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.
There is a journal article on this research
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.