PRIME Ethiopia recently held a community advisory board meeting in Ethiopia's Sodo district. Many delegates from across the Sodo District attended the event. Officials from the Federal Ministry of Health as well as the zonal and district health office were present.
The PRIME Nepal team recently undertook training of 40 health workers working as Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and Staff Nurses at the antenatal and postnatal clinics in 20 health facilities in the country.
PRIME members came together in February for the seventh annual meeting in Durban, South Africa.
Professor Vikram Patel, one of PRIME's research directors, has been appointed as a commissioner on the WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases.
PRIME Uganda commemorated this year's World Mental Health Day with activities in the Jinja district.
Slowly but surely, PRIME's evidence-based research is making its way into our study countries' policies. Most recently, PRIME's model of community-based mental healthcare influenced Nepal's "Community Mental Health Care Package."
On 9 and 10 October 2017 PRIME's CEO, Prof Crick Lund, attended the annual WHO mhGAP Forum in Geneva.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that an urgent overhaul of global mental healthcare is required to address the emerging depression epidemic. The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of people living with depression increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015 and that depression is the biggest cause of disability worldwide. More than 80% of this disease burden is found among people living in low- and middle-income countries.
Catering to the healthcare needs of roughly 400 000 people in the Sehore district in Madhya Pradesh, India, the the Ashta civil hospital served as one of the scale-up sites for PRIME's mental health care plan. Dr Pravir Gupta, a block medical officer at Ashta, shared his experience with this PRIME intervention.
We are excited to announce that DFID has awarded us additional funding to continue PRIME for an additional two years. This is in line with the growing global consensus and commitment to addressing mental health as a priority health and development policy issue such as the adoption of 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Mental Health Action Plan and the inclusion of mental health targets in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.
PRIME's sixth annual meeting was an exciting event as the teams worked together to plan it's activities for the research programme's two-year extension. One of the highlights of the meeting was a two-day writing workshop which allowed time for partners to meet, look at data from the PRIME research studies and discuss plans for publications.
Carrie Brooke-Sumner, the first PRIME PhD candidate to graduate's PhD focused on developing a community-based psychosocial rehabilitation programme for people with schizophrenia in the North West province of South Africa as part of PRIME.