Mental Health


WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises


Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More


Behavior Change: Global Nutrition and Food Security Policy and the Life of the Practitioner

Habits are hard to change. We can all relate. Yet I frequently tell my patients that they should make lifestyle adjustments. For the patient population Read More


Indonesia Making Progress To Improve Mental Health Care Services, U.S. News Reports

U.S. News & World Report: The Prison of Mental Illness in Indonesia “…Lacking psychiatrists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to under-developed mental health systems. Without trained professionals leading the effort it’s difficult to design the entire infrastructure of a mental health system, from primary care providers up to psychiatric hospitals.…More

Syria’s Civil War Could Lead To Long-Term Mental Health Challenges, Consequences For Children

Washington Post: I treated kids in a Syrian hospital. We have no idea how to heal their trauma. John Kahler, pediatrician and volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society “…[The war in Syria] is maiming children emotionally as well as physically. … [The] environment [in Aleppo] has led to epidemics of anxiety and depression among…More

In India, systemic forces lead scores of indebted farmers to commit suicide

Combine restrictive financial policies with the instability of climate change, and what do you get? In India, unfortunately, it leads to crippling debt for farmers. Even worse, this debt is leading many of those farmers to commit suicide in large numbers. More than 300,000 farmers – cultivators and agricultural laborers – have committed suicide in

Indicators for routine monitoring of effective mental healthcare coverage in low- and…

High-quality information to measure the need for, and the uptake, cost, quality and impact of care is essential in the pursuit of scaling up mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Suicide first aid guidelines for Sri Lanka: a Delphi consensus study

Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

Is body weight dissatisfaction a predictor of depression independent of body mass index, sex…

Little is known about the association of dissatisfaction with body weight – a component of body image – with depression in individuals of different sex, age, and with different body mass index (BMI).

‘You have all those emotions inside that you cannot show because of what they will cause’:…

Publication date: Available online 20 August 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Lisa Guntram, Kristin Zeiler This article examines young women’s experiences of telling others that they have no uterus and no, or a so-called small, vagina – a condition labelled ‘congenital absence of uterus and vagina’, which falls within the larger category of ‘atypical’ sex development.

The Stories Behind the Photos

Every Partners In Health patient has a story to tell. We take pride in telling the stories of our patients, doctors, community health workers and more through respectful and ethical photography. In honor of World Photo Day on August 19, we asked PIH employees to tell the stories behind the photos they’ve taken at our sites around the world. Mtemankhawa, Malawi, April 2014 “Showing the true nature of poverty through photographs is impossible; however, there are rare photographs that capture, at least as best as an image can, an authentic moment from someone’s life or community.

Suicide deaths in India increasing at alarming rate

By Emma Swanhuyser Suicide rates in India are climbing faster than in the rest of the world with Indian women having some of the highest rates on the planet. India alone accounts for approximately 30 percent of the world’s suicide deaths. In 2013, suicide claimed the lives of more than a quarter of a million Indians.

Model Mental Health Care in Rwanda

Photos by Bob Muhumuza / Partners In HealthHategekimana Bashar (left), members of his family, and Mental Health Social and Community Support Coordinator Sifa Dorcas (second from right) chat outside Bashar’s home in Rwanda in July. Bashar is one of 1,200 Rwandans being treated by PIH’s pioneering mental health team. Hategekimana Bashar first began suffering from hallucinations and paranoid delusions when he was 26 years old. Dismayed, his family watched his behavior change until he was unable to care for himself, let alone his farm or cherished livestock.

PIH’s Summer Reading Picks

Photo by Zack DeClerck / Partners In Health From a long reading list that’s circulating around PIH this summer, we’ve handpicked 12 books that we think our supporters would also enjoy, with comments from staff on why. For scholars and wonks, there are a few spectacularly researched books on the big questions in global health. For fiction fanatics, we’ve included a couple of novels based in places where PIH works. For everyone in-between, the list is mainly nonfiction, ranging from the indispensable Mountains Beyond Mountains to a story about a doctor bringing peace in a war zone. Below, our recommendations.

Measuring mental disorders: The failed commensuration project of DSM-5

Publication date: October 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 166 Author(s): Owen Whooley Commensuration – the comparison of entities according to a common quantitative metric – is a key process in efforts to rationalize medicine.

WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

High-Income Countries, Industry Leaders Should Invest In Global Efforts To Reduce Lead’s…

New York Times: The Poisoning of Children Around the World Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth, and Jack Caravanos, professor of environmental health at the CUNY School of Public Health “…Severe, persistent lead poisoning is occurring throughout low- and middle-income countries on a massive scale. … Some of the adverse health impacts from lead include…More

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