Topic: Violence and abuse

TREAT INTERACT: Implementing a user involved education- and health system INTERACTive task-shifting approach for child mental health promotion in Uganda

In this project we will adjust a school version of the World Health Organization´s (WHO) «Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide» (mhGAP). Teachers and health workers will receive training in mhGAP, and by developing and integrating systems for cooperation between the school and health sector, the aim is that more children will receive mental health care. 

2021 This project is ongoing 2026

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Main objective

The aims are formulated within four work packages: :

    1. Develop a school version of the mhGAP with user involvement.

    2. Implement the adapted module-based TREATment mhGAP school program and investigate effective implementation strategies and client outcomes.

    3. Develop, implement and evaluate an intersectoral supervision, referral and communication model between the health and education sector.

    4. Develop implementation advice to guide policy-makers in how to implement and sustain large-scale evidence-informed interventions for youth. 


    Work package 1: Intervention and implementation mapping to plan the intervention in a systematic way.

    Work package 2: Implement mhGAP and test implementation and client outcomes through a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial where 18 schools will be randomized into 6 cohorts that will receive training in mhGAP within 18 months. Data will be collected at baseline and before a new cohort receives mhGAP training.

    Work package 3: Training in mhGAP and before-after evaluation of attitudes/stigma, mental health literacy, violence against children, and intersectoral collaboration.

    Work package 4: Participatory action research and framework analysis to develop evidence supported implementation strategies to ensure sustainability.

    Further information

    The research is supported by grants by the Research Council of Norway.


    • Norwgeian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), Norway

    • Center for Global Mental Health, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway

    • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

    • University of Makerere, Uganda