The overall project is organized around four main entities: The executive committee of the research consortium, the leadership teams of the individual work packages, the international scientific advisory board, and the institutional supervisory board. The agreed roles and responsibilities and composition of each of these entities are as follows:
- Executive committee of the research consortium. The executive committee of the research consortium coordinates all research and management activities of the project. It consists of the responsible grantee, all other grantees, the members of the Swiss research team (Gabriela Flores, Owen O’Donnell and Fabrice Kämpfen) and three international advisors (Jinkook Lee, Hans-Peter Kohler and Daniel Bennett).
- Leadership teams of the individual work packages. Day-to-day research and project management activities at the work package level are coordinated by the work package leadership teams. The leadership teams of each work package consist of one grantee, one researchers from the country and Swiss teams and international advisors. The initial work package leadership teams are constituted as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Chronic diseases, healthcare use and disability in Malawi: Abdul Chilungo, Hans-Peter Kohler, Iliana Kohler, Jürgen Maurer and James Mkandawire
- Chronic disease, healthcare use, financial protection and disability in the Philippines: Joseph Capuno, Aleli Kraft, Owen O’Donnell, Ellen van de Poel and Stella Quimbo
- Chronic disease, healthcare use, financial protection and disability in Sri Lanka: Gabriela Flores, Owen O’Donnell, Ravindra Rannan-Eliya and Nilmini Wijemanne
- Visual impairment, assistive technology and disability in India: Perianayagam Arokiasamy, David Bloom, Jinkook Lee, Jürgen Maurer and Sanjay Mohanty
- Mental health and disability in India: Manuela Angelucci, Daniel Bennett, Fabrice Kämpfen, Shannon Maloney, and Shoba Raja.
- International scientific advisory board. The scientific advisory board consists of international researchers with expertise relevant to the overall research project and its work packages. It provides advice to the executive committee and the work package leadership teams as requested.
The proposed project will collect unique longitudinal data in 4 different countries: Malawi, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. Some of the partners involved in the project are based in the USA and in the Netherlands.