Assessment of Mental Health and HIV Integration Pilot in Zimbabwe

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.