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PRIME - Programme for Improving Mental Health Care

The PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and is a six year programme.

The goal of PRIME is to generate world-class research evidence on the implementation and scaling up of treatment programmes for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care contexts in low resource settings.

PRIME is a consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health, led from the University of Cape Town, under the leadership of Prof Crick Lund, and working in five countries in Asia and Africa (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda), with partners in the UK, and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Dr Charlotte Hanlon, Senior Lecturer at the IoPPN is the cross-country research co-ordinator, and is is also part of the Ethiopia PRIME team, being Associate Professor at the University of Addis Ababa. 

In the Inception phase (Year 1), an integrated mental health care plan comprising packages of mental health care for delivery in primary health care and maternal health care was developed.

In the Implementation phase (Years 2-4), PRIME is evaluating the feasibility, acceptability and impact of the packages of care in primary health care and maternal health care.

In the Scaling Up phase (Years 3-6), PRIME is evaluating the scaling up of these packages of care at the level of administrative health units.

A list of publications can be find here.

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PRIME Annual mtg 20151
Prime Annual mtg 20152
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