Integration of mental health and HIV programs has the potential to significantly improve health outcomes for PLHIV. This training package, which is comprised of a training-of-trainers manual, an accompanying presentation, and a standard operating procedure, was developed to support a pilot project for MH and HIV integration at the community level such that health facilities, community-based organizations (CBOs), and traditional medical practitioners (TMPs) can collaborate to support MH screening and service provision for PLHIV in Zimbabwe. The training package may be used as an important step to engage HIV and MH stakeholders to train health and community workers to screen for MH problems and harmful alcohol and substance use within the community.
The USAID and PEPFAR funded AIDSTAR-One project hosted a workshop on how to integrate mental health into HIV services through better understanding of mental health issues and how they intersect with proper HIV care.
In collaboration with USAID’s Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One conducted an activity to integrate mental health (MH) services into HIV care and treatment programs in Zimbabwe.
Situational Analysis: “There is no Health without Mental Health”: Mental Health and HIV Service Integration in Zimbabwe
HIV and mental illness are significant global public health concerns in Zimbabwe. A coordinated and comprehensive response, particularly between HIV treatment, care, and support services and mental health care can improve health outcomes among people living with HIV. In collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One is implementing a pilot activity that will integrate mental health and harmful substance use screening, counseling, and referral into HIV treatment and care sites in Zimbabwe. This country situational analysis was conducted as a first step in the pilot activity.
In collaboration with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the PEPFAR Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One implemented an integrated mental health and HIV pilot activity in Zimbabwe. In December 2012, AIDSTAR-One conducted a small, mixed-methods assessment to understand the feasibility of integrating the mental health and substance use screening tools and the stepped-care approach into routine services. While areas for strengthening are discussed, results demonstrated that integrating mental health care services was feasible and generally beneficial in identifying mental health needs of people living with HIV, as well as the general population.
Highlights the key mental health issues in the continuum of HIV care and reviews promising programmatic practices for addressing these issues in resource-constrained settings. This tool provides links to important resources and tools for program planners and health care providers concerned about mental health issues in HIV care and support.
Workshop for Integrating Mental Health into HIV Services in Zimbabwe Training of Trainers: Trainer’s Manual
This training package was developed to support a pilot project for MH and HIV integration at the community level such that health facilities, community-based organizations (CBOs), and traditional medical practitioners (TMPs) can collaborate to support MH screening and service provision for PLHIV in Zimbabwe.