Raj Persaud in Conversation: Where there is no psychiatrist
Dr. Hanlon is a British psychiatrist who lives and works in Ethiopia, linked to Addis Ababa University and King’s College London. Her research interests focus on public mental health, women’s mental health, cultural validity of measurement, intervention studies and health service and system implementation research. This podcast is cross-posted with kind permission from Raj Persuad in Conversation.
In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud interviews Dr Charlotte Hanlon about care for people with severe mental disorders in Ethiopia, specifically, and across Africa more generally. Dr Hanlon discusses the efforts that are ongoing to expand access to mental health care by integrating into primary care. She reflects on some of the learning from the Programme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) which is developing evidence to support scale-up of integrated mental health care. Dr Hanlon also discusses state-of-the-art research being conducted on schizophrenia in low-and middle-income countries.
This research is charting the unmet needs of people with severe mental disorders and their caregivers and providing important data to support advocacy, but research is also providing hope for better and more accessible models of care to support recovery.