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.
The Directorate of Health Services (Government of Madhya Pradesh) and the PRIME India team commemorated World Mental Health Day at the Hotel Palash, Bhopal.
The PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) today publishes district mental healthcare plans from five low- and middle-income countries (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda) in a supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry, which is currently being launched at the WHO mhGAP Forum meeting in Geneva just before World Mental Health Day on the 10 October.
On 10 September, globally observed as World Suicide Prevention Day, the PRIME Nepal team set out on a rally in Chitwan. The team marched in support of this year’s theme: “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.”
This report describes a desk review started after the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes in Nepal. The main aim was to summarize existing information with regard to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Nepal.