Ethiopia hosts 3rd Annual Meeting of international mental health research programme

15 May 2014 - 12:00

PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) is a research initiative established to design ways to integrate mental health care services into primary health care (PHC).

In this Programme, 5 countries’ (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda) health ministries and research institutions are involved. Since its establishment in 2011, the programme has attempted to address:

• How to integrate mental health services into primary health care

• Human capacity development for mental health care

• To ensure that the community benefits from the mental health research activities

• To ensure that women and vulnerable groups have access to mental health care

This year, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Addis Ababa University, will be hosting the 3rd PRIME Meeting (15-20 April 2013) to review mental health care plans, and implementation progress of Ethiopia, and other PRIME countries. The meeting will also include capacity building workshops on Gender and Academic Writing skills, which will be attending by many of the participants. 

Research indicates that more than 13% of the global burden of disease is due to mental illness. Although the vast majority of people affected by mental illness live in low-and middle-income countries, most mental health care resources are located in high income countries. This lack of resources for effective treatment has contributed to a large ‘treatment gap’, i.e. up to 4 out of every 5 people with mental illness in LMIC go without mental health care. Ethiopia has developed the first national mental health strategy late last year.

Therefore, this international mental health research initiative contributes to the implementation of the national mental health strategy, as it focuses on ways to integrate mental health into primary care settings.

Issued by PRIME Ethiopia