PRIME Presents at mhGAP

11 Oct 2018 - 12:30

Lancet Global Mental Health Commission

PRIME researchers attended the annual WHO mhGAP forum in Geneva on 11 to 12 October and shared findings and lessons in a range of sessions through the course of the two-day event.

On the first day of the event, Dr Rahul Shidaye from PRIME India presented PRIME as an example of scale up to a breakout group on universal health coverage.

On the second day Prof Crick Lund, PRIME CEO, presented Emerald, AFFIRM and PRIME as examples of mhGAP implementation efforts. At the same plenary session, Dr Charlotte Hanlon from PRIME Ethiopia and Joshua Ssebunya from PRIME Uganda presented the PRIME implementation in their respective countries as examples.

On the same day, Prof Mark Jordans from PRIME Nepal presented on the PRIME Nepal Community Informant Detection Tool (CIDT) to a breakout group focusing on a mhGAP community tools.

You can download an infographic about the CIDT here.

Adelina Comas Herrera from the London School of Economics' Personal Social Services Research Unit noted on Twitter that an important lesson learnt during the presentation was that "just training health workforce on mental health does not work" and that ongoing supervision, system strengthening, and continuous improvement is essential. Dr Pamela Collins, Director of Global Mental Health at the University of Washington, as also attended the event and tweeted that learning these lessons from multi-country experiences is valuable.

WHO also published its mhGAP Operations Manual to which PRIME made significant contributions.

You can access the manual here.