Dr Muhammad Alkasaby
in Mental Health
I'm a physician trained in psychiatry. Currently, I work with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) as a research fellow in mental health. The UK-PHRST is a multi-disciplinary team that supports low- and middle-income countries in investigating and responding to disease outbreaks and conducts research to improve our response to future epidemics.
Before joining LSHTM, I worked with the Egyptian Ministry of Health in different mental health-related projects, including integrating mental health services into primary healthcare services through the implementation of the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked with the national Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Technical working group in Egypt to develop the national mental health response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also participated in other research and capacity-building projects to improve mental health services during the pandemic.
Global Mental Health MSc:
- Introduction to Global Mental Health
- Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
My Research focuses on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in emergency settings such as conflicts and public health emergencies.
Currently, I'm working on the "Strengthening Public mental health in Africa in response to the COVID-19 Epidemic" (SPACE) programme, which is a collaboration between the UK-PHRST, WHO AFRO, Africa CDC, WAHO, and ECSA-HC. This programme combines research, capacity building, and engagement activities in order to improve public mental health in response to emergencies (including infectious disease outbreaks).