Integration of Mental Health Care into Health Center Hiv Clinic Services Improves Outcomes

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The Ethiopia Network for HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, & Support (ENHAT-CS) program, a USAID initiative funded by PEPFAR. was an MSH-led consortium of national and international partners. This consortium included the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), which took the lead in the program’s piloting of the integration of mental health services into health center-based HIV clinics. This brief outlines lessons learned from two years of experience supporting integrated mental health services in health centers in the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.

The specific objectives of this study were to:

  • Identify the prevalence of MNS disorders in PLHIV;
  • Demonstrate that the treatment of MNS disorders by health officers and nurses in health centers is feasible and effective; and
  • Identify any benefits to or improved outcomes in PLHIV as a result of health center-based MNS services.