Event Title: Global Psych Dinner: Dr. Victoria de Menil: "What's it worth? Community-based treatment for severe mental disorders at the base of Mount Kenya"
Location: MGH Bulfinch 225 (Trustee's Room)
Description: Dr. de Menil works as the Global Mental Health Program
Manager at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.
She completed her PhD at the London School of
studying the contribution of for-profit and not-for-profit
private providers to mental health coverage in Kenya.
Victoria will present her findings from a cost-effectiveness
analysis of the intervention of the NGO BasicNeeds in
Kenya, as applied to a group of individuals with bipolar
schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. The intervention,
the Mental Health and Development model, combines
community-based mental health care with social and
economic supports, relying substantially on self-help
groups. It is currently implemented in 12 countries
and has reached over half a million people affected by
mental illness. The data presented here will provide a rare
glimpse at patient-level costs, as well as gains from
to productive activity as a result of effective treatment.