Shamaila Usmani

Job role: 
Global Mental Health Advocate and Implementer
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Brief Biography: 

Shamaila Usmani currently serves as ARC’s South Asia Creative Connector. While she has been co-leading the organization’s response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh since November, she brings an array of expertise in global mental health, knowledge synthesis and exchange as well as monitoring and evaluation, to the table. Prior to joining ARC, she served a Knowledge Exchange Officer for the Mental Health Innovation Network, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In this position, she served as one of the faces of the platform, connecting the GMH community to facilitate creative evidence-based projects into policy. She is an advocate for social justice and human rights, striving to support the most marginalized and underrepresented communities globally to reclaim their voice. 

Human rights
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Regions of interest: 
Middle East
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
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
United States of America

My contributions

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The magnitude of and health system responses to the mental health treatment gap in adults in India and China

A systematic review paper in the China-India Mental Health Alliance Series, describing the unmet mental health needs in China and India.
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Training, education and capacity building
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MHIN 2014-2015: A Year in Review

The Mental Health Innovation Network turns one this month (August 2015). The team created an infographic to mark key MHIN achievements over the year.
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Acceptability and Feasibility of Task sharing

A MHIN summary for a systematic review on: 'The Acceptability and Feasibility of Task-Sharing for Mental Healthcare in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review' (Padmanathan and De Silva, 2013).
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Policy and legislation
Task sharing
Training, education and capacity building
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What a year it's been for Global Mental Health

A summary of Mental Health Innovation Network and Global Mental Health achievements in 2015
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Enabling Shared Learning from the GMH Community

Recorded at the Grand Challenges Canada and National Institute of Mental Health Community Meeting in Toronto (June 2015), Mary De Silva, Shamaila Usmani and Georgia Lockwood-Estrin discuss lessons from the body of research generated by Grand Challenges Canada grantees
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Human Rights 365: Every Day is Human Rights Day

To commemorate International Human Rights Day, Shamaila Usmani highlights some of the global mental health innovations that tackle human rights violations
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A United Front for Global Mental Health

The second All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) session on global mental health asks what the UK has done to improve mental health around the world so far, and what needs to be done to move forward.