Integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in Primary Health Care Facilities and Community Setting in the Post-Earthquake Context of Dhading

MHPSS Project-Integration of Mental Health and Psycho social Support Services in Primary Health Care Facilities and Community Setting in the Post-Earthquake Context of Dhading
An overview The mega earthquake in Nepal on 25 April & 12 May 2015 has exacerbated the pre-existing mental health problems of those with ongoing and chronic mental illness, and no health facilities in the district offer specific mental health services; there has only been periodic psychosocial support provided by NGOs in collaboration with the local government. Dhading stands as one of the most mega earthquake affected districts in the country. DDRC Dhading (2015) has recorded 728 as a total dead (Certified), 3383 injured, 52 Government Houses Fully Destroyed, 87 Government Houses Partially Destroyed, 43741 out of 73842 HH Public Houses Fully Destroyed and 28720 HH Public House Patrician Destroyed. In response to this emergency, the project entitled "Integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services in primary health care facilities and community settings in the post-earthquake context of Dhading" has been designed to improve psychosocial and mental health wellbeing of the district by integrating psychosocial and mental health services into the existing health system. The long term goal of the program is to develop a cadre of primary health care workers who are available to treat mental disorders from social and medical models in the health facilities and on community level, as well as continuous availability of psychosocial support and referral to other community support services. The project will ensure the community based basic psychosocial support and mental health care in 26 affected VDCs in the district as aforementioned. Integrated Community Development Campaign (ICDC) Nepal is implementing this project in financial support of the International Medical Corps (IMC) and technical support of Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal.