Mental Health Integration in Ramechhap district of Nepal (MHIRa)
Background: TPO Nepal had worked in Ramechhap district in previous years 2015-2016, where 35 prescribers and 29 non-prescribers had been trained on psychosocial support. Additionally, around 500 individuals received psychosocial counselling services. Through the work experience in Ramechhap district, it was found that there were high number cases requiring continuous psychosocial support, but due to the project phase out the work could not be continued.
This project aimed to continue psychosocial support in Ramechhap district. The project followed Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency setting and WHO’s mhGAP which advocates for a multi-sector response to address the mental health and psychosocial consequences.
Objectives: To integrate mental health and psychosocial services in the primary health care system. To improve availability of mental health treatment and case management with in the primary healthcare setting, and to increase access of mental health and psychosocial services in community.
Target group: Community people
Implementation area: 23 health facilities of Manthali municipality and Khadadevi rural municipality of Ramechhap district
Major Achievements: Under this project, 23 medical officers and health assistants were trained on mental health trainings, 23 nursing staffs were trained on mental health and psychosocial support along with various other service providers being trained and oriented in mental health, psychosocial well being and the referral mechanism.
Likewise, 2661 community people were sensitized with 24 different episodes on mental health and psychosocial well-being was broadcasted in radio along with 5000 IEC material being distributed. Lastly, 337 community people received focused counseling through psychosocial counselors, 137 from nursing staffs and 613 from CPSWs.
Project Duration : 15th December 2017 to 31st August 2019
Supported by: Americares