Mental Health in Adults & Children - Frugal Innovations (MAC-FI)

April 2016 – November 2019

This study is jointly funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Invalids (MOLISA). The innovation aims to fill a critical gap in mental health services in Vietnam through the provision of two low-cost psychosocial interventions. The first intervention will train commune health workers to treat adults suffering from anxiety and depression through a supported self-management (SSM) approach. The second intervention will train social workers and other community based health workers to provide telephone based coaching and support to families of children with behavioral difficulties via the Strongest Families model. 

Research Partners:

Grand Challenges Canada
Vietnam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)
Vietnam Ministry of Health
Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD)
University of Melbourne
Strongest Families Institute
UNICEF Vietnam
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
Basic Needs Vietnam
Hue University

Contact Info:

Rebecca Zappelli, Director of Operations email: 

Useful Links:

Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD) <>

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) <>

Strongest Families < >