Yet agin, we went to Myanmar delivering the popular mental health training for GPs using the WHO mhGAP (mental health gap action programme) module. This time, it was Pathein and Meikhtila. Both venues hosted the training very well and we had the local psychiatrists joining us and sharing their invaluable experience. It was highly appreciated by the GPs and us alike. We look forward to more joint working with our counterparts although we are conscious of their busy schedules and heavy commitments in low-resource setting.
In collaboration with Myanmar Neurological Society, we delivered two training workshops in Yangon and Mandalay for doctors, nurses and care providers. Our aim was to raise the awareness of non-pharmaceutical management of behavioural symptoms in patients with dementia. It was led by a consultant clinical psychologist working in a dementia service in the UK. The feedback was positive and we hope it initiated a change in thinking on how to care for and help patients with dementia.
In February 2017, our team of 6 members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists volunteered our time and expertise to train Myanmar GPs in two different cities: Mawlamyine in Mon State and Taungoo in Bago Division. At each site, the intensive 4 days training was successfully delivered by 3 RCPsych volunteers with help from 2 Myanmar GPs who have done the mhGAP previously. A total of 65 GPs participated and completed the training. We felt very honoured by the enthusiasm of the participants and humbled by their generous hospitality with authentic meals at lunch time.
In collaboration with our counterparts in Myanmar, six RCPsych volunteers and a clinical psychologist successfully provided an interesting taster day on subspecialties of psychiatry to the psychiatric trainees in Yangon. We hope it paved the way for further collaboration with the psychiatrists in Myanmar.
With more people coming to know about the charity mental health clinics in Mandalay and Amarapura, these clinics see more patients in the last year.
Projecting from 2016 data, Mind to Mind Myanmar has increased its grant fund for both clinics.