Year 2021 marks the end of several Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects that the International Projects Unit (IPU) of RTU started implementing in 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the implementation processes slightly, but fortunately all the projects were able to tackle these difficulties. One of the projects that managed to successfully complete its activities was MEGA – a project focusing on building capacity by implementing mhGAP mobile intervention in SADC countries. On May 7th the MEGA final conference – “New Dawn for Mental Health in Southern Africa” – took place, during which the main outcomes were presented to seminar participants.
RTU team was honored to present the MEGA mobile application designed for mental health screening and its development process. Also, other presentations given during the MEGA final conference displayed strong evidence that the MEGA application has already had a positive impact on the daily work of primary healthcare specialists in South Africa and Zambia. This is the reason why the MEGA application will be publicly available on Google Store after the project lifespan, thus supporting the sustainability of the project and the project outcomes.
All the consortium partners are extremely satisfied with the results achieved and hope that they will have the opportunity to continue the fruitful cooperation within the fields of health care, mental health and beyond. More information about the MEGA project is available on the project website: https://mega.turkuamk.fi/