Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of simplified psychological support in conflict-affected Pakistan

Grant awarded: £349,718

Lead organisation: World Health Organization, Switzerland, University of Liverpool

Partnering organisations: Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar; Human Development Research Foundation; Rawalpindi Medical College; University of New South Wales; Vrije Universiteit

Project length: 2014-2016

Study locations: Pakistan

Principal Investigator: Mark Van Ommeren, World Health Organization.


The overall objective of this research is to help improve the mental health and functioning of people in humanitarian settings.

The study will test the efficacy of an innovative, simplified psychological intervention named Problem Management Plus (PM+). PM+ is a short programme delivered by paraprofessionals, which is transdiagnostic (i.e. geared to a number of conditions) and designed for people in low-income communities affected by adversity.

Expected outcomes:

The study aims to build an evidence base for the use and implementation of PM+. It will also produce an intervention manual adapted for Pakistan and published by the WHO. This may eventually be further adapted for other countries and settings.


Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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