Mental health

WHO-EU joint project to implement mhGAP in Ethiopia and Nigeria

The project "Scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders" is part of the European Commission EuropeAid: “Investing in People – Good health for all – Supporting prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in developing countries”. This call recognizes that very few initiatives have been directed at mental health conditions in developing countries.

World Health Organization is partnering with the European Commission (EC), the Ministries of Health of Ethiopia and Nigeria, Fondation d'Harcourt (in Ethiopia) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain to support mhGAP implementation in the two countries

Ethiopia is a country with 85 million people and 36 psychiatrists. The Ethiopian Government has shown political commitment to the successful implementation of the mhGAP programme. The country work in Ethiopia is supported both by the EC and the Fondation d’Harcourt.

Nine out of 10 persons with mental disorders in Nigeria do not receive any services. The Government of Nigeria is working with WHO to scale up services for mental health care.

Overall Objective

Expanding services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in selected districts of Ethiopia and Nigeria

Partners involved

  • Delegation of the European Union to Ehiopia
  • European Commission
  • Fondation d'Harcourt (in Ethiopia)
  • Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

WHO Offices involved

  • WHO Ethiopia
  • WHO Nigeria
  • WHO Regional Office for Africa
  • WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
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mhGAP Mental Health Gap Action Programme

This document describes WHO mhGAP programme aimed at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

mhGAP Intervention Guide

A WHO technical tool developed to assist in the implementation of mhGAP.