Nepal is experiencing a significant ‘treatment gap’ in mental health care. People with mental disorders do not always receive appropriate treatment due to a range of structural and individual issues, including stigma and poverty.
The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) has developed a mental health care plan to address this issue in Nepal and four other low and middle income countries.
This study aims to inform the development of PRIME’s comprehensive care plan by investigating the perceptions of stakeholders at different levels of the care system in the district of Chitwan in southern Nepal: health professionals, lay workers and community members. This research focuses specifically on issues of demand and access to care.
Brenman, N.F.; Luitel, N.P.; Mall, S.; Jordans, M.J.D. PRIME Policy Brief 8. Demand and access to mental health services: a qualitative formative study in Nepal. PRIME, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa (2015) 4 pp.