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Mental health in Pakistan

A lot needs to be done in Pakistan for mental health development and awareness as the current situation presents a very bleak picture. It is estimated that at least one person in every fifth house in the country is in need of psychiatric help. 10-16% of the population suffers from mild to moderate psychological illness and there is only one psychiatrist for every 10,000 people suffering from mental illness. Overall expenditure on health stands at a meagre 2.6% of GDP. Any existing work in the area seem to be fragmented and short lived at best and there is a pressing need for meaningful interventions in mental health development in Pakistan.

Our work

We began operating in Pakistan in 2011 and since then over 15,700 people with mental illness or epilepsy, their carers and family members have been through our programme.

Our holistic mental health and development services are delivered through:

BasicNeeds Pakistan

BasicNeeds Pakistan, an independent BasicNeeds programme, started implementing the BasicNeeds Model in 2013 in three districts – Korangi, Malir and Matiairi in collaboration with local partners Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), Karwan-e-Hayaat (KeH) and Sindh Graduates Association (SGA) to deliver BasicNeeds’ community based mental health services and livelihoods work for programme participants.

Recent projects:

Mental health training for community volunteers

Community volunteers are integral to delivering the BasicNeeds Model. They help identify people who need psychiatric help in the community, and support them people at outreach mental health camps and follow-up clinics, ensuring that they take their medication regularly. BasicNeeds Pakistan provides training to volunteers on various topics such as:, types of mental illnesses, their symptoms, medicines and their side effects, raising awareness on mental health and tackling the stigma, animation, community rehabilitation, data collection, etc.

Creating livelihoods opportunities for women living with mental illness

In 2016, BasicNeeds Pakistan set up the Centre for Women’s Enterprise and Development (CWED) to support women living with mental illness. Currently more than 75 women are enrolled at CWED and are involved in handicraft making.

Our impact to date

As of December 2016, 15,703 people including those affected by mental illnesses, their carers and family members have been supported through our programme in Pakistan.

Download a copy of the 2015 BasicNeeds Pakistan Annual Report.

Contact information

BasicNeeds Pakistan
C/O: The Aman foundation Plot #333
Korangi Township
Near Pakistan Refinery Ltd.

Tel no.: +92 21 35069996 Ext 2014/2105/2106

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