PRIME: Programme for Improving Mental Health Care
PRIME is a consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health in five countries in Asia and Africa (India, Nepal, Ethiopia, South Africa & Uganda). The goal of PRIME is to generate world-class research evidence on the implementation and scale up of treatment programmes for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care in low resource settings. In July 2013, the Department of Health in South Africa adopted its new national Mental Health Policy and Action plan, for which PRIME provided inputs through the national technical advisory committee for mental health. In Nepal, PRIME training has been incorporated into the National Health Training Center curriculum. In Uganda, work continues with the Ministry of Health and World Vision Australia to scale up mental health services in two additional districts. PRIME has been asked to contribute to state level planning for mental health in Madya Pradesh, India.
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