Transforming Mental Health Care: WONCA introduces the MDD Minds Project

January, 2023

WONCA is proud to announce the launch of the MDD Minds project in collaboration with the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, and Mosaica Solutions. The overarching goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of care for patients suffering from major depressive disorders in Africa-Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

For two days, the Steering Committee of the Project met to establish milestones, timelines, and plans for the successful execution of the project. As a result, the first stage of the project is now underway.

Representing the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health at the meeting were Chris Dowrick and Christos Lionis. Mary Ales and Shelly Rodrigues represented Mosaica Solutions, while WONCA CEO, Dr Harris Lygidakis and Roberto Munoz, Senior Project & Fundraising Officer coordinated the meeting at WONCA headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Depression is a global issue, as it is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, between 50% and 90% of people suffering from depression are not diagnosed or treated properly. The integration of mental health care into primary care, particularly within the field of family medicine, is a priority for international agencies.

The MDD Minds Project aims to strengthen physicians’ competencies and confidence in managing mental health problems while enabling shared decision-making for treating major depressive disorders.