Onaiza Qureshi

Job role: 
KE Officer and Platform Coordinator
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Brief Biography: 

Originally from Pakistan, I worked as a research associate on a community-based mental health project that used mhealth technology to screen and monitor treatment outcomes for depression and anxiety within urban populations in Karachi (Pakistan). As part of the same project I was also involved in integrating mental health services with the treatment of co-morbid chronic conditions (such as Tuberculosis and Diabetes) in Karachi’s public healthcare settings. 

After completing my MSc in Global Mental Health ('17) I now work as Knowledge Exchange Officer and Platform Coordinator at the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) where I am responsible for coordinating the multiple functions of the Network including (but not limited to) the development and commissioning of web content, knowledge exchange products and providing ongoing support to MHIN's regional hubs. 

My interests include: mhealth technologies for mental health, implementation science and community-based mental health programmes (LMICs). 

Regions of interest: 
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Primary care
Maternal and neonatal health
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Disorders of interest: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

My contributions

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Policy Brief: Mental health for global prosperity

MHIN policy brief prepared for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos 2019.
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
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Policy Brief: The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

MHIN policy brief prepared for the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, published on World Mental Health Day 2018.
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
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Policy Brief on Mental Health and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

MHIN policy brief prepared for "Time to Act on Global Mental Health", an event held in New York during the 2018 United Nations General Assembly.
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
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Year in Review; Global Mental Health in 2018

This end of year blog from the MHIN team highlights what a year it's been for the global mental health field in 2018 and for MHIN itself with many achievements, innovations and collaborations to be proud of as well as reaching 5,000 members on the Network.
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Preventing Suicide in the Arctic (RISING SUN)

In October, the RISING SUN Initiative published a landmark paper reporting their findings on prioritising outcomes for suicide prevention initiatives in the Arctic. This blog briefly discusses how these results were built into the RISING SUN Toolkit and the implications of their findings for the future of suicide prevention efforts in the Circumpolar North.