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Developing a child and adolescent mental health service in a low-income country: a global partnership model

  • Amina Tareen (a1), Ilyas Mirza (a2), Ayesha Minhas (a3), Fareed Minhas (a3) and Atif Rahman (a4)...
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Aims and Method

To develop a child and adolescent mental health service in a low-income country. This was a collaborative effort involving governmental and non-governmental organisations in the UK and Pakistan, where a training clinic was established.

Results

We assessed and treated 169 children and adolescents. A team of mental health professionals was trained, including one consultant psychiatrist; the consultant psychiatrist is now leading the clinic. Links were further developed with healthcare, social care and educational organisations, as well as efforts made to engage the public in relation to child and adolescent mental health.

Clinical Implications

Our development highlights a model of research collaboration and service development which may be sustainable in low-income settings. Such initiatives need support from a variety of organisations. There is a need to consider whether there should be a formal funding mechanism to support the Royal College of Psychiatrists Senior Volunteer Programme.

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Developing a child and adolescent mental health service in a low-income country: a global partnership model

  • Amina Tareen (a1), Ilyas Mirza (a2), Ayesha Minhas (a3), Fareed Minhas (a3) and Atif Rahman (a4)...
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