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India Passes New Mental Health Care Bill
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 - 12:00

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.

Recent PRIME publications focus on perinatal mental disorders
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 - 12:00

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).

News Clip: Depression After Childbirth a Silent Killer in India
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 - 12:00

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.

PRIME's Prof Crick Lund receives NSTF award for continuous research efforts
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 - 12:00

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).

Mental health care accessible for the first time to thousands of people living in poor and rural areas in low- and middle-income countries
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 - 12:00

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 

Workshop in India a great success
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 - 12:00

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. 

VIDEO: PRIME India's Dr Rahul Shidhaye Delivers Keynote Speech
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 - 12:00

Dr. Shidaye's presentation was titled "Improving Quality Within a Limited Budget: The experience of integrated mental and primary healthcare in India" and the  recently shared a video of his talk.

Community Engagement: PRIME Ethiopia share story of hope from a homeless patient
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 - 12:00

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.

Research Update as PRIME enters 5th grant year
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 - 12:00

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 Commemorates World Mental Health Day
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 - 12:00

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.

A State of Mind: Decades of mismanagement have hobbled India's mental health programme
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 - 12:00

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.

Ethiopian PhD students visit PRIME at UCT
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 - 12:00

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.