Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro


SADAG Mental Health Professionals Meeting

14 June 2017

Realizing the vision for global mental health through primary care transformation

There has been a systematic failure of the health care system in preventing, identifying and treating mental health conditions, partly due to mental health stigma, poor training and a lack of evidence for policy makers to fund mental health.

This session will focus on mental health as an integral and essential component of general health, human resources and social care in the context of the predictions of the global burden of disease to 2030 and the role of primary care to provide a framework for collaborative and integrated care.

Using the literature and personal experience I will highlight the following:

  • Why we need to transform primary care mental health
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of primary care mental health
  • Describe the key ingredients for success
  • The need to invest in an enhanced primary care workforce
  • How lessons learned can be generalised to South Africa


  • To show that mental health is an integral and essential component of general health
  • To quantify the contribution of mental health to other long term conditions
  • To explore the concept of collaborative versus integrated care
  • To promote dignity in mental health

Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE JP


Medical Director, The Wood Street Medical Centre, 6 Linford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 3LA UK

President WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health)

Visiting Professor, NOVA University, Lisbon Portugal

Immediate Past Chair, Wonca Working Party on Mental Health   


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