Bangladesh and Closing the Mental Health GAP: A Narrative
Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 5.15pm to 6.15pm
presented by Professor Graham Powell, Visiting Professor at University College London and the Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
This presentation traces the history of critical decision making in the development of Clinical Psychology in Bangladesh. The initial proposal in 1995 was followed by a Higher Educational Link Programme between University College London and the University of Dhaka, funded by the Overseas Development Administration (ODA). The finally agreed overarching aims were: (1) Alleviate poverty and disadvantage associated with mental illness, (2) Ensure sustainability of psychology services in Bangladesh, and (3) respond to developing needs, emergency needs and Bangladesh government initiatives in respect of poverty and mental illness. The first Clinical Psychologists qualified in 1999, obtaining a 1 year MSc and a 2 year MPhil. Trainee experiences are described and the formation of the Bangladesh Clinical Psychology Society (BCPS). These efforts are placed within the UN and WHO framework of closing the treatment gap in Mental Health (mhGAP). A new five year programme of work is in place to assist the development of talking therapy in Bangladesh, funded by the Nasirullah Foundation. This has involved the setting up of the Nasirullah Psychotherapy Unit (NPU) at the University of Dhaka. The development plans of this programme are described.
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