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.
PRIME Nepal in collaboration with the District Public Health Office (DPHO) marked this year's World Mental Health Day on October 10 2015 by organizing a friendly football tournament.
An event commemorating World Mental Health week opened at the WHO in Geneva this week. At a key session, the Disease Control Priorities project released its recommendations to governments to address the burden of mental disorders. This was timely for India, for few countries have witnessed so many high-profile debates related to mental health while ignoring the centrality of mental health in any of them.
Tesera Bitew and Kebede Tirfessa, both PhD candidates at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) received scholarships from their institution to visit the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) at the University of Cape Town to engage with supervisors and colleagues.