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MDG : Mental health in Liberia : Dakemue Kollie, mental health coordinator in Bong County

Meeting Africa’s mental health needs

With few psychiatrists on the continent, could non-specialists fill the gap? Theresa Taylor investigates.

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The Intersection of Health and Public Transport in Uganda

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

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A Call to End Elder Abuse and Neglect in 2015

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

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Blog Post Outlines 10 Top Global Health Issues For 2015

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


Sierra Leone’s Health System Unequipped To Deal With Mental Health Problems From Ebola,…

The Guardian: Ebola takes mental health toll where ‘life has frozen’ in Sierra Leone “Ebola is causing mental health problems in Sierra Leone, with the country’s overstretched health system unable to deal with the psychosocial legacy of the outbreak, according to a report by the International Medical Corps. … The NGO warns that psychosocial and…More


India Needs Real Reform To Address High Suicide Rate, Mental Health ‘Crisis’

New York Times: India’s Mental Health Crisis Editorial Board “On Oct. 10, the government of India announced an ambitious new policy to provide universal mental health services. … India has the highest number of suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000 suicides recorded worldwide in 2012, 258,000 were in India.…More


Meeting Africa’s mental health needs

MDG : Mental health in Liberia : Dakemue Kollie, mental health coordinator in Bong County

With few psychiatrists on the continent, could non-specialists fill the gap? Theresa Taylor investigates.


The Intersection of Health and Public Transport in Uganda

road safety injury

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


A Call to End Elder Abuse and Neglect in 2015

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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


Impact of hospital mergers on staff job satisfaction: a quantitative study

Background: Hospital mergers began in the UK in the late 1990s to deal with underperformance.


Employing Peer Therapists Could Be Effective Strategy To Treat Depression In Developing…

New York Times: A Depression-Fighting Strategy That Could Go Viral Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…Depression is the most important thief of productive life for women around the world, and the second-most important for men. … We know how to treat depression. What we don’t know yet is…More


Mental Health Reflection – You are not weak.

This week, guest blogger Ashley Ng writes a reflective piece and poem on Mental Health, as Mental Health Day rolls by. Ashley is a PhD student at Deakin University and lives with diabetes. NCDFREE have recently launched their global campaign called #TheFace of NCDs. NCDs or Non-Communicable Diseases are health conditions that are non-infectious and cannot be passed from one person to another.


Evaluation of an inter-professional training program for student clinical supervision in…

Background: As a response to an Australian shortage of clinical health, nursing, and medical placements, Commonwealth Government funding has been directed to expand student training opportunities and increase the competence and number of available clinical supervisors.


Ban Calls For Improved Care For Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia “Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring ‘a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Friday] as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for people living with the mental…More


Lack Of Sanitation Leads To Health Problems In Uganda, But Local Solutions Offer Progress

Al Jazeera America: Unclogging Uganda’s rural sanitation crisis “…Poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing factors to three-quarters of the diseases found [in Uganda], according to Julian Kyomuhangi, assistant commissioner for environmental health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. … Foreign aid officials working on sanitation in Uganda say the most effective model they’ve found is one…More


Visualizing health disparities in war and peace: Israel vs Palestine

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Conflict between Israel and Palestine has resumed, with Israeli airstrikes killing top Hamas leaders and Hamas executing Palestinians they suspected of collaborating with Israel. The deadly cycle begins again, with civilian casualties mounting in Gaza as leaders on both sides blame each other for the breakdown in negotiations. To date, more than 2,000 Palestinians and


U.N. Stresses Importance Of Mental Health Among Youth, Commemorates International Youth Day

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for more efforts to address mental health among youth as the body commemorated International Youth Day on Tuesday. U.N. News Centre: Celebrating Youth Day, U.N. stresses importance of good mental health “Each year 20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations…More


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