Canada supports primary mental care in Vietnam

Mental health checkup for a Vietnamese student.  (Photo: )

Mental health checkup for a Vietnamese student. (Photo: )

(CPV) –
Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) offered seed grants valued at 7.7 million Canadian dollars for 22 global mental health projects which will extend a helping hand to sufferers in the developing world of brain-related disorders – the most neglected of neglected global health problems.

GCC grantees will creatively explore how to augment and amplify relatively meagre existing help available to mental health and brain disorder patients.

According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Canada in Hanoi on January 10, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) will receive grants for the project “Preparing a trial of enhanced, low-cost primary mental healthcare” which includes support for a trial of low-cost, enhanced primary healthcare services in Vietnam for depression, a common condition in the country. The goal is a scalable program to train primary health care providers in mental health care delivery.

The provision of training to primary health care providers in Vietnam will contribute to the improvement in health care in the nation in general and in mental health care in particular.

“Nowhere is the suffering of mental illness – the most neglected of neglected diseases – more neglected than in developing countries. Tackling the grand challenge of global mental health improves not only the lives of individuals but also their productivity. Improving mental health stimulates sustained economic growth of nations by investing in people”, said Dr. Peter A. Singer, GCC Chief Executive Officer.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Federal Budget, GCC dedicated to supporting “Bold Ideas with Big Impact™” in global health. It funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada.

Hosted at the Sandra Rotman Centre, GCC works with the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and other global health foundations and organizations to find sustainable, long-term solutions through Integrated Innovation® – bold ideas that integrate science, technology, social and business innovation./.

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