Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises
Photographs and comments by Partners In Health staff Our photographers have the opportunity to visit with health workers, colleagues, and patients all over the world—many of them women. “We meet far more women in terms of care and connection to the community and health centers than men,” says Rebecca Rollins, PIH’s chief communications officer. Women usually bring sick children to clinics or receive care themselves. Teams of nurses—mainly female—are the backbone of these facilities. In communities, health workers who go door to door checking up on patients are invariably women.
Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMasentebale Letima, 23, (left) and other expectant mothers pass the time in the shade of the maternal waiting home in Nkau, Lesotho, in March. Help a poor woman stay in school, a recent study found, and her children are more likely to survive. Help a mother earn a couple extra dollars, and her kids will get a better education. Give a woman a loan and she is more likely than a man to repay it
The Guardian: West Africa to target human and animal health together to fight Ebola and Zika “West African leaders have agreed a new approach to infectious diseases in an attempt to avert any repetition of the disastrous Ebola outbreak. Human, animal, and environmental health will all be considered together, and countries in the region will…More
Open Society Foundations: The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines In this explainer, Open Society Foundations describes the effects of drug control policies on access to essential medicines worldwide. The backgrounder also discusses how drug control policies impact access to mental health treatments and pain relievers, research into new medicines, and other issues…More
The plight of forcibly displaced people, who are fleeing conflict and violence, is best summed up by the lyrics of the plaintive 1970 classic by Argentine troubadour Facundo Cabral: “No soy de aquí ni soy de allá”(“I’m not from here nor there”). Those lyrics convey both the sense of uprootedness felt by those displaced from their native lands and habitual routines, and the feeling of “otherness,” emotional detachment, and powerlessness when relocated to foreign surroundings and societies, which in some cases, are unwelcoming to outsiders.
For as long as people have lived with – and in close proximity to – animals, the benefit of that reality has come with a serious trade-off… the potential for disease. That reality also explains why a “One Health” approach is used at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify and minimize the risk from zoonotic diseases, the technical term for diseases that spread between animals and people. One Health is becoming increasingly viewed as a cornerstone to a strong public health effort. That’s one reason November 3 has been designated the first annual “One Health Day,” a day designed to draw attention – and appreciation – to an important, yet sometimes under-recognized approach for protecting health.
Eight hundred and ninety-six people have been killed by police in the United States since January 1st. I have had to update the total each morning as I wrote this post. That boils down to 88.6 people per month. Were this rate to continue, we’ll fall just short of 2015’s total of 1,146 fatal police shootings.
World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility, and violence: What to do? Patricio V. Marquez, a World Bank lead health specialist, who heads the Global Tobacco Control Initiative at the World Bank Group, and Melanie Walker, senior adviser to the president and director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery…More
U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress “Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental health care available to everyone who needs it — with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in…More
Nature: The mental health crisis among migrants “…Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. … Most came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval, and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. … What hasn’t been widely discussed is the enormous burden of…More