ALLILLANCHU: Project for the integration of mental health imnto primary health care services

“Allillanchu” is a greeting term in Quechua, which translates into “How are you? How are you feeling?”. One of the projects’ aims is to incorporate this concern for other people’s emotional wellbeing into primary health care daily work and for the assessment of patient’s mental health to be a common practice among non-specialized health providers.



To develop, implement and evaluate an intervention designed to integrate mental health into the daily routines of primary health care providers who treat patients at high risk for depression: pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes and hypertension. The objective is to achieve early detection and timely referral of patients suffering from depression as well as to improve their access to treatment.


The Allillanchu Project intervention combines the training of 30 primary health care in mental health issues and the use of two mobile health strategies: a tablet application to carry out a brief standard screening test for depression; and an automated system for sending motivational text messages designed to encourage patients with depression to seek appropriate treatment. This combination of strategies aims to improve early detection and timely referral of patients with depression. The intervention is supported by two other essential components: (1) The engagement of key stakeholders, such as authorities of the Social Security System (EsSalud) of the Department of Health , as well as chief physicians and staff of participating health institutions, and; (2) A qualitative study designed to gather information that will facilitate the adaption of the intervention to the implementation context.




Alessandra Ipince


Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru


Grand Challenges Canada


2014 – 2015

Research team

Jaime Miranda MD, MSc, PhD, FFPH, Francisco Diez Canseco BA, MPH, Alessandra Ipince, BA, Mauricio Toyama, BA.

Contributors: Ricardo Araya, MD, MRCPsych, PhD (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Inglaterra).