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10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing

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Being Black as a Global Health Hazard

In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More

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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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U.N. Must Include Mental Health Indicators In SDGs

The Guardian: The United Nations must acknowledge that mental health is a development goal Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum and former U.S. representative to Rhode Island, and Kathleen M. Pike, professor of psychology and director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University “…The United Nations must address … mental health…More


Group Of Therapists Looks To Change Mental Health Treatment In Afghanistan

The Guardian: Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic “…Fourteen years of violence have created a hidden epidemic in Afghanistan of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-induced illnesses. It is one of the most enduring damages wrought by the war — one few people understand, and fewer can treat. But a small army of therapists…More


10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

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Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing


Being Black as a Global Health Hazard

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In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More


U.N. Should Prioritize Mental Health Efforts In SDGs

The Hill: Want a safer, more prosperous world? Invest in mental health Kathleen M. Pike, executive director and scientific co-director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University “…[T]he U.N. needs to recognize that untreated mental health problems increase risk for other illnesses and even decrease life expectancy. If the U.N


My journey from civil war to global health

Dr Jibril Handuleh (centre) is physician, researcher and lecturer with dual nationality in Somalia and Djibouti. After training as a general practitioner in his homeland, he overcame multiple challenges to publish 15 papers over the course of two years, in some of the world’s most widely-read medical journals. This is his story. Somalia’s wars, droughts and famines are well known, but less attention is paid to how these problems undermine the nation’s mental health.


Supporting mental health in South African HIV-affected communities: primary health care…

How do practitioners respond to the mental distress of HIV-affected women and communities?


Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

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Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


Tackling Mental Health Issues from the Ground Up

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This is a post by So Yoon Sim, 2014-2015 Research and Policy Fellow at Grameen PrimaCare in New York City. According to National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults in the United States—approximately 61.5 million Americans—experience mental illness, and one in 17—about 13.6 million—live with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. However, approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. As a Research and Policy Fellow, I had the chance to participate in a Mental Health Workgroup, launched by the Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (COMADRES) in January, representing my placement organization Grameen PrimaCare. Different health care providers that serve immigrant populations in Queens, New York City, joined this workgroup to identify gaps and barriers and develop innovative strategies to tackle mental health issues in the community.


Large Disparity Between Wealthy, Poor Nations’ Access To Mental Health Care, WHO Report Shows

The Guardian: Mental health care 50 times more accessible in wealthy countries “Nearly one in every 10 people has a mental health disorder, but just one percent of the global health workforce are working as psychiatrists, occupational therapists, or social workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed in a report that highlights deepening inequality…More


More Investment Needed In Global Mental Health Services As ‘Huge Inequalities’ Exist, WHO…

Reuters: Countries must invest more in mental health in hard times: WHO “Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 7/14). U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report finds ‘huge…More


WHO’s ‘Mental Health Atlas 2014′ Shows Inequalities In Financing For, Access To Mental…

WHO: Global health workforce, finances remain low for mental health In this media note, the WHO discusses its recently released “Mental Health Atlas 2014.” The agency writes, “…Huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live. … The report states global spending on mental health is still very low. Low…More


Factors influencing the career choice and retention of community mental health workers in Ghana

Background: Whilst there have been several studies exploring retention in health workers, little is known about health workers engaged in the provision of mental health services and the factors that affect their recruitment and retention.AimsThe objective of this research was to examine the views of stakeholders about the factors which influence career choices and retention of community mental health workers (CMHWs) in Ghana.


Higher Tobacco Taxes Should Be More Widely Implemented

Project Syndicate: Taxing Tobacco Oleg Chestnov, assistant director general of the WHO noncommunicable diseases and mental health program, and Tim Evans, senior director of health, nutrition, and population global practice at the World Bank Group “…According to the latest WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, levying taxes on tobacco is one of the cheapest…More


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