Updated May 24, 2019

Expansion of a new implementation model to address severe mental disorders in rural Haiti, to inform the development of a national decentralized mental health plan following the 2010 Haiti earthquake


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Stage 1 : Ideation

As a result of these efforts to date, 5,086 people are currently receiving treatment for a range of mental health disorders and an estimated 2,325 are experiencing improved health outcomes.
With funding from Grand Challenges Canada, Zanmi Lasante is integrating care pathways for depression, epilepsy, psychosis, and child and adolescent disorders in 11 primary care facilities throughout rural Haiti.

Registered in Haiti.

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Innovation Description

Through a community-based model, lay and formal health workers are being trained to deliver mental health services and to use new information management systems to improve quality of care.
How does your innovation work?
Many low-resource countries have a significant deficit in mental health infrastructure and human resources. Mental health infrastructure in Haiti (pop. 10M), for example, is limited to one psychiatric hospital and one health centre in Port au Prince. These facilities are severely under-resourced and characterized by poor sanitation, lack of medication and excessive use of physical restraints. To address this gap, Zanmi Lasante is integrating care pathways for several disorders.

Planned Goals and Milestones

As implementation of the project continues, the number of persons benefiting from these services is expected to grow. Going forward, the team is also working to incorporate psychiatric training into medical residency programs and the nursing college curricula.


Jul 2018
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Sep 2012
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ORGANIZATIONPapyrus S.A.Papyrus S.A.
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