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Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME): Evidence on scaling up mental health services for development

14 August 2013
12:15 - 14:00

Led from the University of Cape Town, the PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) is a consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health in five low-and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia (Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, India & Nepal), with global partners including the WHO, Centre for Global Mental Health (incorporating London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Kings Health Partners, UK) and international NGO’s such as BasicNeeds, Healthnet TPO and Sangath. Prof Arvin Bhana, Executive Director of the Human and Social Development (HSD) programme at the HSRC is one of the Co-Principal Investigators for the South African site.

PRIME’s goals are

  • To develop evidence on the implementation and scaling-up of mental health treatment in primary and maternal health care, in low resource settings and
  • To enhance the uptake of its research evidence amongst key policy partners and relevant stakeholders.

Through the setup of the research programme consortium, and research uptake strategy consultations, PRIME has stimulated the demand for research evidence on the best ways of scaling-up mental health services, for maternal and primary health care contexts, in low-and middle-income countries.

In addition, PRIME regularly invites all stakeholders, including policy makers, to make suggestions and comment on communication outputs, which aids policy makers to obtain the necessary political support at higher levels.

Amit Makan, who is responsible for research uptake at PRIME will present at this seminar on PRIME’s research communication strategies and institutional arrangements. Please note that HSRC researchers who are interested in research communication and who are responsible for policy briefs will find this seminar particularly useful.  It will be chaired by Dr Konosoang Sobane who leads the policy brief project at the HSRC so the discussions are sure to be very stimulating.

For more information about PRIME go to their website at or contact PRIME’s Research Uptake Manager Amit Makan at

Date: 14 August 2013

Time: 12:15 – 14:00

Presenter: Mr Amit Makan , Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME)


Kindly RSVP by 10 August 2013

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speakers will be in Cape Town.

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: