PM+ team meeting and visit to the implementation site
On 26 and 27 April 2018, the team of Problem Management Plus (PM+) project came together for the review of pilot trial being implemented at Sindhuli district and planning of the Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (c-RCT) to be implemented at Morang district. The meeting was held at Hotel Tibet, Kathmandu The team consisted of representatives from World Health Organization and TPO Nepal.
Problem Management Plus (PM+) is a brief 5-session trans-diagnostic psychological WHO intervention with strategies that can be delivered by non-specialist lay-providers to adults in distress. It is currently being implemented at Sindhuli district by TPO Nepal in collaboration with George Washington University and Duke University, which is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The first day of the meeting focused on review of project experiences, findings, challenges and lessons learnt at Sindhuli which was presented by the TPO Nepal team, while the second day focused on discussion and planning of the second phase of the project.
WHO (World Health Organization) Group PM+ colleagues and TPO PM+ staff also visited the field to gain firsthand on-the-ground experience and perspective on April 27th and 28th, 2018. The team spent two days after the Kathmandu meetings in Sindhuli district. The Research Assistants (RAs) and Community Psychosocial Workers (CPSWs) in Ranibas and Harsai VDCs met with our WHO colleagues and spent a few hours sharing their experiences working on the field level. They shared the challenges they faced when conducting community sensitization events, screening, baseline, and follow-up. Some of the main challenges they faced were stigma towards mental health from community members, and the lack of medications and services at the health posts. The CPSWs and RAs also spent some informal time drinking tea with the WHO colleagues and other TPO staff present at the field visit