DESK REVIEWS | 04.07.05.02. Task shifting/sharing

DESK REVIEW | 04.07.05.02. Task shifting/sharing

Due to shortage of human resources and funding for mental health care, the current component of care coordination is often task-sharing (facilitated by NGOs). For instance, Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation has implemented task sharing approaches through training non-mental health specialists (nurses, clinical officers) to provide interventions to people with mental illness (including dementia) receiving care in primary health care facilities and community providers such as community health workers, traditional, and faith healers to identify and refer people with suspected mental illness for further care (Mutiso et al., 2018).

References:

Mutiso, V. N., Gitonga, I., Musau, A., Musyimi, C. W., Nandoya, E., Rebello, T. J., … Ndetei, D. M. (2018). A step-wise community engagement and capacity building model prior to implementation of mhGAP-IG in a low-and middle-income country: a case study of Makueni County, Kenya. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12(1), 1–13.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-018-0234-y