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Dr Abdul Jawo-Bah

FJSS Group is delighted to have on the board Dr Abdulai Jawo as director of mental health services projects. Dr Bah is a dedicated postdoctoral fellow specializing in global mental health with a profound commitment to advancing culturally sensitive and responsive mental health care and promoting well-being among vulnerable populations worldwide. His research interests revolve around understanding the social determinants of mental health in diverse communities, as well as implementing evidence-based interventions to narrow the treatment gap through a diversity, inclusion, and equity framework. Dr Bah worked as a local consultant in pharmacovigilance for WHO in Sierra Leone in 2009 and did a fellowship as part of the REBUILD project at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in 2017, focusing on health systems strengthening in Liberia, DR Congo, and Sierra Leone. He is currently a facilitator on the WHO Structured Operational Research and Training Initiatives (SORT IT) that supports developing countries and institutions to conduct operational research around their own priorities, build sustainable operational research capacity, and make evidence-informed decisions for improving programme performance.

With a doctoral degree in Global Mental Health from Queen Margaret University funded by the National Institute of Health and Research (NIHR), Dr. Bah has acquired a robust foundation in research using mixed-methods. His doctoral dissertation used the Design, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DIME) model developed by researchers at John Hopkins University to design a culturally appropriate community-based care model for perinatal psychological distress in Sierra Leone. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Bah collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to design and implement innovative mental health programs in resource-limited settings. He is actively involved in the study of the intergenerational transmission of trauma among former child soldiers and how it impacts parent-child dyadic synchrony. He continues to advocate for increased investment in mental health services and policies that prioritize mental health on a global scale.

Board Member, FJSS Group