Leadership for Mental Health System Development - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Organised by: 
James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

Like most mental health systems in the developing world, the mental health system in Bangladesh is not designed or equipped to provide adequate, affordable and accessible care for people in need. One in every six people in Bangladesh suffers from mental illness, but most remain undiagnosed, untreated or mistreated. Bangladesh has one psychiatrist for every two million people – nowhere near enough to meet local demand. Additionally, there is a shortage of psychiatric nurses and a near-total lack of psychologists, social workers, and community health workers trained to manage mental illness. Change in the country’s mental health system will require a combined effort of public, private and NGO sector professionals.

BRAC University James P Grant School of Public Health will hold a short course on strengthening mental health systems and driving the change that Bangladesh needs. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the importance of mental health as part of public health, will get up-to-date information on mental health in Bangladesh, and will be part of developing new advocacy, research and service programs. Professionals from all fields and expertise levels are intended to join the course, with an emphasis on those who are already providing mental health services, whether trained or untrained.

The course presents a rare opportunity to draw together academics from multiple continents.

Course Leaders:

Harry Minas, MBBS, BMedSc, DPM, FRANZCP, Centre for International Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne (Australia), Nasima Selim, MBBS, MSc, MPH, BRAC University and Freie University (Germany), and M. Sophia Newman, MPH, Fulbright Fellow (United States)

Date, Time and Location:

9-13 June 2013, 9 AM to 5 PM at

James P. Grant School of Public Health (BRAC University)

5th Floor, (Level-6), icddr,b Building

68 Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Sharani 

Mohakhali, Dhaka


BDT 10,000 (partial waivers available on request)

To register:

Please submit an application within May 15, 2013 with an one-page CV and a scanned photograph to M.S. Newman at msophnewman@gmail.com with the following information: full name, current profession, educational background, phonenumber, email address, and request for partial waiver (if desired). Please use the subject line: “APPLICATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH COURSE.” You will be notified if your application is accepted within one week of your submission.