The aim of this partnership is to improve access to mental health care for the rural population in six regions (Kayes, Koulikoro, Mopti, Ségou, Sikasso and Tombouctou) via developing a rural GP Mental Health Network and raising awareness amongst the general population.
The objective is, for the GPs who will be trained, to diagnose and manage 15% of patients with severe mental disorders in the 6 regions covered. Over the 2 year duration of the program, this would represent approximately 1600 patients based on prevalence estimates from WHO.
Specific activities and targets include:
This program has been endorsed by the Malian Ministry of Health and in addition to Santé Sud and Sanofi, it also involves representatives from the Ministry of Health, local psychiatrists from the Bamako Point G Hospital, the local head of the rural GP association (Association des Médecins de Campagne – AMC), as well as international partners such as the World Association of Social Psychiatry.
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