The PRIME South Africa team has achieved a milestone for task sharing of psychosocial interventions beyond the borders of South Africa.
On the morning of 15 September I flew from Kathmandu to Chitwan, the PRIME district implementation site in Nepal. I was accompanied by Nagendra Luitel, the PRIME Nepal Project Coordinator. Our plan was to visit health facilities where the PRIME district mental healthcare plan had been implemented, as well as facilities that have been involved in the scale up phase. We also wished to visit the PRIME research team, based at the TPO Nepal offices in Chitwan.
On 8 August 2016 the Rajya Sabha, India’s Council of States and the upper house of its parliament, made a decision that is to greatly impact mental health care in the country. The Mental Health Care Bill – 2013 was introduced on 19 August 2013 and just shy of three years later, it’s been passed by the Rajya Sabha.
PRIME’s two most recent research publications deals with perinatal mental disorders – a common public health problem, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
PRIME was recently featured on NDTV's programme Every Life Counts in a news clip zooming in on perinatal depression in India. A full feature will be aired in September.
Prof Crick Lund, Director of the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health and PRIME CEO, has received the prestigious TW Kambule Award from the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF).
PRIME findings, presented to world financial leaders, show how to narrow the enormous treatment gap for mental health care in low- and middle-income countries
Participants of the six-day Mental Health Management Program Workshop realized that the well-known adage “nothing succeeds like success” rings very true. Organised by the National Health Mission (NHM) and technically supported by Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME), the workshop took place at the district level in Madhya Pradesh.
Dr. Shidaye's presentation was titled "Improving Quality Within a Limited Budget: The experience of integrated mental and primary healthcare in India" and the Foundation for Integrated Care recently shared a video of his talk.
Early in November 2015, PRIME Ethiopia met with community members and the district administration in the Sodo district, where it is implementing the integration of mental health into primary health care. Known as the Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting, these meeting take place every six months with the main objective of evaluating the performance of implementing the district mental health care plan since the previous CAB meeting, discussing the challenges encountered, and agreeing on the agenda for the following 6 months.
PRIME has made good progress in the first half of the 5th grant year. The country teams have continued to implement the PRIME Mental Healthcare Plans (MHCPs) in all five PRIME districts as well as conduct the evaluation of implementation using the four main study designs.