With few psychiatrists on the continent, could non-specialists fill the gap? Theresa Taylor investigates.
Looking at my worn-out shoes reveals how much I have traveled within Uganda over the past few months. But moving on road from place to place in this beautiful country is no ordinary experience you could just pass your eyes over; from vehicles weaving through potholed roads to starting random conversations with strangers especially when using public means. Public road transportation in Uganda is composed of taxis (Matatu), buses and motorcycles (Boda Boda). In this day and age when health systems around the world are stretched due to disease outbreaks, accidents and other public health challenges, I wonder whether regulation of public transport especially in my country could present a solution. Buses in Uganda are reputed for transporting persons and commodities between cities or even across borders
Elder abuse continues to be a worldwide problem. This year, former minister of social welfare, Paurina Mpariwa, accused the Zimbabwean government of neglecting the elderly. Read More
U.N. News Centre: New U.N. guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies “Two United Nations agencies [on Tuesday] issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and armed…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: ‘Exhausted’ Liberia struggles with long Ebola ‘to do’ list “Treating trauma and the mental health issues of Ebola survivors is one of the many challenges facing ‘exhausted’ Liberia, a senior health ministry official said…” (Zweynert, 4/17).
New York Times: A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers Rosalie Hughes, freelance journalist and former employee of the U.N. refugee agency and other relief organizations “…Rates of clinical depression among aid workers are double those of American adults. … Yet mental health support for the estimated 250,000 humanitarian workers in the trenches is woefully…More
On one hand, it’s heartening to see the attention being paid by the The Media to the issues around chronic stress, traumatic exposure, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among humanitarian workers. The Guardian got their article in almost a year ago, and cited a bunch of researchy-sounding studies on the subject. Then, as of […]
In our first couple of weeks with Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda, we were fortunate enough to visit a few of the families that had graduated GHI’s program so we would better understand the need for and the impact of our fight against childhood malnutrition. We were driven deep into the countryside and dropped off individually with different families that spoke very little or no English. I was introduced to my family in front of their mud and stick home, which they were waiting to expand when the rainy season returned and mud was easily available. The mother of the family, Clementine, greeted us at the road with her child on her back. Her husband was off doing some work nearby in the village
Devex: Can mental health services spur economic growth in Ebola-affected West Africa? “The World Bank and the Liberian government, in partnership with the government of Japan, launched Wednesday a project designed to tackle unaddressed psychological trauma in Liberian communities affected by protracted civil war and a relentless Ebola outbreak. Developers of the project hope that…More
Environmental health problems such as malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malnutrition pose very high burdens on the poor rural people in much of the tropics.
NPR: Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Is Feeling Kind Of Lost Karin Huster, who spent six weeks as Partner in Health’s clinical manager at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone “…The mental health of those returning from the Ebola battlefield has seldom been addressed. Yet we know all too well that those who…More
Inter Press Service: Dumped, Abandoned, Abused: Women in India’s Mental Health Institutions “…Not all the women languishing in these institutions even qualified as having mental health problems; some had simply been put there because they were having affairs, or were embroiled in property disputes with their families. … The scale was highlighted in a recent…More
NPR: Why Cambodians Never Get ‘Depressed’ “…Mental distress is a universal condition. The World Health Organization has made global access to mental health care one of its key goals. But just as words for depression and anxiety get lost in translation, so can treatments. … Culture affects how people understand and express mental disorders.
Humanosphere: 10 Global health issues to watch in 2015 In a guest post, Margarite Nathe, senior writer for IntraHealth International, outlines 10 top global health issues for 2015, including mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, family planning, mobile technology, global health security and surveillance, war and civil unrest, Ebola, the post-2015 development agenda, and people-centered health systems…More