Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises
The Lancet: Experts confident of Congressional funding for U.S. Cures Act “Just five weeks before his presidency ended, Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a law that will sustain several of his signature biomedical research initiatives, streamline the U.S. drug and medical device approval process, improve the nation’s mental health care system, and…More
Global Public Health Journal: The Georgetown symposium on global mental health: Transdisciplinary perspectives Emily Mendenhall, assistant professor at Georgetown University, discusses conference proceedings from a one-day symposium hosted by Georgetown University on global mental health. Mendenhall writes, “This meeting followed four days of intensive meetings on global mental health in Washington, D.C., hosted by a…More
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Photo by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthPartners In Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee (left) visits with safe house resident Valeria Ruiz* following a ceremony marking the home’s official transfer to the Peruvian government. Partners In Health in Peru recently handed over control of its first safe house for women living with chronic mental illness to the Peruvian government, marking a major milestone in PIH's efforts to strengthen Peru's shift to a community-based mental health care system. Peru's National Institute of Mental Health and the municipality of Carabayllo, where PIH is based, assumed responsibility of the home during a ceremony in September, just over a year after the home’s opening. Government officials hope to expand PIH’s model to 200 homes nationwide to support the roughly 1,400 people who desperately need the care and protection these safe houses provide
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.