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Integrating Mental Health and Development: A Case Study of the BasicNeeds Model in Nepal

  • Shoba Raja mail,

    shoba.raja@basicneeds.org

    Affiliation: BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Bangalore, India

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  • Chris Underhill,

    Affiliation: BasicNeeds UK, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

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  • Padam Shrestha,

    Affiliation: Livelihoods Education and Development Society (LEADS), Pokhara, Nepal

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  • Uma Sunder,

    Affiliation: BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Bangalore, India

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  • Saju Mannarath,

    Affiliation: BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Bangalore, India

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  • Sarah Kippen Wood,

    Affiliation: BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Oakland, California, United States of America

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  • Vikram Patel

    Affiliations: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Sangath, Goa, India

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  • Published: July 10, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001261

About the Authors

Shoba Raja, Uma Sunder, Saju Mannarath
BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Bangalore, India
Chris Underhill
BasicNeeds UK, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Padam Shrestha
Livelihoods Education and Development Society (LEADS), Pokhara, Nepal
Sarah Kippen Wood
BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Oakland, California, United States of America
Vikram Patel
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Vikram Patel
Sangath, Goa, India

Corresponding Author

Email: shoba.raja@basicneeds.org

Competing Interests

SR, US, SM, and SKW are employed by BasicNeeds, a mental health and development organization. CU founded BasicNeeds. At the BasicNeeds Nepal programme, their partners in Nepal (LEADS) contacted a Nepalese pharma company—Asian Pharmaceutical Company—for assistance in providing medicines to the Users who access services in the programme's operational districts of Baglung and Myagdi in the Western region. As a result, the company agreed to provide free medicines for up to 200 users attending the MH camps organised by LEADS at the district hospitals. They have so far supplied twice. Discussions are currently going on for their continued help and for them to supply directly to the two district hospitals in future. This provision of medicines is done without any formal contractual arrangement with LEADS (or BasicNeeds) and there is no direct financial association between our organizations and Asian Pharmaceutical Company. In a nutshell, the sum total of the association is the provision of free medicines for 200 patients (and possibly more in the future). PS is employed by LEADS, a non-profit organisation which provides medical treatment and other support services to individuals with mental illness. VP is a guest editor of the Global Mental Health Practice Series and was involved in the selection of commissions, including this particular paper, but he was not involved in the peer review or editorial decision making about this article.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: SR US SM VP. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: SR. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: SR CU PS US SM SKW VP. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: SR CU PS US SM SKW VP. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: SR CU PS US SM SKW VP. Created the Model for Mental Health and Development: CU.