After developing the intervention, it will be piloted across two sites involving 32 villages in the West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The intervention will involve training ASHAs to use a mobile based screening tool and primary-care doctors to use a mobile based clinical decision support tool based on WHO’s mhGAP-IG algorithm4, to identify and manage CMD in the community.
In addition, there will be a mobile based follow-up system between the ASHAs and doctors to ensure regular follow-up and treatment adherence for those needing mental health care.
The tools will undergo prior testing and validation prior to implementing in the field.
The Grand Challenges Canada funded study will be conducted over 18 months during 2014-2015. The Welcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology funded study will be for five years from 2014 to 2019.