The Department of Family Medicine in the Johannesburg Health District has a weekly CPD webinar on Friday mornings.

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)

Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected – 75% in many low-income countries – do not have access to the treatment they need.

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce………See more about mhGAP on this WHO page, with extensive resources available there.

See Dr. Letlotlo talk on “mhGAP – Mental Health Gap Action Programme ” 8.00-9.00am on Friday 13th and 27th November 2020 (Depression and Psychosis respectively).

Dr. Bokang Letlotlo is a community psychiatrist in the Johannesburg Health District. Her clinical duties include supervision and overseeing of specialist secondary level psychiatric services in the District clinics.

As a member of the District Mental Health team, she is also involved in developing primary level and community-based mental health services. Her commitment to the integration of mental health at a primary health level includes amongst others, the continuing training and professional development on mental health care amongst generalist health professionals (nurses and doctors) in the district.

As a joint appointee as a lecturer with the University of the Witwatersrand, her academic duties include teaching, training, and research supervision of the undergraduate and postgraduate medical professionals.

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MHGap, psychotic disorders