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Integrating Mental Health and Development: A Case Study of the BasicNeeds Model in Nepal


  • Shoba Raja


  • Chris Underhill


The BasicNeeds model of Mental Health and Development (MHD), Nepal emphasizes user empowerment, community development, strengthening of health systems, and policy influencing. The Nepal program was chosen because this allows highlighting operations in a fragile state where the government is unable to deliver even the most basic services, particularly in remote regions. [Plos Medicine]. URL:[]

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  • Shoba Raja & Chris Underhill, 2012. "Integrating Mental Health and Development: A Case Study of the BasicNeeds Model in Nepal," Working Papers id:5110, eSocialSciences.
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    1. Lund, Crick & Breen, Alison & Flisher, Alan J. & Kakuma, Ritsuko & Corrigall, Joanne & Joska, John A. & Swartz, Leslie & Patel, Vikram, 2010. "Poverty and common mental disorders in low and middle income countries: A systematic review," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 71(3), pages 517-528, August.
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    1. de Menil, Victoria & Knapp, Martin & McDaid, David & Raja, Shoba & Kingori, Joyce & Waruguru, Milka & Kippen Wood, Sarah & Mannarath, Saju & Lund, Crick, 2015. "Cost-effectiveness of the mental health and development model for schizophrenia-spectrum and bipolar disorders in rural Kenya," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 62040, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Trani, Jean-Francois & Ballard, Ellis & Peña, Juan B., 2016. "Stigma of persons with disabilities in Afghanistan: Examining the pathways from stereotyping to mental distress," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 258-265.


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