The use of non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of depression is evidence-based, effective and has been successfully used in many developed countries. Evidence for the usage of these types of interventions to treat depression in developing countries is not as widespread. However, two recent randomized control trials have demonstrated that a non-pharmacological intervention, specifically group interpersonal therapy (IPT), can be successful on a small-scale in Uganda to treat depression. Following a call to action by the international mental health community to act on the significant burden of depression that is afflicting the developing world, this report seeks to analyze the opportunities and constraints for scaling-up the health human resources needed to deliver this evidence-based intervention on a larger scale. This analysis was conducted by examining a previously published framework for scaling-up a health intervention in a resource-poor setting.
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Thesis advisor: Janes, Craig
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