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Psychosis Recovery Orientation in Malawi by Improving Services and Engagement (PROMISE)

Funded by Wellcome, PROMISE works with people with psychosis, their carers and the local community to develop psychosis detection & management systems and determine impact.


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Summary (Research in a nutshell)

Most people with mental health problems in Malawi tend to consult traditional or religious healers. Knowledge and understanding of psychosis is limited, and services have limited capacity.

PROMISE is a longitudinal study that aims to build on existing services to develop sustainable psychosis detection systems and management pathways to promote recovery.

PROMISE seeks to understand perspectives of ‘psychosis’ among People With Lived Experience (PWLE), caregivers and health-worker ‘stakeholders’ in Malawi and how these influence help-seeking.

PROMISE Team Photo 2023
PROMISE Team Photo 2023

Team members

Social Science

Lucinda Manda-Taylor


  Anthony Sefasi www.researchgate.net/profile/Anthony-Sefasi
  Eric Umar www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric-Umar
Psychiatry Saulos Gondwe www.researchgate.net/profile/Saulos-Gondwe
  Kazione Kulisewa www.researchgate.net/profile/Kazione-Kulisewa
  Olive Liwimbi www.semanticscholar.org/author/Olive-Liwimbi/12589579
Ministry of Health Michael Udedi www.health.gov.mw
Research Assistants Action Amos www.ethical-global-research.ed.ac.uk/index.php/about-project/team-profiles/action-amos
  Kate Chidzalo www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/Kate-Chidzalo
  Dennis Chasweka www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/Dennis-Chasweka
  Demoubly Kokota www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/persons/demoubly-kokota
  Wakumanya Sibande www.researchgate.net/profile/Wakumanya-Sibande
Social science Sumeet Jain www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/sumeet-jain
  Angus MacBeth www.ed.ac.uk/profile/angus-macbeth
  Martyn Pickersgill www.ed.ac.uk/usher/biomedicine-self-society/our-people/martyn-pickersgill
Psychiatry Judith Allardyce www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-brain-sciences/people/ccbs-principal-investigators
  Stephen Lawrie www.ed.ac.uk/profile/professor-stephen-lawrie
  Robert Stewart www.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-robert-c-stewart
Psychiatry Charlotte Hanlon


Health economics Annette Bauer www.lse.ac.uk/cpec/people/annette-bauer
  Martin Knapp www.lse.ac.uk/health-policy/people/professor-martin-knapp
Newcastle, Australia    
Theory of Change & Implementation science Erica Breuer www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/erica-breuer

The PROMISE team would like to acknowledge the vital contribution of Prof Kirsty Forsyth in helping to secure Wellcome funding and setting us out on the right track



Claire Parker, PROMISE Administrator claire.parker@ed.ac.uk


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Funded by Wellcome




April 2022 – June 2027

PROMISE Group members at 2023 Launch meeting, Edinburgh
PROMISE Group members at 2023 Launch meeting, Edinburgh
PROMISE Group members at April 2022 Launch meeting, Malawi
PROMISE Group members at April 2022 Launch meeting, Malawi