Madhya Pradesh is situated in the central part of India and has a population of 72.5 million, which accounts for 6% of the total population of India. Madhya Pradesh was selected because it was a priority state for UK Aid on the grounds of its poor general health indicators. Sehore district, which lies in the south-west direction of the state capital, Bhopal, has a population of 1.3 million that is predominantly rural (81%) and covers an area of 6578 km2.
Sehore district was selected because it is one of the districts where the District Mental Health Plan has already been implemented and therefore the infrastructure to develop, implement and scale up the Mental Health Care Plan was already in place.
For more information, read Development and piloting of a plan for integrating mental health in primary care in Sehore district, Madhya Pradesh, India published in a special supplement on PRIME in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
|Dr Rahul Shidhaye
Public Health Foundation of India
|Dr Sanjay Shrivastava
|Dr KK Thassu
Ministry of Health, India