PRIME presents findings around the world

11 Oct 2018 - 12:30

Prasansa Limbu at the Marc√© Society Conference in BangaloreMany of PRIME's researchers attended and presented at the Marcé Society Conference on maternal mental health in Bangalore during the month of September.

PRIME South Africa - led by Prof Inge Petersen from the University of KwaZulu-Natal - presented their findings to the South African Department of Health's Ministerial Advisory Committee on mental health in September as well. Prof Petersen presented their findings on integrating mental health into chronic disease care. Prof Bhana spoke about and circulated materials detailing the validation of PRIME SA's Brief Mental Health Screening Tool and Ms Gugu Gigaba presented how the PRIME model in South Africa is being scaled up through the Mental health Integration project.

Another PRIME PhD graduate, Dr Carrie Brooke-Sumner, was a keynote speaker at this year's Rural Health Conference in South Africa in September. She spoke on "Delivering on mental health policy: priorities for intersectoral action for psychosocial rehabilitation service."

Crcik Lund and Kebede Tirfessa

PRIME research was also presented at the World Psychiatric Association Regional Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 21 to 23 November. Dr Charlotte Hanlon presented an overview of PRIME's research methods and Dr Ruwayda Pretorius (PRIME South Africa), Dr Juliet Nakku (PRIME Uganda) and Medhin Selamu (PRIME Ethiopia) presented on findings from their respective countries. Prof Crick Lund chaired the session.

Prof Lund further presented a keynote on "Funding, Innovation, Collaboration Systems (FICS): Key ingredients for Integrating Mental Health into Low resource Primary Care Settings in Sub-saharan Africa."

Additionally, Kebede Tirfessa, a PRIME PhD student, also delivered a poster presentation on the "Impact of integrated mental healthcare on food insecurity on households of people with severe mental disorders in a rural Ethiopian district" at the conference.