Integration of mental health service delivery and care, with a focus on mhGAP priority disorders, (depression, psychosis, alcohol use disorders and epilepsy) into the existing Health system through a Health system strengthening approach in partnership with researchers, Ministries of Health and non-governmental organisations. The program implements and evaluates district level mental health care plans (MHCPs) at health organization, facility and community levels, initially in one district in each country, and then scaled up to more.
The MHCP is presented for the three levels of the health system in the Sodo district: the community, health facility and the healthcare organisation levels. Key to the implementation of this plan is both the provision of awareness raising and training for staff at all levels, and the establishment of ongoing support and supervision structures to enable sustainability of the plan over time. An important feature of the work in Ethiopia is continued interaction with the wider national Ministry of Health strategic plan for mental health, which envisages major scale up of mental health services in the coming years.2