Lancet: Vikram Patel wins 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

5 April, 2019

Congratulations to HIFA member Vikram Patel!

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30807-4/fulltext

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The 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award has been won by Vikram Patel of Harvard University for his work in mental health, as announced on April 2. Patel is being recognised for “generating knowledge on the burden and determinants of mental health problems in low and middle-income countries and pioneering approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health in low-resource settings”. This is the first time that the award has gone to a researcher in mental health...

The realisation that community health workers and non-specialist providers can be equipped with the tools to deliver essential health-care interventions has transformed global health. “In mental health, we adopted the same ideology”, explains Patel. “We tested whether we could achieve good results by using front-line community-based providers to deliver psychological treatments and social interventions, and whether local communities would be responsive.” The model, which is known as task sharing, has been validated in dozens of studies around the world...

“We want to make use of digital learning to enable anyone who is interested to master the delivery of psychological treatments”, said Patel... “We are seeing conversations around task-sharing and the use of digital platforms as ways to improve the quality of mental health care in all countries around the world. These are innovations of global significance.”

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Best wishes, Neil

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