with Stockholm läns landsting through the 4D project and is actively establishing connections with the primary care centres (vårdcentral) and medborgarkontor of selected municipalities within Stockholm län, where we are currently working towards the implementation of our intervention.

2. Innovating health systems and healthcare delivery in rural Uganda: towards building critical capacity to tackle the rising Type 2 Diabetes challenge. Funded by Sida; Period: 2015-2020.

The is a capacity building programme to enhance and build critical capacity for chronic care, through education, doctoral and post-doctoral level, and research evidence generation, within an overall research framework to innovate and strengthen health systems. This will be carried out through a team of supervisors from Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology; and Karolinska Institutet partners (includes Uppsala University). Considering the challenges associated with the prevention and management of chronic non-communicable diseases, this capacity building programme will be embedded within a research framework that will strenghthen both community and facility capacity for chronic care, using Type 2 Diabetes as an example.

3. Public Health Interventions: Community-based dietary behaviour change for reduction of non-communicable disease risk factors. Partially funded through Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (External cooperation window, lot 13) for doctoral studies. Period: 2009-2013.