Staff and Partners

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet is the coordinating institution for the project. The project is led by the Principal Investigator, Meena Daivadanam, from the Health Systems and Policy research group at the Department of Public Health Sciences. As the coordinating organization, KI is responsible for the management of the research consortium. KI is also responsible for creating continuous policy dialogue with stakeholders, from beginning to end, to facilitate policy dialogues and improve access to and use of research evidence.

Staff Role
Meena Daivadanam Principal Investigator
Stefan Swartling Peterson Co-Investigator
Göran Tomson Investigator
Claes-Göran Östenson Investigator
Carl Johan Sundberg Investigator
Helle Mölsted-Alvesson Investigator
Janet Jeppsson Finance Officer
Dell Saulnier Research Assistant
Juliet Aweko PhD student

Makerere University

 The School of Public Health and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda is a partner in the project, led by Professor David Guwatudde. The Makerere team is responsible for the assessment of the added benefit of the facility + community strategy, and contributing to the implementation of the intervention protocol.

Staff Role
David Guwatudde Co-PI
Roy Mayega Investigator
Juliet Kiguli Investigator
Elizabeth Ekirapa Investigator
Francis Xavier Kasujja Project coordinator
Gloria Naggayi Field supervisor
Elizabeth Nambi Finance management support
Max Walusimbi Administrative support

University of the Western Cape

 The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa is the fourth partner, led by Professor Thandi Puoane. The South African partners are responsible for the realist synthesis of evidence and the formative studies on health and well-being that will create the setting for the intervention design.

Staff Role
Thandi Puoane Co-PI
David Sanders Investigator
Lungiswa Tsolekile Investigator
Peter Delobelle Project manager
Tiny Masupe Researcher
Mark Spires Project coordinator

Collaborative Care Systems Finland

Collaborative Care Systems Finland is led by Pilvikki Absetz, and is responsible for leading the design of the intervention program.

Staff Role
Pilvikki Absetz Co-PI

Prins Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine

Led by Professor Wim van Damme at the Department of Public Health, Prins Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, ITM will contribute to the project by developing lessons learnt across diseases and contexts that are relevant to the management of T2DM. 

Staff Role
Wim van Damme Co-PI
Josefien van Olmen Investigator
Bruno Marchal Investigator

Uppsala University

Uppsala University is the sixth partner, led by Meena Daivadanam, and will be responsible for the implementation of the experimental design. 

Staff Name
Meena Daivadanam Co-PI
Stefan Peterson Co-PI
Helena Elmståhl Investigator
Karin Törnblom Finance management support

3rd parties

Stockholm County Council (Sweden)

A number of organizations that are affiliated with the Stockholm County Council in Sweden will be working on the Swedish arm of the study. They are listed below.

4D Project

The 4D Project is an ongoing project run by the Stockholm County Council and Karolinska Institutet, that aims to better translate research into good health, and focuses on four diagnoses - arthritis, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure.

The work of the diabetes arm of the project (led by Claes-Göran Östenson), whose aim is to create a screening process for diabetes and pre-diabetes as well as a generic, standard process for diabetes care, has set the groundwork for the screening process of the SMART2D project. 

Transcultural Center

The Centre for Transcultural Medicine works with the Stockholm County Council to increase healthcare providers' knowledge of transcultural questions and to promote health and prevent illness among migrant groups in Sweden. They will be ensure that the context and meaning of the Swedish immigrant setting is appropriately captured.

Academic Health Centers

The Academic Health Centers (AHCs) are a network of eight primary care centers within Stockholm County Council focusing on primary care training, development and patient-oriented research. By working so far with the Jakobsberg, Huddinge-Flemingsberg, Rinkeby, Tensta, and Hässelby/Akalla AHCs, led by Erik Lucht, the SMART2D project can connect with the vulernable immigrant groups that the centers serve.

Other relevant links

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

The SMART2D project is a member of the GACD, and will contribute to the Alliance through the development of the community management strategies for the low-, middle-, and high-income settings, as well as taking part in their annual meetings, keeping our website up-to-date with our experiences, and contributing to the GACD Twitter feeds.

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