SPF Project


Funded by: Charlize Theron Africa Outreach

Project Coordinator: Dr Paul Cromhout

Sector: Health

Project Title - Primary Mental Health Pilot Project  
Sector - Health 
Duration - 1 Year 
End Date - October 2019 
Implementation Area - Buffalo City Municipality (Newlands, Tsholomnqa Communities) 
Implementation Partners - SPF, Buffalo City Health District 
Programme Manager - Paul Cromhout 
Reporting Period - 01/11/2018 – 31/10/2019 
Budget   -   $10 000 
Expenditure to date   -   R 50 000 

Overall Aim / Goal 
To ensure primary Mental Health services are provided by primary health clinics and accessed by clients in 3 clinics in Newlands and 3 clinics in Tsholomnqa 

Project Description 
CAPACITATE 12 Nurses with skills in Maternal Mental Health, Adolescent Mental Health, Leadership and Teamwork to screen counsel and refer patients with mental health issues. 
Strategies Key Activities 
Capacitate Nurses with skills and tools   Two weekend training sessions per area x 2 
Develop referral network and tools   Produce common referral tools and train nurses to use 
Screen and refer possible clients to clinics   Train CHW’s and LSA’s in screening and referral 
  Mentor and monitor CHW’s and LSA’s to screen and refer clients 

Result / Achieved during reporting period 
1st of 2 Trainings of 9 nurses and sub district Non-communicable Disease manager in Mental Health and leadership completed. 

Challenges experienced and how they were mitigated 
Initial reticence of nurses overcome during training. Teamwork skills and practice were negligible, there are now encouraging signs of co-operation and collaboration.  

Plans for next month 
Completion of training of nurses from three Newlands clinics to be done. Meetings with service points / stakeholders to obtain co-operation for referral and back referral to be completed by 14 December 2018. 

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