Development of a district mental healthcare plan in Uganda

This study examines a district mental healthcare plan that facilitates integration of mental health into primary care

Abstract

Background: Evidence is needed for the integration of mental health into primary care advocated by the national health sector strategic investment plan in Uganda.

Aims: To describe the processes of developing a district mental healthcare plan (MHCP) in rural Uganda that facilitates integration of mental health into primary care.

Method: Mixed methods using a situational analysis, qualitative studies, theory of change workshops and partial piloting of the plan at two levels informed the MHCP.

Results: A MHCP was developed with packages of care to facilitate integration at the organisational, facility and community levels of the district health system, including a specified human resource mix. The partial embedding period supports its practical application. Key barriers to scaling up the plan were identified.

Conclusions: A real-world plan for the district was developed with involvement of stakeholders. Pilot testing demonstrated its feasibility and implications for future scaling up.

This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) which is led by University of Cape Town

Citation

Kigozi, F.N.; Kizza, D.; Nakku, J.; Ssebunnya, J.; Ndyanabangi, S.; Nakiganda, B.; Lund, C.; Patel, V. Development of a district mental healthcare plan in Uganda. British Journal of Psychiatry (2015) 208 (s56) s40-s46. [DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153742]

Development of a district mental healthcare plan in Uganda

Published 1 January 2015