​mPareshan App: an mHealth intervention to improve psychiatric counseling skills of Lady Health Workers in a rural Pakistani district

Project Period: 2021 – 2022

Collaborators: Aga Khan University’s Department of Community Health and the Brain and Mind Institute

Project Summary: While most Low- and Middle-Income Countries including Pakistan have underdeveloped specialist facilities for mental health, several trials from LMICs show that non-specialist Community Health Workers can manage patients effectively as front-line providers. Project mPareshan is developing an mHealth strategy to allow Lady Health Workers and their Supervisors to assess, diagnose, and provide management services for mental health within the community.​ The project team recently launched a contextually customized training manual on mental health for non-specialist health workers. This is the first time such a training guide adapted from WHO mhGAP has been developed, translated into Urdu and Sindhi and tested at the level of Lady Health Workers.