The purpose of MHaPP is to develop, implement and evaluate mental health policy in poor countries. We are working to provide new knowledge regarding comprehensive multi-sectoral approaches to breaking the negative cycle of poverty and mental ill-health.
MHaPP is based in 4 African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
BBC Focus on Africa interviews PRIME's Dr Mary De Silva from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the state of mental health care in Africa
10 August 2012 - In commemoration of the life and work of the late Alan J Flisher in the field of public mental health, Dr Pamela Collins, Director for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health at the US-based National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), presented to a full audience on the disparities of mental health globally, and the important role for research in solving the global challenge. The audience, made up of supporters, colleagues, friends, family and former students of the late Dr Alan J Flisher, welcomed the presentation given from a funder’s perspective, and Dr Collin’s support for global mental health research.
Click above to watch a video of the full lecture [58min 39 sec].
08 August 2012 - As part of a major grant awarded by the US-based National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), collaborators and funders met in Cape Town for the first Annual Grantees Workshop during the week of 8 August 2012. The grants are awarded for research and capacity development to improve the delivery of cost-effective mental health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South Asia. Such a proactive initiative by the NIMH is timely in light of the extensive research published indicating the human resource challenges facing mental health, particularly in low-and-middle-income countries. The lack of trained mental health care specialists has had a negative impact on the delivery of mental health services, and motivated the calls for ‘task-shifting’ and the integration of mental health into primary health care. Such an approach will help to ensure that primary care providers (including doctors, nurses and community health workers) are able to deliver much-needed care for mental disorders in communities.
Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (0) 21 808 3461
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, UCT
Tel.: +27 (0) 21 685 0120
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