Improving community support is the key to providing sufficient mental health care

To support this work, IHLFS funded a link between Zomba Mental Hospital and North Yorkshire and York NHS Community and Mental Health Services. The project has designed and delivered a 3-day training programme tailored to the cultural and service needs of 300 Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) from 12 health centres across Zomba District in southern Malawi.

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Training mental health workers in Pakistan

In order to address the lack of mental health services in Karachi, Civil Hospital formed a partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Under this link, the psychiatry department at Civil Hospital is training nurses at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, in various areas of mental health.

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Improving mental health in Uganda

East London NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust linked with Butabika Hospital, Kampala, Uganda to contribute to improving the mental health of Ugandans through enhancing the skills and competencies of the Psychiatric Clinical Officers (PCOs), both in rural and urban areas in Uganda, with a focus on promoting skilled management of aggression and violence in in-patient care.

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Integrating mental health into primary care in rural areas of Pakistan

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London linked with the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad in order to make mental health services accessible for rural communities and to increase general population awareness of mental health issues.

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Strengthening Community Mental Health Care in Malawi

A new Mental Health in Zomba Project seeks to strengthen the system of community mental health care and improve mental health care throughout Malawi by developing the enhanced role of Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs).

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