Recently HealthNet TPO joined two new consortia, which now makes us a partner in three international research consortia; PRIME, EMERALD and mhBF. The aim is to develop and research feasible and effective strategies for the integration of mental health into community and primary health care.
The consortia HealthNet TPO participates in, are aimed at scaling up a mental health care package, also in the fragile contexts HealthNet TPO is active. PRIME is a 6-year DFID funded “Program for improving mental health care” (PRIME, www.prime.uct.ac.za), we have been a partner in the consortium since May 2011. In December 2012 we also joined the EMERALD consortium. This is a 5-year EU funded “Emerging mental health system in low- and middle income countries program” (EMERALD). Recently we became a partner in the mhBF consortium; a 3-year “Mental health beyond facilities program” (mhBF) funded by Grand Challenges Canada.
The research programs will study whether access to, and coverage of, mental health care can be increased, whether primary health care based treatment is cost-effective, and whether community-based components of care can be integrated in a feasible delivery framework. HealthNet TPO, alongside many academic and NGO partners around the world, will try to answer these and many other questions over the next years, in order to improve the health and functioning of people with mental disorders. As HealthNet TPO is implementing these programs in one country, Nepal, it provides with unique opportunity to contribute to this process globally.
Women in Nepal, the country where we implement the research activities